Mary Ann Jones Hardesty Knight, 80, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2017 overcome by the ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was the daughter of Everett Jones and Fannie Temple Jones Duncan. Mary Ann grew up in Newland Township in Pasquotank County, NC. She graduated as Valedictorian from Central High School in Elizabeth City, NC where she excelled in basketball. She retired from the Chesapeake, VA school system after spending many years as Administrative Assistant to the Principal at Great Bridge High School.
She is survived by her children, Sheryl Hardesty Holbrook (CD) of Smithfield, NC, Donna Hardesty Barefoot (Lee) of Lewisville, NC, and Randal Hardesty (Felicia) of Smyrna, GA and New Orleans, LA; brother-in-law William (Bill) Sharber of Houston TX; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Byrum (Rita) of Camden, NC, Casey Mason (Dawn) of Smithfield, NC, Kim Annis (Mark) and Michelle Coughlin (Brad Johnson) of Clayton, NC, Zachary Barefoot (Nicole Stone) and Shannon Barefoot of Lewisville, NC, and Lane Rapier of New Orleans, LA; and six great-grandchildren, Aaryn Shawley and Caden Byrum of Camden, NC, Peyton Mason of Smithfield, NC, and Parker Annis, Chandler and Chase Coughlin of Clayton, NC. Besides her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her sister, Carolyn Jones Sharber.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Twiford Memorial Chapel officiated by the Rev. Kevin Reiver. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association North Carolina, 1305 Navaho Drive, Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27609. Twiford Funeral Home, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Knight family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.TwifordFH.com.
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