Janna Kaye Burkes Gibson, 74, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 12, 2021, at her home in Lampasas following a prolonged illness.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Sneed Funeral Chapel.
Janna was born on January 2, 1947, in Lampasas to Neva Bradley Burkes and Clyde Burkes. She grew up in and around Lampasas, spending her adolescence at home in east Lampasas County, near the Lampasas River, northeast of Rumley with her beloved parents, Neva and Eugene (Snooks) Stiles. Together they attended Broad Street Church of Christ. Janna attended school at Lampasas and after high school, she finished beauty school in Killeen before beginning her career in the telephone industry. She worked as an operator for Mid-Tex Telephone Company in Killeen, Southwestern Bell in Dallas, and retired from General Telephone, in Irving, as an account supervisor in 2002. Soon after retirement, she and her sons moved to Copperas Cove to care for her beloved stepfather, Snooks. After his death, she bought a home in Lampasas where she lived until Jesus called her home.
During the years immediately following her return to Lampasas, she enjoyed spending time with her sons and their friends. Family friends lovingly recalled Friendsgiving Gatherings during those years, where Janna would bring her delicious baked beans which quickly became a tradition.
Janna loved Jesus, enjoyed relaxing at home, spending time with her sons, visits from young children, watching television, and her little dog Pattuni. She will be remembered by loved ones for her compassion, and for her caring, colorful, outgoing personality.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Neva Bradley Stiles; her stepfather, Eugene (Snooks) Stiles; her father, Clyde Burkes; sister, Ray Nell Land, and brother, C.W. Burkes.
Janna is survived by her sons, David Coy Laffoon and William Lee Largent, two half-sisters, a sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Sneed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.