Thursday, May 9, 2013 — Ileen H. Harwood, 87, died peacefully, May 4, 2013, at Beacon Place in Greensboro, N.C.
Born August 2, 1925, in Stanly County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Zeb Dee Huneycutt and Ona Elizabeth Furr Huneycutt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Floyd Harwood, who died in 1982, and her siblings, Hubert Huneycutt, Mildred Love, Hoyle Huneycutt and Harold Huneycutt.
With her husband, a former grocery executive, she lovingly raised her two sons, Mike and Rocky, in Lexington, Mooresville, High Point, Danville and Greensboro before returning to Albemarle upon Ray’s retirement.
As her health began to decline, she moved to the Heritage Greens retirement community in Greensboro, where she resided for the past 12 years. She enjoyed being named an “Ambassador” for the community, greeting and entertaining new residents for a number of years. Her weekly Scrabble games were also a highlight of her years there.
Ileen had a passion for sports and politics. She spent countless hours watching Atlanta Braves baseball games and checked the newspaper daily to follow the baseball standings. She thoroughly enjoyed watching Mike’s Tarheel basketball games and Rocky’s Gamecocks’ football team.
Although mostly confined to her home in recent years, she insisted that Rocky provide her with absentee ballots in all elections. She took great pride in her state and country, as evidenced by her perfect voting record.
She loved spending time with her family and especially looked forward to visits from her three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons and their spouses; Michael and Renie Harwood of Kiawah Island, S.C. and Rocky and Brenda Harwood of Greensboro, N.C.; her granddaughters, Kristan Hampton (Jamie) of Marietta, Ga., Brooke Harwood of Greensboro, N.C. and Cortney Bishop (Baker) of Sullivan’s Island, S.C.; and her great-grandchildren, Lily and Emma Hampton and Ryder and Lucy Kohl Bishop.