Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Jo Anna Starr Hatley

Jo Anna Starr Hatley, 78, of Albemarle passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Stanly Manor. Her funeral service will be 2 PM Monday, June 8, 2020 at Bethany United Methodist Church with Pastor Nina Miller officiating. She will lie in state at the church from 1 PM until 2 PM prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will greet visitors following the committal service in the cemetery.

Born August 9, 1941 in Guildford County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Starr and Pearl Jones Starr. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and was a retired Secretary having worked at both West Albemarle Elementary and Central Elementary Schools in Albemarle.

She was married to Gurney Ernest “Junior” Hatley of the home. Other survivors include 3 sons Brad Hatley and wife Kristi of Misenheimer, Eric L. Hatley and wife Kristy Jo of Harrisburg and R. Kyle Hatley and fiancé Tonya Tarlton of Charlotte, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


  • Sharon Thompson Posted June 5, 2020 9:47 pm

    Mr. Hatley, I am so sorry to hear of your sweet wife’s passing. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around you and your family and get you through the difficult days ahead. God bless you all. Vernon and Sharon Thompson

  • Pamela Hatley Posted June 6, 2020 10:04 am

    David and I are so sorry to learn of Jo’s passing. She was a beautiful lady both inside and out and will be missed by all. Our prayers are with you, Junior, Brad, Kyle, and Eric during this most sorrowful time. We send our love.

  • Jerry Carpenter Posted June 6, 2020 7:04 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Mrs. Hatley’s passing. Mr. Hatley, and family are in our special prayers as they morn the loss of mother and wife. Mr. Hatley endeared himself to many, many students South Stanly High School students through the years. Brad, very sorry to hear about your mother.

  • Cathy Thurston Posted June 8, 2020 1:01 pm

    Mr. Hatley (Jr.) and Boys, . .So sorry for your loss. What a sweet, sweet lady your wife (and mother) was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Tim, Cathy, Wes and Max Thurston

  • Sylvia Smith Russell Posted June 8, 2020 5:32 pm

    Mr. Hatley, I was so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. May God wrap you in his loving arms and give you peace during these difficult times. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. You always were my favorite teacher in high school. You made history interesting and enjoyable.

  • Kathy Hughes Posted June 8, 2020 7:19 pm

    Mr. Hatley and family. I am so sorry to hear about Jo’s passing. I will be praying for you and your family. You have always been my faorite teacher, and I thought alot of Jo, her mama and siblings.
    Praying for you,
    Kathy Hughes

  • Norman Coyle Posted June 10, 2020 4:12 pm

    Did not.know Jo very.long but she was a sweet lady. Her “family” at Stanly Manor will.miss her.

  • Marsha D Watson-Moore Posted June 19, 2020 1:53 am

    I was so sorry to hear about Jo. She always had a smile and a kind word. She will be missed by many. My prayers for comfort and peace are with her family.

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