Joan Hopewell was born in England in 1919, and came to the USA in 1950. She was married to John C. Hopewell and lived in Virginia with her husband.

She was joint master of the Old Dominion Foxhounds. She owned and trained race horses, including the successful horse, Running Comment, who won the Turfwriters Cup, in Saratoga.

Coming to Southern Pines in the 1980s, she ran the Moore County Point to Point with Bubby Compton and was part of the  equestrian life of the horse community. She was a close friend of Ginny Moss, founder of the Walthour-Moss Foundation.

She leaves behind two daughters, Diana Clarke, who lives in England, and Tanya Smith, a teacher in Southern Pines. She is grandmother to Kaylor, Derick, Rosy and Noel.

She will be sadly missed by her many friends in Southern .Pines.

Interment will be in the Hill Top Cemetery at 4 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014.

Memorial may be made to the Walthour-Moss Foundation, P.O. Box 1744, Southern Pines, NC 28388.

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory, of Southern Pines, is assisting the family.

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  1. I will miss knowing Joanie isn’t here for a cheery hallooo, or a wry comment about the goings on in town! She could be counted on to introduce a colorful new expression, or a wise observation. Yes, Joan has had some wonderful horses but Tanya and Diana ar

  2. What a great woman and horse racing fan. I loved being invited for dinners at the house, always good food, wine and lots of laughs. So sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely, Mona Gardella

  3. You really were a trouper and I always enjoyed your style. Mrs Moss always said you cooked the best collard greens and that is something. I wish your soul well, and pray for the peace your family needs at this time.

  4. Joanie took me and many others under her wing and showed us around the Foundation, had us in for dinner and many laughs, and shared her love of books and horses with us. We will miss her greatly but we know she lived a very full life!

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