A TIME TO BE BORN
Mrs. Joann Jones Bethea was born in Southeastern General Hospital, Lumberton, North Carolina on December 19, 1952. She was raised in the Proctorville, Orrum, communities by her parents Mr. Major Junior Jones and Mrs. Ophelia Barr Jones who both preceded her in death. She was brought up in a Christian home and was first introduced to the precepts and teachings of Jesus Christ at an early age at Mt. Zion Free Will Missionary Baptist Church. Joann was a good wife, loving mother, grandmother and worked hard to provide for her family.
A TIME TO LEARN
Joann attended Proctorville High School and when the schools integrated in the sixties she attended Orrum High School. She also enrolled at Robeson Community College and took Home Health Care courses. She worked at International Jensen as a Production Coordinator (PC) for ten years. Upon moving to Maryland she continued her education and received her Personal Care Assistant Certificate. She enjoyed her employment in the health care field.
A TIME TO SERVE
Joann retired from home health care in 2012 but continued working in private duty. She really loved giving personal care to her clients and was happiest when she was providing care in the privacy of their home. During this time Joann was also active in the community of Fairmont. She served as Vice President of the Fairmont Democratic Party and participated in local, state, and national elections in a major way. She served as a board member of the Stop the Violence Program INC. Joann was a member of Ohovah AME Church where she served as Vice President of the Pastor’s Aid Committee, Vice President of the Trustee Board, Stewardess and a member of the Adult Choir. She proudly served as a delegate to different conferences. She was also a volunteer for American Legion Post Number 548 in Fairmont, NC.
A TIME TO REST
On December 29, 2018 after a short illness Joann passed away peacefully with her family at her side. She was preceded in death by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Major Jones, two brothers, and her daughter Andrea Renee Jones. The family thanks the staff at Southeastern Health also Southeastern Hospice House, Lumberton for the loving care given to her and the family during her transitioning.
A TIME TO REMEMBER
She leaves to cherish her memory: a husband after 25 years of marriage and over fifty years of friendship, Milton (Pete) Bethea; three beautiful daughters; Felicia Jacques (Patrick) of Fayetteville, NC; Latonya Jones and Ophelia R. Thompson both of Lumberton, NC one step-daughter Nia M. Love of Hampton VA. One son, Rodney Eldry Thompson of Fairmont; two step-sons; Antonia L. Bethea of Maryland, and Torry Campbell of Lumberton, NC; Two sisters; Edna Ruth Townsend and Alice Faye Jones; Brothers; Larry Jones of Ft. Walton Florida , Ronald Jones (Denise) of Lumberton, NC; Jerry Jones, Cameron Jones of Proctorville, NC. Six Sisters-In-Law; Michelle Blakeney, Twana Powell, Lucretia Marshall, Twana Bethea, Alicia Boykins, Denise Jones, and Three Brothers-In-Law; Timothy Little, William Pat Blakeney, Lonnie Bethea; a loving mother-in-law, Willie M. Bethea; Nineteen Grandchildren; and 8 Great-Grandchildren. Her best friend, Louise Fulmore Reaves; adopted sister Sylvia M. Davis: and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.