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In Memory of Precinct Judge JoAnn Beal

JoAnn Beal, pictured above clapping at the June 13, 2009 NCGOP State Convention,
died Tuesday, Oct. 20. She was a precinct judge for the Franklin County Republican Party
and will be missed by all of us. Below is the obituary from the News and Observer. You may
also visit JoAnn's guest book (see below).


JoAnn Agnes Beal


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JoAnn Agnes Beal, 72, died Tuesday October 20, 2009 at Nash General Hospital. She was born in Stafford Springs, CT. daughter of the late Andrew Hlobik and Agnes (Gracie) Hlobik. She was a retired accountant. JoAnn was a volunteer in many different organizations. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society , the Bunn Outreach Program, the Humane Society, the Angel Food Ministries and various garden clubs and the voting polls. She was a member of the NCECA a womens organization that is big in the State of N.C. where she was past president, vice president and was currently serving as treasurer. Funeral service will be held 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, October 24, 2009 in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Southeastern Seminary Cemetery. Surviving are: her husband, Clyde Beal; daughter, Gina Hlobik of Provincetown, MA; stepdaughter, Jeanette Bottorff of Windber, PA; a brother, Bill Hlobik and wife, Janet of Willington, Ct; three step-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 11 S. Boylan Ave. Raleigh, N.C. 27603 or to a charity of ones choice. Friends may visit with the family from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2009 at Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center 405 South Main St. Wake Forest, N.C. 27587. (919-556-5811) 


October 24, 2009
The Franklin Times

Joann Beal dies at 72
Friends say that until the end, Joann Beal held on to her Connecticut accent.

But she made Franklin County and the Bunn community her home and worked tirelessly to leave it and the world better than how she found it.

Beal died Tuesday at the age of 72.

Until the end, friends say, she was continuing her efforts to help those less fortunate.

“She was like the Energizer Bunny,” said Patti Arms, who worked with Beal on a number of projects, including helping the community with social services through Bunn Community Outreach.

 “Some people will get active ...  but she was totally immersed. 

“It gave her a great deal of joy.”

Beal was born in Stafford Springs, Conn., and made her way to Franklin County about 20 years ago.

She was no wallflower, friends said, in terms of personality or involvement.

Besides Bunn Community reach, Beal volunteered for the Cancer Society, the Humane Society, Angel Food Ministries, helped with United Way projects and she helped with garden clubs and voting polls.

“She kind of got me included in her schemes,” said Bunn Commissioner and long-time friend and volunteer buddy Linda Pippin.

“She would call and say we’re meeting at such and such and I’ll pick  you up,” Pippin said. “She was so involved in so many things and she wanted me to feel her passion for it. 

“She was a very passionate person about the community and her county.

“On the morning she passed, she told people that this is my running buddy.”

Pippin said it was probably a miracle that Beal was walking, much less running around taking on projects and causes.

The week that Beal moved to Bunn, Pippin said, she crushed both her ankles in an accident.

Doctors, Pippin said, told Beal she would never walk again.

“She told the Lord that if you let me walk, I will walk for you,” Pippin recalled.

“She was in constant pain, but she felt she was called to do these things.

“To be involved.”

United Way Executive Director Kathy Harrelson said it’s been people like Beal who have helped the organization help people because she is so connected to the need.

“Even when she recently became ill, she was trying to organize volunteer efforts for this year’s Day of Caring,” Harrelson said.

“She has been a resource to send people to when all other doors were closed,” Harrelson said. “When people call here in desperate need for food or services, Joann was one of the first people to step up and reach out. 

“All you had to do was call her. United Way will miss her and Franklin County has lost a true community servant.” 

Bunn Mayor Marsha Strawbridge echoed those sentiments. Strawbridge said Beal has been an incredible rescource in a community that, due to its size, doesn’t always have the resources of larger areas.

Beal filled plenty of cracks, Strawbridge said, like taking on the task of organizing the town’s Christmas parade.

“She really had the interest of the town at heart,” Strawbridge said. “A lot of times, we don’t have people we can pay to represent the town, per se, but she was involved in this community and connecting it with other areas of the county through the United Way and making resources available to our citizens in this area.

“She was really into helping,” Strawbridge said. “She didn’t sit on the sideline.

“She will be missed.”