JoAnn Gregory Ireland

Published 11:49 am Sunday, September 4, 2022

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Mrs. JoAnn Gregory Ireland of Advance passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

She was born in Davie County on Jan. 9, 1932, to the late Clayton and Leona Mitchell Gregory. JoAnn was a member of Macedonia Moravian Church in Advance. She was retired from Hanes Hosiery.

JoAnn loved traveling with her husband, E.W. “Jack” Ireland until his death on May 18, 2005. They enjoyed the coast, fishing, and traveling in their Airstream. Both loved spending their winters in Florida. JoAnn was an avid and accomplished seamstress. She loved knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery and many other crafts. She loved to share her crafts with others and teach others.

She was also preceeded in death by: a sister; 3 brothers; and beloved poodles – Mitzi, Swampy, and Little Bit.

She is survived by: her son, Jacky Ireland (Donna) of Advance; her daughter, Sharon Ireland Keesee (Curt) of Hurt, Va; grandchildren Amanda Ireland-Desmond of Knightdale, and John Ireland (Susan) of Advance; 3 great-grandchildren, Landon, Riley and Eli Ireland; her sister, Geraldine Edwards of Clemmons; 2 brothers, Melvin Gregory (Wilma) of Advance and Johnny Gregory of Rural Hall; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Vernon and Carolyn Moore and Mickey Graham.

A graveside service will be held at Macedonia Moravian Church in Advance on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Zach Dease officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to: Macedonia Moravian Church; or Liberty Hospice, 5 E. Main St., Thomasville, NC 27360.