Catherine Ann Joseph SHERRILLS FORD - Catherine Ann Joseph, 57, went home to Jesus on October 3, 2013 at the Sherrills Ford Hospice House following an extended illness. Although born in Greenville, MS she spent the majority of her childhood in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA, where she graduated from Peachtree High School in 1974. Catherine went on to graduate from the University of Georgia Cum Laude with a BA in Journalism. While at UGA, she was a member of the NCAA DIV I Gymnastics Team and the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Catherine was tapped with Mortar Board Honors and countless other achievements. She also interned for the late Senator Herman Talmadge and Senator Sam Nunn in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, Catherine was employed by Aerial Photography Svcs, Inc. As CEO, she lead the company through the 1982 World's Fair and the 1996 Summer Olympics. She served on the boards of the Post Card Distributors of North America and Keep North Carolina Clean and Beautiful. She was an active member of Rehobeth Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir. Those who knew Catherine, know she was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, never ashamed to share the Gospel. She spent her life loving her husband and two beautiful children, while unconditionally serving others. Catherine was an avid gardener, writer, photographer, and world traveler. Catherine loved her home, horses and the Lake Norman community. The Joseph family is forever grateful for the love and support from their friends in the area. Recently preceded in death by her father James F. Doane, Jr., Catherine is survived by her soul mate and devoted husband of 34 years, Joe W. Joseph, daughter Kaitlyn, son Benjamin, & granddaughter Taylor Grace. Also surviving is her loving mother Nancy L. Doane of Sarasota, FL, sisters Deborah Yost (Steve) of Treasure Island, Fla. and Julie Wichert (Tom) of Hartville,OH, brothers-in-law Michael Joseph (Denise) of Carlsbad, CA and Todd Joseph (Wendy) of Forsythe, GA. She had seven nieces and nephews: Janie Geis (Mark), Daniel Yost, Lauren Miller (Aaron), Sarah Yost, Jordan Joseph, Jessica Joseph, Tiger Joseph, and great nephew Jesse Geis. Family & Friends are invited to celebrate Catherine's life on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Pearl Springs Farm, 7841 Vista View Drive, Sherrills Ford, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Sherrills Ford Hospice House at 7473 Sherrills Ford Rd. Sherrills Ford, NC 28673.
Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 6, 2013