Joe “Jo Jo”, Heitzmann

On Monday, May 27, 2019 Joe, “Jo Jo”, Heitzmann passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.

Joe graduated from Bay High in 1986 then went on to Pearl River Jr. College and graduated with honors in Metal Trades. He was employed by Cuevas Machine Co. in Poplarville, MS.

Joe was a very loving father to his three sons, Lil Joe, Zach and Adam. They all had the gift of music in their blood. Wherever his sons were performing, you would find Joe. Joe was an excellent drummer and played with several local musicians. Joe loved getting together with his friends and family members to play music.

He was also a well known Saints & LSU fan. His love for the Saints & LSU was undeniable. If the Saints & LSU were playing, Joe was in front of his big TV. Football season will never be the same without ‘Smokin’ Jo’ as he was known to many of his friends and family during this time. When you talk about cars and speed, then Joe was right there too. He was involved with drag racing and vintage cars as well. You could find him at the race track on any given weekend.

When it came to family, there was nothing better than a good ole' crab or crawfish boil and they will never be the same without him.

Joe loved his entire family very much. Surrounded by his four sisters and one brother, Joe had lots of hugs to give. Never did he step into a room without greeting everyone with hugs, kisses and handshakes. That was Joe’s true spirit.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Dunnam Penrose, grandparents Henry and Dorothy Heitzmann, Mary Catherine Coleman Roofner (Hal) and Homer Dunnam (Lydia).

Joe was survived in death by his father, Henry “Jay” Heitzmann, II (Naomi), step-father Norvin Penrose, Jr., sons Joseph R. Heitzmann, Zachary M. Heitzmann and Adam H. Heitzmann, sisters Michele Heitzmann Moseley (Billy), Mary Catherine Penrose Mitchell ( Jimmy), Helen Penrose Haas (Scott), Belle Penrose Davis, brother Jason Heitzmann (Paige), and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews who were all very close to ‘Uncle Jo Jo’.

Special thanks to the staff at Ochsners Hancock, Ochsners Main, first responders of Waveland, MS, and to Reverend Chris Klingenfus, Main Street Methodist Church, Bay St. Louis, MS , and Father Jacob Matthew Smith, OFM, of St. Clare Church of Waveland, MS.

Our hearts are lighter today knowing that our Jo Jo is at peace in the arms of his mother and our dear Lord.

Visitation will be held at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS. Friday, May 31 from 10:00 am until 12 noon. Interment will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Bay St. Louis.

Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of the arrangements.

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Mr. Joe was my friend, He was like a second father to my boys Donald and Walt and my son from another Kaleb. Joe was involved in the boys band throughout high school, even touring with their father Don to the Hard Rock in Florida.
Mr, Joe loved his boys, all his boys, All my love to the family and especially Josey, Adam and Zach. I love you all.

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