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HENDERSONVILLE - Joe G. Costner, 77, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Elizabeth House after a short illness. A native of Norfolk, Va., he retired to his hometown of Hendersonville seven years ago.
He was a son of the late Sidney and Carrie Costner, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Costner and a sister, Dixie Nix.
A Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam era, Joe retired as a 1st Class Petty Officer after serving 20 years in the Navy. He then successfully owned and operated a truck cover and accessory business with his son and brother in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area for 30 years. After retiring from this, he maintained his love for fishing which included 30 years of tournament fishing, and his passion for tending roses. After visiting his mother and attending his great niece's wedding, he rekindled a romance that had begun in high school. In 2006, he married Faye Carland and returned to Hendersonville where he lived out the remainder of his life. Joe attended First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife, Faye Costner; a son, Sidney Costner and his wife Jeanie, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Leigh-Ann Costner, of Nashville, Tenn.; three step-sons, Terry Carland and his wife Pam, of Etowah, Gary Carland, of Mills River, Randy Carland and his wife Cindy, of Etowah; two half-sisters, Debbie Costner Pasour and her husband Ray, and Melody Costner Davis and her husband Robert, all of Gastonia; four grandchildren, Kaitlan Costner, Michelle Costner, Patricia Jones, and Tyler Anders, all of Virginia Beach, Va.; four step-grandchildren, Amanda, Kandy, Miranda, and Logan Carland; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Malachi Jones, of Virginia Beach, Va., and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in the Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Wally Shamburger will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service in the chapel.
Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731. A guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Times-News from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2013