The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


June 5, 2013

Joe Billy Harwood

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — Joe Billy Harwood, age 82, of Albemarle, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.   

The family received friends at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 6-8 p.m.

The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Robert Cauble and Rev. David Hatley, will be at Tabernacle United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. The body will lie in a 30 minute state prior to the service. Burial will follow at Salem United Methodist Church.

At other times, the family will meet at his home.

Joe was born on June 10, 1930, to the late Pearson Harwood and the late Gertrude Harwood. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maxine Harwood.

Mr. Harwood is survived by four sons, Jeff Harwood and wife Sherri, Robert Harwood and wife Debra, Paul Harwood and wife Donna, all of Albemarle and Jon Harwood of Rock Springs, Wyo.; a daughter, Cynthia Harwood Rhea of Gastonia; eight grandchildren, Joe Harwood, Nathan Harwood, Erin Harwood, Zachary Harwood, Nolan Harwood, Kristen Hatley and husband Luke, Lauren Parker and husband Johnny and Dane Rhea; and two great-grandchildren, Kaylee Parker and Alexis Hatley.   

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1988. He served in the Korean War in the U.S. Army.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Harwood family.

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