Joan Comly Magee

Magee—Joan Comly Magee, 76, on August 19, 2020, in Hickory, N.C., shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Joan was born on February 6, 1944, in Wayne, Pa., the youngest of three children to Esther Shallcross Magee and Leigh J. Magee. She was a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends. Joan was formerly a member of Radnor (Pa.) Meeting. She served for many years as clerk of the Catawba Valley Worship Group under the care of Charlotte (N.C.) Meeting.

Joan was a graduate of George School in Newtown, Pa.; Katharine Gibbs School in New York City; and Caldwell Community College in Lenoir, N.C., where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa. Joan was a lifelong learner and voracious reader, and a student of the world. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. Joan was happily planning her next trip before illness intervened.

After many years, Joan retired as a vice president in the trust department at Wachovia Bank (formerly First Union) in Hickory and Charlotte. She previously worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. In her retirement years, Joan served as the volunteer coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center in Hickory.

Joan valued helping those in need in her local community. In addition to her volunteer work with the Women’s Resource Center, she was active in her worship group’s project to collect materials for the county shelter for victims of domestic violence, as well as sending Christmas cards to residents of area nursing homes.

Joan was predeceased by her parents; a brother, James Magee; and a sister, Leigh (Susie) Schuerholz. She is survived by her son, Greg Williams (Peggy); three grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Judy Magee; and several nieces and nephews.

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