Joan Carol Heckler Brown

Knotts Island, NC


Joan Carol Heckler Brown, a devoted mother, grandmother, and long-time resident of Knotts Island, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2024, at the age of 75. Born on May 6, 1948, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Joan was the beloved daughter of Richard Omer Heckler and Joan McGrath Heckler.

Throughout her life, Joan made a significant impact as an Administrative Assistant for the City of Virginia Beach Health Department, dedicating thirty-five years to serving her community. 

Joan found solace and joy in various hobbies and interests, including reading, tending to her flower gardens, and indulging her love of shopping. She adored spending time at the beach, especially her second home on Carova Beach, enjoyed scuba diving and embarking on numerous adventures with her husband and family. Joan cherished most the precious moments spent engaging in “normal Grandma stuff” with her loved ones.

Joan attended Knotts Island Methodist Church, where she found spiritual guidance and a strong sense of community. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Mike Brown, and her dear brother, Billy Heckler. Joan leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her surviving family members, including her daughters, Kristin Stuckey of Knotts Island, NC, and Angela Magee of Knotts Island, NC; her brothers, Richard Heckler (Alyce) of Island Heights, NJ, and Jack Heckler (Pam) of Virginia Beach, VA; her adoring grandchildren, Caitlin, Chance, Gracie Mae, and Thomas; a great-grandchild, Sawyer; and sister-in-law, Tanya Skinner.

A graveside service will be at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Knotts Island Cemetery with Pastor Diana Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the cemetery.

Twiford Funeral Homes, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 is assisting the Brown Family. Condolences and memories may be shared at