Joanne Rhue Harrison is the mother of Rick Harrison. Joanne Rhue Harrison’s son, Rick is an American businessman, reality television personality, and owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop which is featured on the History series Pawn Stars. Harrison and his father, Richard Benjamin Harrison, opened the shop in 1989, which they co-owned until his father’s death in 2018.
Joanne Rhue Harrison: Bio Summary
|Joanne Rhue Harrison
|Mother of Rick Harrison
|2nd September 1940
|82 years old (As of 2022)
|Place of birth
|Kernersville, North Carolina (USA)
|Rick Harrison, Chris Harrison
|Richard Benjamin Harrison
Joanne Rhue Harrison was born to her parents on 2nd September 1940 in Kernersville, North Carolina, the United States of America. As of 2022, she is 82 years old. Her Zodiac sign is Virgo. Rick Harrison’s mother Joanne Rhue Harrison originally hails from Kernersville, North Carolina, and her father, Joseph Rhue, was a county judge. Joseph Rue went on to become one of the lead attorneys for Philip Morris in North Carolina.
Apart from being famous as the mother of Rick Harrison, Joanne Rhue is also famous as the wife of the late Richard Benjamin Harrison.
Joanne Rhue’s husband Richard Benjamin Harrison, also known by the nicknames “The Old Man” and “The Appraiser”, was an American businessman and reality television personality, best known as the co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, as featured on the History Channel series Pawn Stars.
How did Joanne Rhue Harrison and her husband meet?
How did the two love birds meet and started their friendship which lead to their lifelong marriage? According to sources, Richard and his wife Joanne Rhue met as teenagers at a barn dance. And as ODSSF reported that the two love birds got married just after high school, in 1960.
Just before the two married, Richard got into legal trouble and ended up joining the military. According to Carolina Coasts Online, JoAnne and Richard would often vacation with her family in Swansboro.
Prior to their TV show, Pawn Stars, the Harrisons actually made careers for themselves in real estate. While Richard was still in the Navy, Joanne Rhue attained a real estate license in 1970. She then opened her own real estate office in 1973, according to ODSSF.
After her husband was discharged from the Navy, he ended up working part-time in Joanne Rhue’s office. Unfortunately, declining sales, as the result of high-interest rates, led to immense debt and the collapse of the business in 1981.
According to ODSSF, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop was opened in 1989 by Richard and his son Rick. Later on, Joanne Rhue Harrison became a co-owner and she has been in the business for a couple of decades now, just like her husband.
Richard and Joanne Rhue Harrison came a long way together, building a successful family business empire. According to The History Channel, Joanne’s husband, Richard left behind an impressive net worth of $5 million, after his death.
What was the Cause of Richard Benjamin Harrison?
Unfortunately, Joanne Rhue’s husband “The Old Man” died at age 77, on June 25, 2018, according to TMZ. The sad news was announced by his son, star of Pawn Stars, Rick Harrison, who said that “‘The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved. He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn, and his many fans the world over … He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.”
The cause of “The Old man” Harrison’s death appears to be Parkinson’s disease, as his son, Rick Harrison wrote on Instagram, “Today I lost a friend, a father, a teacher and so much more. The Old Man lost his long battle with Parkinson’s this morning. Love you Dad. See you on the other side.”
Joanne Rhue Harrison and Richard Benjamin Harrison’s children
As many might know, Rick is not the only child of his parents. Joanne and Richard had four children together, three sons and one daughter. Sherry Harrison, Joe Harrison, Richard Kevin Harrison, and Christopher Harrison are their four children. Bachelor host Chris Harrison is listed as one of their children on Google, but this appears to be incorrect. Christopher, Joanne Rhue and Richard’s actual son, is said to live in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with many of his family members.
Aside from her children, Joanne Rhue Harrison also has several grandkids, one of whom appears on Pawn Stars as a cast member. Jennifer Lambert Harrison, Tabitha Cottingham, Corey Harrison, Adam Harrison, and Jake Harrison.
Sherry Harrison’s cause of death
Richard and Joanne Rhue Harrison’s only daughter Sherry Harrison was born with Down syndrome, so Richard had re-enlisted into the Navy, in order to get benefits for Sherry’s medical expenses and care. Unfortunately, Sherry died when she was just 6 years old. She was born on December 10, 1960, as JoAnne became pregnant soon after tying the knot with Harrison.
According to Find A Grave obituary, Joanne Rhue Harrison’s daughter Sherry died on May 12, 1967. She is buried at Forest Hill Memorial Park, in Lexington, Davidson County, North Carolina.
Joanne Rhue’s three sons are all alive today, but Rick Harrison, aka Richard Harrison Jr., is the only one of the sons that is a cast member on Pawn Stars. JoAnne Rhue Harrison Is the Head Director of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop