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Joann Jones Bethea December 29, 2018

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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The funeral for Mrs. Bethea will be at First Baptist Church, North Main Street, Fairmont on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow in the Ohovah Memorial Gardens in Orrum, N.C., with the releasing of four White Dove's. Visitation with the family is from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Friday January 4, 2019 at Hills Chapel. 302 North Main Street, Fairmont, NC


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    Tara says

    I’m sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. You have my condolences.

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    Shirley A Baker says

    Heartfelt condolences to Milton, Children the Bethea and Jones Family. It is with a broken heart that I write this, we have been neighbors and friends for many years, more like family. I send prayers of comfort and asking God to give you strength and carry you through this time of sorrow. She will be missed.

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    Linda says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. If this can be comforting to you, just know that he is no longer suffering (Ecclesiastes 9:5) and now he, as well as others who have died, awaits the wonderful resurrection that Jehovah God has promised (Acts 24:15). I hope this message brings you comfort

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    Betty Jean says

    Aunt Joanne was one of the most down-to-earth person with that beautiful smile to match that you could ever want to meet. She met no strangers and if she could help you, she would, because that was the type of person she was. She loved her family and her family loved her. As a matter of fact she took stride and pride in her family from being a wife, a mother, sister, aunt as well as a grandmother. You knew this because, when you ask her about her family, her face would just light up telling you about her family. Mr. Pete, Felicia, Tammy, Doc and Ophelia Rosetta, I want you to know that I am here for you with a listening ear. The whole family is in my heart, but most importantly my prayers during this trying and crying time. Just know that there is going to come a time when everything we face in the world, especially sickness and death will be a thing of the past. Isaiah 33:24 helps to see that sickness will be a thing of the past. We know that we will see her again according to Chrst Jesus’ promise at John 5:28-29, which gives us the guarantee of the resurrection hope and when that day comes it will be a Grand Family Reunion under God’s Kingdom. Until that day comes not only do we have to cope with the sting of her death, but we also need to be there for one another in order for us to cope with her death. Again, love all of you very much and I am here for you.

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    Sara says

    I’m sorry for your loss and I love y’all but she will be missed she is in a better place now

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    Sheriff Burnis Wilkins says

    Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
    Thinking of your Family at this time.

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    Angela Hill (Angie) says

    My heart is filled with prayers for the family. I will truly miss Mrs. Joanne. She was a true friend indeed. I met her and Mr.Pete when I was a teenager. I hung around them because of my then at the time husband. Even though they were all much other then me I was able to gleam from her motherly wisdom. She took me under her wings so to speak when me and my husband were going through a rough time in our marriage and I was able to stay with my husband until his death. I will be forever grateful for her guidance that she gave to me. I will never forget her kind acts of love she showed toward me and my son. I pray God fills her families heart with His peace that passes all your understanding .I pray for comfort and strength.

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    Mrs. LaToya Farmer, Dj and Elisha (Ohovah AME Church-Former First Lady- Family Forever) says

    On behalf of the late Rev. Derrick M Farmer Sr. and our family, we want to express our deepest condolences. Mrs Joanne was a beautiful woman with a beautiful Spirit that truly loved the Lord. Her love and physical presence will be missed here on earth BUT, find comfort in knowing that God has more work for her to do! Although we can’t see her, please know you will always have an angel in Heaven watching over you.

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    Alma Sumler says

    I would like to express my condolences in the loss of your dear loved one. The bible gives us hope of seeing them again in the promised resurrection to come according to scriptures such as [John 5:28-29] and [Acts 24:15]. We find further hope in scriptures like [Isaiah 25:8] and [Revelations 21:3-5] which says in part that Jehovah God will wipe out every tear from our eyes and death will be no more, because God will swallow up death forever. I hope these scriptures will be of some comfort.
    With Deep Sympathy.

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