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Joyce Jorgensen Hewett, 76, educator with Southport Elementary for 30 years

SOUTHPORT — Joyce Jorgensen Hewett, 76, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Mrs. Hewett was born March 28, 1944, in Southport, the daughter of the late William Porter Jorgensen and Elsie Willing Jorgensen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dempsey Hewett.

Mrs. Hewett was born and raised in Southport and graduated from Meredith College. She was a teacher for 30 years, having taught 4th grade at Southport Elementary her entire career. Mrs. Hewett was the type of teacher that worked hard to ensure that every child had a chance to succeed. She donated much of her own time and pay back into teaching by providing books and supplies for her students. Mrs. Hewett enjoyed lifelong friendships with many former students and teaching colleagues.

Before and after retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband Dempsey and her family as much as possible. She enjoyed collecting American Girl dolls, Vermont and Steiff teddy bears, as well as reading various novels and watching pro bull riding on T.V. Mrs. Hewett was an advocate for animal rights and adoptions. Mrs. Hewett was a self-study in her Christian belief. She spent many hours reading and studying her Bible and many other Christian works. She will be remembered for her kindness and caring for others. She will be truly missed.

Survivors include her two sons, William “Will” Hewett and Richard Hewett; two grandchildren, Jennifer Hewett and Andrew Hewett; and several other extended close family members and close friends.

The family will hold visitation from noon to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church. A funeral service will follow at the church at 2 p.m. with burial following the service in Northwood Cemetery. The service will be recorded and made available on the funeral home’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the ASPCA; Brunswick County Animal Services, 429 Green Swamp Road NW, Supply, NC 28462; SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422; or Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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