Jo Danna Farr of Concan, TX entered her heavenly home on January 30th, 2022, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Jody was born in San Antonio, TX on July 12th, 1951 to John Studer and Billie Neal Graves. She grew up in Uvalde and spent much of her childhood in Concan with her Neal’s cousins. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1969 and after completing the “Texas Tour” of colleges she graduated from Sul Ross University with a B.S. in Art Education.
After college, Jody moved to Ruidoso, NM where she fell in love with skiing. She was a phenomenal skier throughout her life and taught many of her nieces and nephews how to ski. When she later returned to Uvalde, she started a life-long career of building small businesses in the area. She began with the Tin Lizzie restaurant in downtown Uvalde which many locals still remember for its “Coupelets” and other famous soups and sandwiches. After that, she managed the Olympic Sports store.
In 1985, Jody opened Frio’s Dry Fifty in Concan with her sister Gayle. It would become her longest venture, and the store celebrated 37 years on the Frio this past summer. Her creativity was the driving force behind the store’s success. She drew many of her first t-shirt designs by hand. Jody had an incredible work ethic and inspired the many young people that worked for her. She was like a mother to her employees and, for some, a saving grace. Visitors to the store became part of her Dry Fifty family, and many returned year after year to experience her warm laughter and friendship.
In 1991 her pride and joy, Thomas Lee Farr II was born. She began her greatest adventure yet, becoming a mother. He filled her world with laughter, quick-witted banter, guitar playing, and so much happiness that you could see it in her eyes when she spoke of him. Jody was an artist at heart. She painted her world with faith, love, confidence, and a little bit of “cracking the whip”. She truly had a heart of gold and lived with an energy few could match. Her love for the Lord was unwavering and she was a good and faithful servant throughout her life.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother John S. Graves Jr., and her brother-in-law Wayne Korbell.
She is survived by her son Thomas Farr; her sister Janeal Prickett and husband Chris of Odessa; her sister-in-law Carol Graves of Concan; her sister Gayle Korbell of Concan; and brother Brian Graves and wife Terry of Santa Fe, NM. She is also survived by her aunt Mary Hufstedler, many nieces, nephews, cousins and her best friend Nell Roosa.
A visitation will be held Saturday at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde from 3-5 pm.
The service will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, February 6th, at the Concan Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Concan Baptist Mission. Reception to follow at Neal’s Dining Room.
Memorial Donations can be made to the Concan Baptist Mission or the charity of your choice.