KINGS MOUNTAIN - Joe Crawford Hedden, 92, resident of Kings Mountain, died June 8, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. He was born in Clay County to the late Jeff Hedden and Eula Crawford Hedden. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Frances "Frankie" Crouse Hedden.
Mr. Hedden was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Kings Mountain. He was a former Jaycee and active in Scouting. He was employed with Kings Mountain District Schools for 32 years, first serving as the Band Director for the District and later as the principal at West Elementary School.
He received his Bachelor's Degree from Western-Carolina University School of Music, and his Master's Degree in School Administration from George Peabody College for Teachers. He was an avid musician and was inducted into the North Carolina Bandmaster's Hall of Fame in 2010. Mr. Hedden was a Lieutenant, serving in the United States Navy
during World War II
. While in the Navy, he served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. During the Normandy invasion, his destroyer, the U.S.S. Meredith, was sunk in action off the coast of Normandy on June 8, 1944. Joe had a deep appreciation and interest in the outdoors and the natural world. He loved to hunt and fish with his family and cherished friends. He was also an ardent student of history, world events, and all academic pursuits. He was a kind and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will be greatly and sadly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his sons, Joe "Joey" Crawford Hedden, Jr. and wife Jane of Winston-Salem, and Jeff Hedden and wife Kathy of Greenville, Tenn.; sister, Sue Benson of Bristol, Va.; three grandchildren, Joey Leonard of Manhattan, N.Y., Adam Leonard of Greenville, and Dr. Allen Atchley and wife Rebecca of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; and four great-grandchildren, twins Emma and Olivia Atchley, Caroline Atchley, and Eli Crawford Atchley.
Visitation: The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
Officiated by: Pastor Josh Turner
Interment: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain
Funeral home: Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, is handling the arrangements.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 201 N. Piedmont Ave, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Guest register: www.harrisfunerals.com