Joe David Holcomb, 86, a lifetime resident of Chicopee Mill Village, passed away at his home on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Carol Dean Holcomb; two daughters, Carol Denise Hall and husband, Jeffrey E. Hall, Albany, Ga.; and Dale Holcomb Stone and husband, Ken Stone, Franklin, Tenn.; granddaughters, Courtney Humes, Amber Herring and Brittany Cook; and five great-grandsons; sister, Roberta Irvin, Lawrenceville; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Martha Holcomb, Gainesville.
Joe is preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn Holcomb Wilson; and his sister, Doris Cook.
Born and raised in Chicopee, Joe served in the U.S. Army during World War II
, and returned to marry Dean. He went to work for Chicopee Manufacturing Co., where he was employed for 39 years.
Joe lived a simple life. His life exhibited his belief of honor and integrity. He believed that your word was your bond, and he lived by that creed. He survived a household of four women, and had a keen sense of humor. He relished sharing his stories, jokes and peanut brittle with others.
For many years, Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed walking the courses. He was a regular at Chicopee Woods. He served as treasurer for Chicopee United Methodist Church for many years. Joe served unofficially as the Chicopee Village historian.
He was a gentle and kind man who quietly helped others in need. He saw things to do and to get done, and applied a do-it-yourself approach. Joe was the one to call for fixing things, finding solutions or just rigging something to work.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in the Little & Davenport Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Carrie Myers officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. until the funeral hour. The family has asked that flowers please be omitted and memorial contributions be made to http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/JoeHolcomb/.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.