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Emma Jo (Warlick) Hood

December 1, 1934February 10, 2020
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VALE- Emma Jo Warlick Hood, 85, of Vale passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at Carolina Caring of Catawba County. She was born in Lincoln County on December 1, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Charles Millard and Inez Nettles Warlick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters LaDell Rhoney, Sallie Glenn, Madge Heavner, Martha George, and Faye Lockman; brothers Ralph Warlick and Zakie Warlick. She was owner operator of Jo’s Beauty Shop, and retired from Fred T. Foard after 25 years of service. Jo was a member of Christ Church- Mt. View. She is survived by her husband Dean Hood of the home; daughters Donna Deitz and husband Steve of Newton and Jennifer Joyner and husband Lee of Andalusia, AL; a son Durayne Hood and wife Chyrl of Vale; grandchildren, Mandy Weaver and husband Daniel of Hickory, Jessica Coleman and husband Richard of Mooresville, Sharon Patrick and husband Michael of Troy, AL, Ben Deitz and wife Heather of Newton, Brian Joyner and wife Dena of Vale; great grandchildren Emmery Weaver, Faith Wright, Loralei Coleman, Felicity Deitz, Rebecca Patrick, RC Coleman, Holden Deitz, Caleb Joyner, Asher Joyner and Abraham Coleman; and sister Catherine Waters of Vale. A special thank you to the caregivers; Ruth Willis, Linda Holtsclaw and Nancy Sailors. The family will receive friends Friday, February 14, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:45pm at Christ Church-Mt. View. Memorial service will follow at 3:00pm at Christ Church-Mt. View with Pastor Charles Kyker officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Church Mt. View Campus, 2416 Zion Church Road, Hickory, NC 28602 or Carolina Caring 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.


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Emma Jo (Warlick) Hood

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nelson howard

February 13, 2020

Mrs. Hood was always one of the nicest people we knew when I worked at FTF. Her Christian character was always evident no matter the circumstances. She had a great influence on our staff with her kindness and charity. I am sure she is rejoicing in Heaven.

Nelson and Mary Anne Howard

Linda Herold

February 12, 2020

I saw Jo and Dean at Lake Junaluska every time I was there for a conference. Then when I moved to Plateau/Wesley Chapel UMC/s I saw them at other meetings and through their granddaughter Mandy I became more familiar with them. Jo was such a dear Christian and church worker and will be missed dearly.

Tammy Wooten

February 12, 2020

What a blessing Jo and Dean have been to the Christ Church community. My prayers are with the family. May the family know what a great impact and inspiration Jo made to our Church Her love of Christ shined and she taught so many what a prayer warrior looks like. She will be greatly missed.

Lynn Poovey

February 12, 2020

I had the pleasure of getting to know Jo Hood after her brain aneurysm. I was blessed to be the person to treat her for her PT at home. She was one of the kindest people I had ever met. Her faith in god was such an inspiration to me! We built a friendship and every time I would see her she would give me a big hug! I know her family will miss her but I know she is in heaven, pain free and smiling down on each of you!

Penny & Shirley Weaver

February 11, 2020

Momma Jo was a beautiful lady. She will truly be missed by a lot of people. We were blessed to know her and to be able to call her family. Momma Jo, thank you for your kindness, love and friendship. We love you forever. Peace and love to you all during this time of grief.



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Emma Jo Hood who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Jo was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Jo knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

Jo was born on December 1, 1934 at home, in Vale, North Carolina. Her parents were Charles "Dude" and Inez Warlick. Jo was raised in Vale, North Carolina. Even as a youngster, Jo learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Jo was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Jo was raised with eight siblings. She had four older sisters, LaDell, Sallie, Catherine, and Madge , two younger sisters Martha and Faye and two younger brothers, Ralph "Buddy' and Zakie Warlick. Jo had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Jo, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

Jo's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Jo enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In her spare time she liked playing with her siblings, and cousins, usually outdoors, playing in the dirt, or swinging on porch swing.

In school, Jo was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Jo was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Jo’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Union School, in Lincoln County in 1953. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. She worked at the movie theatre in Lincolnton during high school years, to help support her family.

Jo was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Jo was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Jo came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Peggy Leatherman and Peggy Carswell. Later in life, she became friends with Jean Rhoney, Betty Rhoney, Mary Matthews, Yvonne Setzer, Winnie Carpenter, Sue Huffman, Janet Ogle, and Ruth Willis.

An objective and conscientious individual, Jo reveled in the security of her family. On April 11, 1954 Jo exchanged wedding vows with Howard Dean Hood at the Gaffney, South Carolina by the Justice of the Peace of Gaffney, South Carolina. One of Jo’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

Jo was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Jo would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Jo was blessed with three children, one son Durayne, and two daughters Donna and Jennifer. They were also blessed with five grandchildren, Mandy, Benjamin, Brian, Jessica, and Sharon.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jo was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. Jo was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Jo upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was clerical aide at Fred T. Foard High School, also owner/operator/beautician at Jo's Beauty Shop. She was employed for 25 years at Fred T. Foard High School. Jo was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Jo approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were cake decorating, crocheting, and reading. Jo was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Jo to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. Recreational sports included badminton, swimming, and softball with the kids. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

Being generous with her time and energy, Jo liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Jo was an active member of the United Methodist Women, Senior Citizens, and Catawba County Retired Employees.

A civic-minded person, Jo was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. She was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Jo was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Cooksville VFD Ladies Auxiliary. Politically, Jo was Republican. During these years, Jo applied her analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

Faith was important to Jo. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member Ebenezer United Methodist Church for 52 years and then Christ Church-Mt. View for 15 years. During that time, she was active in the Emmaus movement, attending Western United Methodist Church conference, missions, working on building teams, gathering of the Laity at Lake Junaluska.

As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Jo could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to her by those she helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Jo; rather, when she saw that there was a need to get something done, she was more than willing to give her time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of her most prestigious awards included Lay Person of the Year at Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Jo used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Jo had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Oak Island, North Carolina and Western United States.

Jo was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Jo’s favorites was Mr. Magoo, a St. Bernard. They were best friends for 12 years.

When Jo’s retirement finally arrived in 1997, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, she found new pleasure in spending time with grandchildren and great grandchildren, serving as counsel at a camp for children with special needs at Camp Linn Haven. In many ways, Jo loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

Jo passed away on February 10, 2020 at Carolina Caring Hospice in Newton, North Carolina. She suffered from cerebra vascular disease, succumbing to effects of a stroke. She is survived by her husband Dean Hood, daughters Donna Deitz and husband Steve, and Jennifer Joyner and husband Lee; son Durayne Hood and wife Chyrl; grandchildren, Mandy Weaver and husband Daniel, Jessica Coleman and husband Richard, Sharon Patrick and husband Michael, Ben Deitz and wife Heather, Brian Joyner and wife Dena; great grandchildren Emmery Weaver, Faith Wright, Loralei Coleman, Felicity Deitz, Rebecca Patrick, RC Coleman, Holden Deitz, Caleb Joyner, Asher Joyner and Abraham Coleman; and sister Catherine Waters. Services were held at Christ Church-Mt. View. Jo was laid to rest in Columbarium at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Vale, North Carolina.

All who knew her would agree that Jo was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Emma Jo Hood did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.