Joann Hartley Clark, 56, of Morganton, NC died Monday, October 17, 2011 following an extended illness. Born in Mitchell County, NC on April 18, 1955, she was the daughter of the late George Hise and Laura Grindstaff Hise. Joann was a past employee of the Morganton Army Navy Store.She suffered many years with disabilities but she kept a cheerful personality and was loved by all.Joann is survived by her son, Mark Clark of California; grandchildren, Jessica Long and husband, Dustin and Damion Patton, both of Morganton; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Aiden Long; and brothers, Frank Hise of Morganton and Jack Hise of Alaska.In addition to her parents, Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy R. Clark; sisters, Dot, Carolyn, and Evelyn; and a brother, George.Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. The family will speak to friends at the graveside following the service. Friends can come by and see Joann from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.
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