Joan Jones Petty, 86

Born: Sat., Dec. 31, 1932
Died: Wed., Jul. 24, 2019


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 26, 2019
Location: Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 27, 2019
Location: First Broad Baptist Church

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Helen Joan Petty

Joan Petty, 86, of Golden Valley went to Heaven on July 24th at Atrium of Cleveland County after a brief illness. Nurses, doctors and other staff on the 3rd floor of the hospital will forever be remembered by the family for their expertise and kindness. Special thanks are also extended to the staff of White Oak Manor of Rutherford for the excellent care they provided during the last years of Joan’s life.

Joan was born on December 31, 1932, to Paul and Estelle Spratt Jones. After Estelle passed away when Joan was a little girl, Paul married Joan’s other mother, Sue Withrow Jones. Joan was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Albert Petty Sr. They shared a wonderful life together as they farmed and worked in the textile industry. Joan, a member of First Broad Baptist Church, enjoyed caring for her family. She was an excellent homemaker and cook, preparing delicious Sunday meals until her declining health made this impossible. Chocolate gravy with hot buttered biscuits was a treat her family will always remember.

She often shared delightful stories with her children and grandchildren about growing up in Golden Valley and the happy times shared with her schoolmates and friends. Life was not always easy, but Joan worked hard beside of her husband to provide a good life for her son and daughter.

Left to cherish her memory are her sister and brother-in-law, Reba and Cecil Willis, of Boiling Springs, NC; her daughter Christine Petty Mason, of Bostic; her son, Albert Petty Jr. and wife Donna, of Bostic. Joan delighted in her grandchildren: Derek Mason and fiancée Amanda, of Elizabeth City, NC; Sarah Petty Crank and husband Marcus of Bostic; and Richard Petty of Bostic and fiancée Ashley of Rutherfordton.

Visitation will be on Friday, July 26th, at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral Home in Bostic from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A funeral service to honor the life of Joan will be on Saturday, July 27th at the First Broad Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Her body will lie instate from 10:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Rev. Robert Bradley, Rev. Tripp Queen, and Rev. Charles Battle will officiate. Interment will follow in the First Broad Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Ginny Owens
   Posted Wed July 24, 2019
Albert, Donna & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you all & comfort you.
Keeping you all in my prayers,
In His name,
Ginny & David Owens

Georgia Melton Morris
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
Donna and ALL the Petty family, I am SO sorry for your loss. Remembering you with love and prayers.

Gregory Allen Petty
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
Joan (Jo-Ann) was a Christian and a lady in the purest sense of the word, she was absent any pretense or facade. Everyone who was honored to be in her presence always left in an uplifted spirit. Although her mother was taken from her while she was still a child, God poured out his blessings on her. She was given a step-mother and sister who loved her but still she would grieve over her mother's death all her life. She was given an honorable husband and two children who returned her love. She was over loaded with compassion, empathy, charity and love for her family. Her mother in-law would become as another mother to her and two sister in-laws would be as her sisters where the deep love was mutual. She was blessed with three grandchildren of whom she delighted in and loved. My wife and I enjoyed many visits with her that always ended up in laughter. Joan made the world a better place by her life and the loss will be felt by all. God bless y'all, Albert Jr,, Donna and Chris, Derick, Sara and Richard. Honored to be her nephew, Gregg Petty and wife Bennie.

Sherri Bailey
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
When I think of Aunt Jo, I think of her laugh. She had one of the most unforgettable, joyous laughs that can only belong to someone with a kind and loving heart.

MawMaw Rosie loved her so much. Joan was her best friend and I remember them talking on the phone late at night after work. MawMaw would be on her green sofa, the smoke from a Virginia Slims cigarette floating across the room, and I could hear Aunt Jo laughing through the phone.

My Mother loved her, too. If Mother were still alive, she would be brokenhearted. She adored Aunt Jo and spoke of her many, many times over the years.

May God give you all comfort and peace now and in the coming days, weeks and months. You were blessed by God to have her for a Mother, grandmother, and sister. I am blessed for having known her.

   Posted Thu July 25, 2019

Amanda Martin Ray
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
Albert Jr and Donna- I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

kathy owensby
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
Chris and Albert , I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Chris you looked so much like her. What a blessing to have a Godly mother that you know you will see again. I know your heart is broken. It is hard to lose a parent.
To the rest of the family I know you are hurting also losing a grandmother, aunt, and mother in law. I will be keeping you all in my prayers!!! Love you Chris.. Kathy Owensby

Linda Linda Payseur
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Linda Payseur.

With loving thoughts and prayers David and Linda , Gregg and Bennie , Wendel and Anna

   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all. Love you.

Claude and Jerre Foster
   Posted Thu July 25, 2019
Dear special friends, so sorry for the loss of Alberts mother! What a wonderful life she seemed to have had. Prayers for you all and love for sure. ❤️

Brenda & Calvin Hoyle
   Posted Fri July 26, 2019
I am sorry to hear that Joan had passed away. I just wish I had known that she was in Shelby at the hospital and I would have tried to go see her. I missed talking to her when went to White Oak, we would usually have a few good laughs. She was a sweet person. I wish someone had let me know.
I love her very much.

Guy and Paula Harris
   Posted Sun July 28, 2019
Donna and Albert, so sorry for your loss
Guy and Paula Harris

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