JoAnn Harris Bryan
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 18, 1934
  • Date of passing: Oct 21, 2015
Let the memory of JoAnn be with us forever

JoAnn Harris Bryan, 81, of Oxford, NC passed away Wednesday, October, 21, 2015.

JoAnn was the daughter the late of John Billie Harris and Cathilene Harris of Henderson. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, Joe, November 28, 1952. JoAnn devoted her life to Joe. They enjoyed spending long weekends at Kerr Lake as well as traveling around the United States in their RV with their cocker spaniel, their girls and close friends. She was an active member of Oxford United Methodist Church . She gave of herself in many ways, serving on the Altar Guild and various committees. JoAnn was very artistic and taught many art related classes through the community college. She was known for her beautiful handcrafted arts and crafts found at the church’s Christmas Bazaar. For years she made all of the wreaths and bows for the church and the city at Christmas. JoAnn was an avid reader and was involved in many book clubs and bridge clubs. Many women in Oxford will remember JoAnn as their Girl Scout Leader. She was a beautiful Southern Lady who mastered the art of dressing well.

She is survived by her husband Joseph Kinsley Bryan, Jr. of Oxford, and her daughters, Donna Spears (Reed) of Oxford, Ann Bryan Hancock of Oxford , Martha Compton(Penn) of Wilmington, NC and two grandchildren, Penn Compton, Jr. of Greensboro , NC and Kinsley Bryan Compton of Wilmington. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Dora Bryan Tate (Fred) of Elizabethtown, NC and special daughters, Bertha Wyche and Doris Peace, both of Oxford.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 23, 2015 and Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the home of Donna and Reed Spears, 144 Pine Drive, Oxford, NC

Memorial Services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Oxford United Methodist Church by Rev. David Haley. Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery following the service.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Oxford United Methodist Church, 105 West McClanahan Street, Oxford, NC 27565.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by marie price on 18th January 2016

"Happy Birthday Joann celebatingyour birthday in heaven"

This tribute was added by Bill Batts on 3rd November 2015

Who would have thought when I talked with you and Joann at Bojangles on Sunday that a week later we would read in the Ledger of her death.  I cannot imagine the anguish this accident brought you.  I hope that there were compassionate people to help you until your family could arrive to comfort you.  You have been in our thoughts and prayers since we got the news."

This tribute was added by William & Earline Newton on 1st November 2015

"Joe and family,
William and I are very saddened to hear of your loss!  Beautiful lady!  Please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts!"

This tribute was added by Jack and Tamsie Lynch on 1st November 2015

"Joe and Family:

We met some friends of yours at the BBQ at Duke game last night and they told us about JoAnn. So sad to here this and wanted you to know that we are praying for you and family. Many years have passed since our hotel experience and I always admired you and JoAnn for your values and contribution to the community. May God be with you and we are so sorry for your great loss."

This tribute was added by J Vaughn on 30th October 2015

"Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved JoAnn. My Jehovah, 'the God of all comfort" grant you comfort and peach during this most difficult time (2 Cor 1:3, 4) May your pain gradually be replaced with the fondest of memories."

This tribute was added by Russell Murray on 26th October 2015

"Joe,  I am sorry for your loss ! Mrs. Bryan was
a special person! So are you! My Thoughts & Prayers Are
With You & Your Family !"

This tribute was added by val cebulski on 24th October 2015

"Joanns Family
We at the Hair Co of naples want you to know how much we.all
     Are going to miss her,she was the sweetest  lady and we looked forward to seeing her in the winter.So sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Gayle Walker on 24th October 2015

"Dear Joe and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear about JoAnn's death.  She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her...Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family...Love, Bob and Gayle Walker"

This tribute was added by marie price on 24th October 2015

"Joe and  family  Henry and I are deeply  saddened  to hear the loss of a special lady she was a sweet  lady while  we served at Oxford her presence will be missed.0ur prayers go out to each and every one of you today and the days ahead thinking and praying for you."

This tribute was added by Ben Currin on 24th October 2015

"I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful "lady"!!  May she rest in peace.  Thoughts & prayers going out to the entire Bryan family."

This tribute was added by Canh Bryan on 23rd October 2015

"Dear Joe

There is so little I can say or do to ease your sorrow but to let you know that my thoughts are with you today and to offer my deepest sympathy in the loss of JoAnn.

May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you two have created together over the years.

With love,

Canh Bryan of Cupertino, California
Wife of the late HB of Oxford, NC"

This tribute was added by Wanda Hancock on 23rd October 2015

"My heart goes out to each of you for your loss and the grief you are having. There are no words to ease your pain, only prayers, faith in God, and memories of the joy she brought to each of you.  May God be with you."

This tribute was added by Kathy Griffin on 23rd October 2015

"Joe and family,
How sad we are to hear of JoAnne's passing.  You are surrounded by friends, family and God.  Lots of angels are with her in peace and may God bless you forever.  What a true Southern Belle and dear friend to Sandy and I.  We will cherish our close friendship forever.  Love you all!

Kathy and Sandy Griffin
Wrightsville Beach, NC"

This tribute was added by Jeannette Carey on 23rd October 2015

"Joe, Donna, Ann, and Martha, JoAnn was a very dear friend and such a wonderful lady.  I will miss her.  Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.  May the Lord comfort each of you today and in the days ahead."

This tribute was added by John Bradsher on 23rd October 2015

So sorry to hear about your Mother.  We know what you are going through and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Know she is in a better place and now you can go to sleep at night and not worry about her. Know you and your family are in our prayer and if there is anything we can do please let us know.


Johnny and Shirley"

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