HAMPSTEAD — JoAnn Hobbs Long passed away Thursday, January 20, 2022 after a beautiful, productive and happy life.
The eldest of five, she was born to Cora Marie Drom and Lloyd H. Hobbs, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her childhood home was filled with joy, love, and laughter.
JoAnn fell in love with her late husband, Robert Franklin Long, at age 16 when he moved next door to attend college. They married before his enlistment in the Army Air Corps in WWII and celebrated almost 60 years together. A dashing decorated war hero, they moved throughout his later career, and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Kinston, NC, and eventually settled and built the home she loved at Olde Point in Hampstead.
JoAnn embraced the manners, history, architecture and gardens of the south. She loved to study and collect antiques, travel, read, dance, play bridge, attend the Opera, and entertain. Traveling with her family all over the US and Canada, she especially enjoyed their trips to Italy. JoAnn and Bob were instrumental in starting supper, duplicate bridge and tennis clubs and organizing social events in neighborhoods wherever they lived.
After her children graduated college, JoAnn began a successful real estate career in Wilmington. She won numerous local, state, and national awards for her sales, and was Recognized as Realtor of the Year during the l990’s. She cherished the many friendships she made over the years. Still actively working in her 96th year, she listed one home and sold two.
JoAnn was a proud and active member of the Stamp Defiance Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was extremely pleased to recently learn she was eligible for membership in the Colonial Dames as well as the Mayflower Society.
Hampstead United Methodist Church was an important part of her life for over 45 years. She enjoyed their bibles studies and served on the altar guild, providing the sanctuary flowers regularly. An exceptionally talented floral designer, JoAnn was the founding member of the Hampstead Garden Club.
Predeceased by two siblings, Lloyd E. Hobbs and Phyllis Crow, Mrs. Long is survived by her three daughters, Priscilla and Lawrence Whitlock, Charlottesville, Va, and Wrightsville Beach, NC, Elizabeth and David Samuels, Raleigh, NC, and Emily and Woody Beddoes, Wilmington, NC; four grandsons, Benjamin and Elizabeth Whitlock, Matthew and Kellie Whitlock, and Austin and Kim Whitlock, Hamp Beddoes, and two granddaughters, Ashley and Will Taylor, and Capers Beddoes; seven great grandchildren Carter Long, Hobbs, Sutton Page, Avery, and Macy Whitlock; Libby Hunt and Wyatt Taylor, and two siblings, Barbara Pollock, Sunnyvale, CA and Suzanne Stanley, Wilmington, NC.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Hampstead United Methodist Church, 15395 US l7, Hampstead, N.C. A luncheon reception will follow the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hampstead United Methodist Church, Doctors without Borders, and the Food Bank of NC.