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Joseph "Joe" Polking

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Joseph "Joe" Polking N. Charleston - Joseph Claude Polking (Joe) of Charleston, SC died peacefully on June 8 2018, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, surrounded by loving family. He was 79 years young, Joe is predeceased by his parents, Clement and Anne Polking of Breda, IA, and his brother, Bill, formerly of Carroll, IA. He is survived by his irascible wife and friend, Lynn; brothers Jim, John (Stevie), Paul (Joan), and sister in law, Peggy, widow of brother, Bill; and a multitude of wonderful, loving nieces, nephews and friends. That Joe is survived by several adoring feline companions is an understatement - he cared for and cherished them all, for which Lynn is forever grateful! Joe was an undergraduate of Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN and earned his JD from Catholic University in Washington, DC. His professional career was spent at the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, DC, where he rose over his 30 plus years of federal service from staff attorney to Secretary of the Commission. Joe was most often described as a "gentle soul", and he was. He loved the Washington Redskins, golf, and more recently, the Washington Nationals, in that order. He followed his teams faithfully, until the day before he died and will probably continue to do so wherever he is now. Joe was slow to anger, quick to forgive, lived in the present and loved large. He will be greatly missed. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to www.mcalister-smith.com. Arrangements entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mt Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Road Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, 843-884-3833. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston
Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 15, 2018
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