PINEHURST, N.C. — Joan Eggerss Wilkinson, passed away Dec. 29, 2016, at her residence in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Jo was born June 13, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, to Hans A. and Ruth Harte Eggerss, and was raised in Van Wert, Ohio.
a child Jo was an avid reader, a passion that continued throughout her
long life. Through her teen years Jo adored attending summer camp every
year in Northern Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor’s degree in
economics in 1944 from Connecticut College for Women in New London,
Connecticut (Connecticut College).
Jo met Howard Wilkinson on the
golf course of the Van Wert Country Club. She and Howdy were married in
1947 and were blessed with three children Christee, Holly and Brad.
1960, they moved with their children to Bloomington, Illinois, where
she and her husband joined the Alpha Cellulose Corporation. In 1968,
Alpha Cellulose Corporation moved its headquarters to Lumberton, North
Carolina, where Jo became president and CEO until her retirement in
1994. Following their retirement, Jo and Howdy moved to their home at
The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, where they spent their
remaining loving years together. Throughout their 55 years of marriage
they continued their passion for golf, travel, and spending time with
family and friends.
With an eye for design, Jo was interested in
gardening, art, and architecture. Two of her favorite projects were
working with architect Elizabeth Lee and landscape architect, Richard
(Dick) Bell in designing their homes in Lumberton and Pinehurst. Jo was a
member of the Garden Club of Van Wert, Ohio; Bloomington, Illinois; and
Lumberton, North Carolina. She volunteered and served on many boards
including The Weymouth Center and The Robeson County Library. Jo and
Howdy enjoyed traveling. They traveled to Asia and Europe during their
Alpha Cellulose years but the most memorable trip was to South Africa
and Zimbabwe to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with their
children and grandchildren. Fiercely loyal, Jo taught all who loved her
how to be an incredibly generous and caring person.
preceded in death by her husband, Howard Charles Wilkinson (2002), their
son, Bradford Charles Wilkinson (1974) and her sister, Nancy Ruth
Eggerss (1934). Jo is survived by her two daughters, Christine W.
Donovan and her husband, Pat Donovan, of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Holly
W. Floyd and her husband, Tyler Horney, of Seven Lakes, North Carolina.
She was adored by her eight grandchildren who knew her as Schatzee, Dru
Donovan, Cullen Donovan, McKeever Donovan, Hennessey Donovan, Turner
Floyd Scanlon, Drexel Floyd, Chelsea Blue, Cally Blue, and her two
great-grandchildren Vivian Scanlon and Tyler Sanders.
A celebratory remembrance and luncheon will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at 11:30 at The Country Club of North Carolina.
will be interred beside Howdy and Brad at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30,
2017, at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Arrangements for burial are being
handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to FirstHealth Hospice Foundation.
Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is assisting the family, online condolences may be left at: www.bolesfuneralhome.com.