The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


January 20, 2014

Joan Harrington, 75, of Albemarle, who loved her church, yard sales, thrift stores, died Jan. 18, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014 — The sweet spirit of Joan Huneycutt Harrington, 75, of Albemarle, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday January 18, 2014 to be with her lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday January 20, 2014, at the Albemarle Wesleyan Church with Rev. Steve Saunders and Rev. Doug Beadle officiating. Burial will be in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family received friends on Sunday evening at Stanly Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.

She is survived by her two children, Steve Thompson and wife Candy and Susan Johnson and husband Eric; a brother, Jerry “Square” Huneycutt; two sisters, Nancy Huneycutt and Nell Simpson, as well as many, many friends.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Marshall Brian Harrington, her parents, Maude and Ambrose Huneycutt, and a brother, Roger Huneycutt.

Known by all as “Jo-Ann,” she was a faithful lifelong member of the Albemarle Wesleyan Church. She loved serving her church and was always thrilled to see her dumpling pots empty after a fellowship hall feed.

She graciously looked forward to playing the piano for Sunday services. Having a natural talent for the piano, her spirited playing was admired and appreciated by all. Along with church, mom enjoyed yard sales, thrift stores, and meeting with her friends at the YMCA.

She loved to laugh and always enjoyed a good joke. Her favorite phrase was, “Are you kidding me?” To the very end, Mom never stopped being a mom and continued to instruct us how to boil eggs and wash our clothes. So Mom, “When you get to heaven, don’t wash your angel wings in hot water.”

We (Steve and Susan) would like to extend a very special thank you to the workers and volunteers of Hospice of Stanly County for their hard work and compassion in the respite care of our mother. We could not have gone through this difficult time without their help and the help of some very special family members and close friends: you know who you are.

Please support your local Hospice by sending donations and pray for strength for those workers to continue doing what they do. Donations can also be made to the Albemarle Wesleyan Church and the American Cancer Society.

Lastly, we would like to offer some comforting words to our mother: “We’ll see you on the other side, Mama. And no, we’re not kidding you.”

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