JoAnn K. Willard PDF Print E-mail

JoAnn Kunkle Willard, 74, of Newberry, widow of Young Mancel Willard, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on May 28, 1940, in Prosperity, she was a daughter of the late Ellis and Eleanor Folk Kunkle. She was a registered nurse having retired as an administrator of White Oak Manor-Newberry. She volunteered as a nurse at the Newberry County Free Medical Clinic after retirement. Mrs. Willard was a member of Cannon's Creek-Prosperity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church where she served as the congregational chairperson.

She is survived by a son, Michael (Lisa) Willard of Newberry; a daughter, Fran (Rick) Martin of Newberry; a sister, Janice K. Hall of Batesburg; brothers, Jim Kunkle of Pomaria and Tommy Kunkle of Prosperity; grandchildren, Dustin and Todd Hatchell, Jessica, Spirit, Breanna and Madison Martin; a great-grandson, Brayden Hatchell. Mrs. Willard was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Hatchell, a son-in-law, David Hatchell.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Cannon's Creek-Prosperity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church by the Rev Brett Blackman. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Cannon's Creek-Prosperity ARP Church, 14417 C.R. Koon Highway, Newberry, SC 29108.

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#19 Larry Jennings 2015-01-06 13:23
I am so sorry for your loss. JoAnne was a good Christian woman and will be missed by all who knew her.
#18 Mary Jo L Piester 2015-01-04 17:18
We are so sorry for your loss. All of Joann's Family & Friends are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord give you comfort, peace, and grace today and the days ahead ~ William & Mary Jo L Piester
#17 Lea and Rick Attaway 2015-01-04 14:29
Fran, I am so sorry for your loss and know you are in our prayers.
#16 Betty Brown 2015-01-03 19:22
Sending Love and condolences to the entire family. Raymond and JoAnn used to have so much fun together they both loved to joke so much. She will be missed. Love to all,

Betty Brown
#15 Larissa B. Anstead 2015-01-02 22:47
From Larissa Brown Anstead and Lewis (Olin Browns daughter) May you find some comfort in your loss. JoAnn was a wonderful strong woman whom I wish I had gotten to see again. Her love for outdoors and fishing and the time she spent with Lewis and I after my dad passed will always be remembered. She and Bud let us stay in the trailer out on near the river and that was such a special time. I've not gotten back to Newberry since my son died. But I did have hopes of getting there to see her again. She was one of the most down to earth women I have ever known not afraid to express her opinion and be just whom she was. I know she will be missed greatly.. Love to all, to much time has gone and a lot of family is not well known, oh to return to the times of our youth when we all met at granny Browns house and played and knew each other.
#14 Dia Ware 2015-01-02 12:34
Mike, Fran and Family, I'm deeply saddened to hear of Ms. Joann's passing. Such a heart of gold. I always enjoyed working for her at White Oak. Firm when you needed it but a joy to be around; that was Ms. Joann. Sending up prayers that God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
#13 Jay Salter 2015-01-02 12:22
My family and I would like to express our condolences for your loss. Mrs. Willard is truly in a better place. May God bless and keep you during this time and always.
#12 Jimmy & Linda Broome 2015-01-02 10:39
We are truly sorry to hear of Joann’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of years long ago with Joann and family, I will cherish them always.
#11 Jimmy & Linda Broome 2015-01-02 10:32
We are truly sorry to hear of Joann’s passing. I have great memories of her from years long ago, and will cherish them always.
#10 Daphna Lane 2015-01-01 23:07
Fran, Mike and family, I am so sorry for your lost, I grieve with you. JoAnn was a wonderful woman, friend, and boss with a heart of gold. Hard on you when she needed to be to keep you in line. Please know that all of you are in my prayers. Thanks for sharing her with me. She will always be my DUKE partner.
#9 Annette Kyzer 2015-01-01 20:17
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joann was a school friend of mine. RIP dear friend. Annette M. Kyzer
#8 Daphna Lane 2015-01-01 18:39
Fran and Mike, and rest of the family, I am so sorry for your lost. JoAnn was a wonderful woman, friend, boss, and a tuff cookie when she needed to be.I respected her and loved her. She was my Duke partner. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.
#7 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2015-01-01 15:14
Jim, Tommy & Family, so sorry to hear about JoAnn. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers.
Robbie Koon DeFreese
#6 Robin & Allen Cox 2015-01-01 13:21
Mike, Fran and families,
We were so sorry for your loss. May The Lord wrap your family in his loving. Prayers from the Cox family
#5 Betsy Black 2015-01-01 12:06
Sending prayers to JoAnn's family. I have known and respected her ever since I finished nursing school 48 yrs ago. She was a strong lady. I know she will be missed.
#4 Rodney/Sarah Griffin 2014-12-31 23:12
Keeping your family in our prayers.
#3 Dolly & Wayne Blount 2014-12-31 20:16
Fran , we are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May God be with you and your family during this time.
#2 Butch & Tricia Price 2014-12-31 19:48
We are so sorry for your loss. Please you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Butch & Tricia
#1 Helen/Wes Griffin 2014-12-31 18:10
JoAnn was a true servant of The Lord. She will be missed, but her fine legacy is here in her children and grandchildren. Farewell, friend. "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted."