Josephine ‘Jo’ Beatty Chadwick, 96, active with NC Azalea Festival

Josephine ‘Jo’ Beatty Chadwick

WILMINGTON — Josephine “Jo” Beatty Chadwick, 96, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at The Kempton Assisted Living on the Brightmore campus.

Jo was born June 29, 1924, in Ivanhoe, the daughter of the late Mary Lois Corbett Beatty and Laurin Gibbs Beatty. She was preceded in death in 1978 by her husband of 30 years, George Harris Chadwick Jr.

She is survived by her three children, George Harris Chadwick III, and his wife, Beth, Elizabeth “Beth” Beatty Chadwick Cherry, and her husband, Bob, all of Wilmington, and Mary Gibbs Chadwick Ives, and her husband, Bryan, of Cornelius. Mommy Jo, as she was affectionately called, is also survived by her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, William Robert Cherry III, and his wife, Stuart, with son, Will, daughter, Charlotte, and son, Davis, of Wilmington, Georgia Cherry Walters, and her husband, Tom, of Chicago, Illinois, Elizabeth Cherry Stern, and her husband, Ian, with daughter, Bes, of Raleigh, Laurin Chadwick Allen, and her husband, Patrick, with son, Grady, of Wilmington, H. Bryan Ives IV, and his wife, Caroline, of West Hartford, Connecticut, Genny Ives Hayes, and her husband, Matt, with son, Henry, of Marietta, Georgia, and George Harris Chadwick IV, and his wife, Meg, of Wilmington.

Jo was a member of the 1941 Atkinson High School graduating class. She graduated from Peace Junior College in Raleigh (now William Peace University) in 1943 and completed her college education at State College of Virginia in Farmville, Virginia, (now Longwood University) in 1945.

Following college, she taught school in Elizabethtown and Wilmington. She was a longtime member of St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church and served in many capacities. She also served her community through involvement in the Stamp Defiance Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Cape Fear Garden Club, Hospice, William Peace University, the North Carolina Azalea Festival and was a founding member of the Wilmington branch of American Association of University Women.

The family is deeply grateful for the love and compassionate care shown Jo and her family during the last five years, and especially the last four weeks, by the administration and staff of The Kempton.

A private memorial service to celebrate Jo’s life will be held at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 27, at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church. The family invites you to join them virtually for the service via youtube.com. Interment will be held at the Beatty Family Cemetery, Ivanhoe.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to William Peace University, Chadwick Memorial Scholarship Fund, 15 East Peace St., Raleigh, NC 27604.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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