Joe Hunter YarbroughROCK HILL - Joe Hunter Yarbrough, 88, of Rock Hill, S.C., went home to be his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his beloved wife, Connie and three great-grandchildren on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Born in Waxhaw, N.C., Mr. Yarbrough was the son of the late Edward and Mattie Yarbrough. He proudly served in U.S. Army during WWII in the Philippines in New Guinea. For many years he worked as a general contractor until he received the call to ministry. Known to many as "Pastor Joe," Mr. Yarbrough was the pastor of St. Paul's Independent Methodist Church. He was a strong witness for Christ. He was also known as the Christmas Tree Man on Mt. Gallant Road. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Albert and Edsel Yarbrough, and a sister, Janie Yarbrough. He is survived by his son, Ronnie Yarbrough (Cindy); two daughters, Susan Adkins (Wayne) and Brenda Roof (Larry); a sister, Mattileen Hawfield; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside service to celebrate the life and ministry of Mr. Yarbrough will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice & Community Care, Wayne T. Patrick House, 2275 India Hook Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732. Condolences can be registered online at basscares.com. Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Herald on Aug. 1, 2013