Johnsie Flinchum Harkins, 82, of Cary passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Cary.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fry & Prickett Funeral Home in Carthage. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m.
Johnsie was born Sept. 3, 1937, in Moore County, to the late Brady J. and Myrtle Moore Flinchum. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronald Scott; two brothers Charles Eugene Flinchum and Johnnie J. Flinchum; and her sister, Louvene Mathews.
Johnsie was a member of White Plains United Methodist Church while living in Cary, but in her teenage years she was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church where she accepted Christ in her life and taught a young children’s Sunday School class.
She graduated from Carthage High School and worked in Greensboro for several years. During that time, she would come home on the weekends to attend her home church until she married and moved to Cary.
Johnsie was a humble, loving, caring, devoted mother to her two precious children, Suzanne and Andrew, and later to her four grandchildren Kayla, Kirsten, Larson and Skyler. She LOVED spending time with her “grandbabies.” Larson was her “Prince,” and the girls were her “Princesses.” She enjoyed the sleepovers they had at her home, taking them to eat ice cream and feed the ducks at a nearby pond, watching movies, and fixing their favorite foods.
She retired from the Rex Hospital Cancer Center in Raleigh after 19 years of being a medical transcriptionist. Her fingers typed at lightning speed, which was always a fascination among her children! After retirement, she enjoyed a quiet, peaceful life with family and friends.
Johnsie’s smile could light up a room, and her laugh was contagious. (Jokes were always funnier just by the way she told them!) She loved country music and beach music and was always graceful on the dance-floor as she “two-stepped” or “shagged.” Johnsie was an avid N.C. State basketball fan, a wonderful Southern cook, and a beautiful writer of stories and poems. She always enjoyed caring for her flowers, and she transformed her yard into a magical wonderland every spring. She dedicated her life to helping friends and family, and she was always the first to arrive whenever anyone was in need.
She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Harkins Casey and husband, Bob, of Fuquay-Varina; son, Andrew Leon Harkins and wife, Linnea, of Greeley, Colo.; four precious grandchildren, Larson and Skyler Casey and Kayla and Kirsten Harkins; sister, Phyllis F. Phillips, of Bear Creek; brothers, Phil Flinchum, of Cary and Dr. Mitchell Flinchum, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and many special nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to: St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 https://transitionslifecare.org.
An online register is available at PinesFunerals.com.