Joann Wood Sturkie

Joann Wood Sturkie

HARTSVILLE – Joann Wood Sturkie, 80, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Joann was born in Denmark to Kenneth and Pearl Wood on April 29, 1940. She married the love of her life, McKendall “Kenny” Sturkie, in 1958 and had four beautiful children. Joann loved her family and enjoyed traveling to anywhere with a beach or mountains. She is survived by her four children, Terry (Debora) Sturkie, Freddy (Debbie) Sturkie, both of Darlington, Melba Ann (Sarge) Register, and Crystal (Billy) Hatfield both of Hartsville; her 11 grandchildren, Teressa (Kelly) Wright, Ken (Andrea) Sturkie, Christopher (Amy) Sturkie, Candice (Brian) Nealey, Sandra “Sassy” (Kelvin) Wilds, Savannah Register (Marvin Commander), Harley (Brooke) Register, Haley Register (Gavin Larymore), Robert (Kristy) Register, Hartley Register and Haven Register; along with 19 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers Ronnie (Hilda) Wood and Randy Wood along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband McKendall “Kenny” Sturkie, her brothers Jerry Wood and O’Neil “Bubba” Wood and her sister Cynthia “Cindy” Register. A graveside service was held Saturday, April 10, at Florence Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home, and other times at the home of Crystal and Billy Hatfield, where Joann resided, 2584 Swift Creek Rd., Hartsville. Memorials may be made to Homestead Hospice, 1515 Heritage Lane, Florence, SC 29505. A guestbook is available online at

Author: Rachel Howell

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