JoAnne Ferguson Shell

October 27, 1929February 7, 2013

JoAnne Ferguson Shell, 83, of New Bern died Thursday, February 7, 2013.

She was born October 27, 1929 in Donalsonville, Georgia.

JoAnne is survived by her husband, Roland G. “Sam” Shell; three daughters, Suzanne Shell of New Bern, Judy Buchanan and husband Buck of Huntsville, AL and Margaret “Peggy” Faulkenberry and husband Billy of New Bern; one sister, Vina Stroud of Spring, TX and grandchildren, Megan and Erin Buchanan, Caitlin and Ryan Faulkenberry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Earl Ferguson and Lena Bell Ferguson and brothers, Edward Ferguson and Douglas Ferguson.

She graduated from New Bern High School in 1946. She attended Anderson College in South Carolina and was a graduate with a Business degree from Women’s College of UNC in Greensboro, NC.

She married Sam Shell in 1950 and they made their home in Havelock, NC, later moving to New Bern.

She retired after 32 years as a civil service employee at Cherry Point.

She was an active member of Garber United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Garber United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Coastal Women’s Shelter, 1333 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC 28561.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 10, 2013

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Teresa Allen

February 10, 2013

Suzanne and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My thoughts will be with you all and I will be praying you through this difficult time.

Lynette Kelly

February 9, 2013

To the family of Mrs. Joanne Shell and Sam,
I remember the day that I joined the Council on Women and met Joanne. She was soo tall! She had a heart of gold. My mom was a dear friend of hers. Please know that your family is in our families prayers.
Lynette, Keith, Bryan and Jacob Kelly

Priscilla Sheppard-Edwards

February 9, 2013

Although we can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in our thoughts from afar. It is with honor and great pride that we make a contributions to the Coastal Women's Shelter. My Mother, Beatrice Sheppard has asked that I also include her in the entry and sends her love to all.

Barb Stoll

February 9, 2013

I was so sorry to learn of Joanne's passing. She was a fellow Red Hat Sister and a quiet, dignified lady. My thoughts and prayers go to Sam and the family.

Jan & Larry Poling

February 9, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam and the family. JoAnne was loved by all who knew her. May memories and your love surround you in the loss of a special lady.

Don and Anne Marr

February 9, 2013

Our hearts are with Sam and the Family at this difficult time. We will remember JoAnne so fondly with her quiet dignity and charming manner. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Rose Griffin

February 9, 2013

So sorry to hear of the death of such an elegant lady. Remember-- The day will come when the sorrow of mourning will be less than the joy of remembering. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sam and the rest of the family.