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WEBB JOEL RAY WEBB Joel Ray Webb, 67, of Laurel, MD and formerly of Washington, DC and Albertville, AL died March 25, 2013, due to complications from heart and kidney failure. Mr. Webb attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and sailed with Delta and Lykes Steamship Lines out of New Orleans in the mid-sixties before joining the U.S. Army in 1967. He was a decorated Vietnam War veteran who served with the 4th Infantry Division in the central highlands at Pleiku, RVN. Following his military service, Mr. Webb graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and later pursued graduate studies at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. After several years with the NC State Government and a period of time as a County Director of Social Services in North Carolina, he accepted employment with the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. in 1978. He was for many years a Supervisor, Section Chief, and Computer Systems Administrator with the D.C. Department of Human Services, and took early retirement from Federal Service in 1996. Following this first retirement he became an independent software developer, technical writer, and database contractor, including work for Hughes Information Systems, Raytheon, and the U.S. Navy UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) program. His later years were spent as a collector and dealer in rare books, prolific visual artist, and author of both fiction and non-fiction books including several works on the theory of numbers and on elements of Pythagorean philosophy. He was also the author and programmer of the educational software program Vocabulary Navigator, popular in the early 2000's. He is preceded in death by his son Michael (2011) and is survived by his brother Gary (Sally)Webb of Huntsville, AL; his sister Pam (Terry) Nelson of Boaz, AL; daughter Amanda (Douglas) Hund of Richmond, CA; his son Matthew ( Sarah Suzanne Henrich) of Milton, MA; his nieces Amy and S. Cindy Webb of Huntsville, AL; Kristin (Joseph) Tarvin of Boaz, AL and Lauren (Justin) Sims of Albertville, AL; his grandson Franklin Hund of Richmond, CA; and Gayle Smith, of Laurel, MD his companion of more than 18 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 2 p.m. with a memorial visitation beginning at 1:30 p.m. at DONALDSON FUNERAL HOME, P.A. 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707.
Donaldson Funeral Home, P. A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707
Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 28, 2013