Jo Jo Billingsley, one of Lynryd Skynyrd’s original “Honkettes”, died this morning after a year long battle with cancer. In December 1975,
Jojo was hired along with Cassie Gaines and Leslie Hawkins, to be a backup singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The group’s leader Ronnie Van Zant dubbed them “The Honkettes”.
In the October 20, 1977 airplane crash that killed several members of the band and road crew, Billingsley was not on the flight. JoJo stated that she had a dream two nights before the plane crashed foreseeing the crash. She attempted to warn the other band members not to get on the plane. According to JoJo, it led her to undergo a religious conversion.
“Jojo was an amzingly talented singer and a great person and I’m going to miss her” says music industry vet, Mike Kinnamon.
Jo Jo Left the music industry 1980, became a born again christian and then an evangelist in Alabama, as Deborah Jo Billingsley White. Jo Jo is survived by her husband, Timothy White and their two children.