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6/3/2019 5:47:00 PM
Joann (Granny Jo) Stephens
January 23, 1943 - June 1, 2019

HICKORY, N.C. - Joann "Granny Jo" Stephens, 76, of Hickory died Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Carolina Caring.

Born Saturday, January 23, 1943 she was the daughter of Z.T Eula Lingerfelt. She was a lifelong member of Winklers Grove Baptist Church.

Her spouse of 59 years, Grady O'Niel; two brothers, Jerry Lingerfelt and wife Betty, Harold Lingerfelt; three sisters, Lois Johnson, Margaret Bumgarner and Sue Wilson and husband Jack; four brothers, Barney Stephens and wife Kathy, Barry Stephens and wife Linda, Benny Stephens and wife Piper and Steven Buckner and wife Sarah; a sister, Beatrice Lemons and husband Ricky; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews survive her.

In addition to her parents, a brother, James Lingerfelt; and a sister Faye Zimmerman preceded her in death.

A celebration of her life will be 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Winklers Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Faulkenbury and Rev. Paul Deal officiating. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Winklers Grove Senior Emergency Fund. 3320 9th Ave Dr NW, Hickory, NC 28601.

Please sign the online guestbook at

Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Stephens family.

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