Joseph Stanley Garzik Jr.

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Mr. Joseph Stanley Garzik Jr., passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013.

He was a husband, father, Marine, motorcyclist, IT professional and rascal. Joe was born in Pensacola, FL to Pauline and Joe Garzik Sr. and raised in Southern Pines, NC. In high school, Joe was an outstanding athlete and scholar. Although offered the honor of attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, he chose Purdue. Attending Purdue and Old Miss universities, Joe excelled at math. After graduating, Joe joined the Marines Corps as a fighter pilot. Over the course of four years, Joe flew missions during the Vietnam War, including one harrowing mission where he ejected after his plane was shot down by enemy fire. Following the war, Joe left service, but remained a Marine at heart for the remainder of his life. Joe married Patricia Edwards on May 9, 1970, and began work as a stockbroker for a company owned by Ross Perot. He soon transitioned to the role of IT professional, successfully working his way through a succession of companies, eventually becoming Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the NC branch of Burroughs-Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline) pharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

Joe enjoyed family, travelling, motorcycling, camping, flying, great music and great food. Joe loved exploring new places; he and Patsy took several trips to overseas, and throughout the United States. Joe and his son took several backpacking trips into the local North Carolina mountains. Joe also organized or took part in many motorcycle tours, missions, and poker runs with fellow motorcyclists.

Incredibly intelligent, Joe qualified as a member of MENSA. He possessed a keen mind and quick wit, and was incredibly insightful about life in general. Always the Marine fighter pilot even after leaving the military, he carefully planned each trip as a "mission", going through comprehensive checklists and maps. Health issues sidelined Joe beginning in 2003, but he was ever the stoic warrior, persevering with little complaint.

Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Pollock-Best Funeral Chapel with Dr. Richard Seagle officiating. Inurnment will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park with military honors rendered by the U.S. Marine Corps.

The family will receive friends just prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Joe is survived by his wife, Patricia Edwards Garzik; son, Jeffrey McLeod Garzik and his wife, Deena Bevis Garzik; and sister, Phyllis Garzik Hall and her husband, Franklin Hall. Joe also leaves behind two grandchildren, Sophie Maya Garzik and Connor James Garzik, and the enduring US Marine Corps. Ooh-rah!

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the online guest book by visiting

Arrangements are by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.

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Pollock-Best Funerals and Cremations
2015 Neuse Boulevard
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 637-5111
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Published in Sun Journal from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9, 2013
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