Joseph K. Haupt Sr., 82, went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010 at Hospice Savannah.
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He was born in Savannah on Jan. 6, 1928, to the late Gary and Effie Tyson Haupt. He lived in Port Wentworth all of his life until the past few years before moving to Effingham in 2005.
He was in the United States Navy from 1945-47. He served in World War II on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock. When returning home he was General Manager for Coastal Butane Gas (Haupt Brothers Gas Co.) in Garden City until sold in the early 1980s. He was dedicated in serving his Lord, Jesus Christ and was a member of Port Wentworth Baptist Church most of his life and served as a Sunday school teacher and in several other areas. He went to Haiti on mission trips with his beloved wife. He attended North Salem Baptist Church, and was a member of "Able" Sunday school class that he dearly loved. He was a member of the Port Wentworth Lions Club almost 50 years, and served in several offices as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and was an Honorary member. He was an avid fisherman, and was on a bowling team for many years.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Elease McCormick Haupt, his five brothers, Bill, Howard Sr., R.C. (Bubba) Sr., B.A. (Tut), and Alvin of Savannah.
He is survived by three sons, Ken (Glenda) Haupt of Springfield, Larry (Vanessa) Haupt of Rincon, Michael (Peggy) Haupt of Port Wentworth; one daughter, Diane (Harold) Arrington of Guyton. three grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, one great-grandson, and 12 step-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation of family and friends will be Friday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Thomas C. Strickland Funeral Home in Effingham.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. at North Salem Baptist Church, Highway 30, Port Wentworth with Rev. Philip Hudson officiating. Mr. Haupt will lie in state from 10 a.m.
Interment will be at Hillcrest Abbey West on Dean Forest Road.
Remembrances in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice Savannah, P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
Published in Effingham Herald from Sept. 16 to Oct. 16, 2010