Joanne Huffman Milliken

May 17, 1955 - December 7, 2017
Joanne Huffman Milliken

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Joanne Huffman Milliken age 62 of Riegelwood went to her heavenly home on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

Joanne was born in Wilmington, NC on May 17, 1955 to Benjamin Bryant Huffman and Wilma Hewett Huffman. She married William O. Milliken on February 1, 1974 in Dillon, SC.

Joanne was a member of Red Hill Pentecostal Church in Delco. She was a talented seamstress and was retired from Block Shirt Factory. Joanne was well known in her community and was known as the WWQQ Birthday Queen, because she would call Stanley B every day to give him the names for Birthday greeting. She was very thoughtful to her family and friends. She was always caring and giving, and was faithful to her church and her love for the Lord. She was a true prayer warrior.

Joanne is survived by her husband William of the home; daughters, Terri M. Pearce and Robert of Rocky Point, Sebrina M. Horrell of Wilmington, and Catherine M. Orlando and Eric of Jacksonville. Her father Benjamin Bryant Huffman and Dolores of Hampstead; brothers Bryant Huffman, Jr. of Winnabow, Gary Huffman and Faye of Bolivia; sisters Ruby H. Thomas and Bill of Winnabow, Joyce H. Ellis of Bolton, and Dorothy H. Fowler and Philip of Wilmington, Alice M. Carter of Southport. Grandchildren E.J. Orlando, Jacob Pearce, Skyler Horrell, Baylee Horrell, and Aiden Orlando. Uncle John Hewett and Kay; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special lifelong friend Linda Ellis. Joanne’s mother, Wilma Hewett Huffman preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 2 pm Monday, December 11, 2017 at Red Hill Pentecostal Church on Byrdville-Freeman Road in Delco officiated by Rev. Calvin Malpass and Rev. David Robbins. The family will see friends starting at 1 pm. Burial will be in the Ellis-Peterson Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Philip Fowler, Jr, Jamie Huffman, Aaron Ellis, David Hewett, Mackenzie Thigpen, Gary Huffman, Jr.; Honorary pallbearers will be J J Wilson, Alex Ellis,  Willie Milliken , James Hines, Brandon James, and Alan Ellis.

A special thank you to the Doctors and staff at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the love and care given to Joanne and her family.

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  • December 09, 2017
    Dorothy Fowler lit a candle:
    Lit since December 9, 2017 at 12:29:42 AM

  • December 09, 2017
    P Richardson says:
    Rest In Peace

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  • December 09, 2017
    Donna Poole says:
    I remember playing bingo with here. She was so sweet. I didn't have much experience so looked out for me, sweet lady♡

  • December 09, 2017
    Lynn Bridges says:
    The first time I met Joanne was at bingo with Terri. Joanne looked out for me to make sure I didn't miss any numbers on my cards. She was so thoughtful. I always admired her strength.I know she loved her family very much. She will be missed.