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Obituary for Joan Townsend McCourt

Joan Townsend McCourt, age 91, of Greenville, Mississippi, daughter of Hector and Josephine Townsend, died peacefully at her home in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, early morning on June 4th, 2022, with her son Everett by her side.

She married Henry Frederick McCourt, her high school sweetheart in 1949, and was with him until his death in 2021. They resided in Greenville, Mississippi, in the Delta, where Henry ran McMillan Supply Company. There they raised three children--Rick, Everett, and Alsha, who now live in Montana, New York, and Mississippi, respectively. Everett had been with her the past six months, overseeing her home care and meals.

Both she and her husband, Fred attended Greenville High School in Greenville, graduating in 1948. Joan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville and later joined The Kirk Presbyterian in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas located in the southern Ozark Mountains. They became permanent residents there in 1994 lured by its natural beauty and diversified offerings.

Joan had one brother, Hector Townsend, who passed away in 1995. Her Townsend family was extensive with many aunts, uncles, and nephews residing across the United States.
Throughout her life, she was an active member of her church, the Greenville Garden Club, and the Greenville Coterie Club, which enabled her to participate in activities that benefited those in need. She initiated and helped launch the Lighthouse Lodge, which provided free housing to the families of burn victims during treatment at General Hospital in Greenville. Later, she devoted much time to church affairs in her fellowship with The Kirk Presbyterian Church in Fairfield Bay.

Besides her passion for raising a family and participating in church activities, she loved dining, often traveling and camping with family and friends, which covered all fifty states over the course of her married life, including memorable trips to South America, Europe, and South Africa. Her sparkling personality reached everyone, bringing comfort and support to friends and strangers alike. Along with her faith, she loved people, nature, and pets. Everyone whom she touched will forever remember her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests charitable donations be made either to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville or the Kirk Presbyterian Church in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas.

Clinton Funeral Service is honored to be entrusted with these arrangements.

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