JoAnn Ring


JoAnn Ring, 86 years of age, of Pampa, Texas, finally heard God call her name and answered without hesitation to her new home in Glory on Monday, April 8, 2024, while family witnessed her prayers being answered. 

JoAnn was born one of five children to George and Gertrude Winegeart on July 31, 1937, in Wellington, Texas.

Throughout her education, JoAnn attended Lefors Elementary, Pampa Junior High, Lefors High School, earned her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) from Baton Rouge VoTech and attended LSU for two years. 

She married Norman Ray Timmons in 1953, and soon after they started a family. Later, she married Jesse T. Ring in 1976.

Both Jesse and JoAnn had families, however, with God as the focal point and surrounded by love, the families blended seamlessly.

JoAnn was certainly blessed with a God given talent as she could hear a piece of music or a few notes and play from just that. 

She was raised in church and accepted Christ as her Savior when she was merely 5 years old, and her daddy had her playing the piano at church at the age of 12. She continued playing at her church homes for 72 years until retiring in 2023. 

She was very devoted and even learned ASL (American Sign Language) so she and Jesse could go on church retreats and help teach the deaf children as well. 

She even attended and graduated from Grayson School of the Bible in Oklahoma. 

There was never a time that she didn’t have her kids in church and even referred to Donna, Steve, and Gary Dean as the “Timmons Trio” because she had them singing specials at every opportunity. 

Not only did JoAnn play piano, but she sang and wrote songs as well. Some of her songs are even published. 

During the pandemic, for two years, JoAnn livestreamed herself…well, only her hands, playing hymns, and ministering to others through her music.

She was also very artistic and a talented painter, her house is full of her paintings and only the good Lord knows how many of her painted items she has blessed others with. She loved to play games; trash talked and cheated (but only in a sincere Christian manner) to win! 

JoAnn was extremely stubborn and strong willed, she had a great sense of humor and never ran short on wit and somehow, she was very demanding, yet in a sweet and loving way. She deemed herself Queen of her birthdays and her favorite phrase was “Because JoAnn said so!” 

Certainly, one of a kind, her spunk, her humor, and love will be missed by all who knew her.

She was greeted into Heaven by her parents; her husband, Jesse Ring; sons, Jesse “Buddy” Ring, Jr, Dennis James Ring, Steven Ray Ring, Gary Dean Timmons; a granddaughter, Mandy Roberts and siblings, Colleen Lowe, Earl Winegeart, Elmer Don Winegeart, and Patsy Winegeart Jones.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories and carry on her legacy three children, Steve Timmons and wife Tracie of Wheeler, Donna Brown and husband Milton of Pampa, LaWausa Crain and husband Mike of Pampa; six grandchildren, Chad Box, Micheal Box and wife Alva, Evan McCurley and wife Bethany, Lauren Paul-Petersen and husband Evan, Tyler Timmons, Kelley Timmons and wife Leslie, many great grandchildren as well as many great-great-grandchildren and a plethora of nieces, nephews and cousins, not to mention the many whom considered her mom and that she adopted as her own!

Should donations in honor of JoAnn be preferred, the family kindly suggests they be made to her beloved church home, Highland Baptist Church, 1301 N. Banks Street, Pampa, TX 79065.

Celebration of Life Memorial Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Friday, April 12, 2024, at Highland Baptist Church with Brother Paul Nachtigall officiating, assisted by Brother Rick Timmons and Brother Ronny Tubbs.

The family has entrusted the cremation care of their loved one to Winegeart Funeral Home.

Should you wish to leave condolences or words of love and comfort for the family on JoAnn’s Book of Memories, please visit