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Originally published: 2013-03-11 16:21:40
Last modified: 2013-03-11 16:21:40

Josephine Walker Magee

Josephine Walker Magee passed away on March 8, 2013 at her home in Charlotte, NC.

Josephine was born in Charlotte on May 21, 1922, to Dr. Landon and Josephine Walker. She graduated from Charlotte' Central High School and graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., with a degree in education.

While at Mary Washington on Feb. 6, 1943, she married Rogers Magee who went on to serve in the Marines during WWII within days of their wedding. After the war, she and Rogers lived in Bowling Green, Ky., where he taught at Western Kentucky University, and then moved to Homestead, Fla., in 1952, where they raised their family of four little boys and finally a beautiful daughter. Josephine taught school in south Dade County and was very active in the life of The First Presbyterian Church of Homestead.

In 1970, she and Rogers built a summer home in Blowing Rock, and in 1971 opened The Dulcimer Shop selling dulcimers and musical gifts. In 1976, Jo and Rogers moved to Aiken, S.C., Rogers childhood home, and spent half the year in Aiken and the rest in Blowing Rock. She and Rogers loved both places, especially the cool mountain summers in Blowing Rock and were very involved in both churches, the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock. Josephine was instrumental in bringing the Advent Walk and Salt Shakers to Rumple Church and the Blowing Rock community from their Aiken Church. Jo and Rogers moved to Charlotte in 2007 to be near sons Rogers and John. They joined and were active in the life of Avondale Presbyterian Church.

Josephine loved to play bridge and to entertain. She never met a stranger and extended hospitality to anyone who would accept. In their semi-retirement, she and Rogers travelled the world extensively for many years. Josephine loved her church and wanted all to know of God's love. We know she is rejoicing at Home.

Josephine's husband, Rogers, died in 2009. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Vestal of Iowa City, Iowa; her children, Rogers and Olivia Magee, Bill and Jewel Magee, David and Kathy Magee, John and Cheryl Judd-Magee, and Melody (Magee) and Bob Thomason. Josephine had 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grand children There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life at Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte at 2 p.m. on April 6, 2013.

In lieu of flowers you may make a contribution in Jo's memory to any of her former churches mentioned above.

Family can be contacted by email at or by mail to 137 Windy Gap Rd. Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

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