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Joe Connell

Joe Dale Connell

ROCKWELL - Mr. Joe Dale Connell, 74, of Rockwell, passed from this earth to his heavenly home on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Concord. Mr. Connell had been in declining health for three months, but his death was unexpected.

Joe was born in Mecklenburg County to the late Clarence and Dorothy Connell. He graduated from Bethel High School and Biscayne Business College. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1961.

He retired after 35 years from Overnite Transportation as Drivers Supervisor. He then worked part-time at Webster Radiator for four years. Mr. Connell was also a member of Charity Baptist Church.

He loved watching football, baseball and NASCAR. His passion was watching his grandchildren play ball.

Mr. Connell is survived by his wife, Elaine Baucom Connell of Concord; son Chad Sloop and his wife Brandy of Rockwell; stepson Kevin Sloop and his wife Michele of Rockwell; brother Jack Connell and his wife Libby of Huntersville; two grandchildren, Kaylah and Hunter Sloop; three step-grandchildren, Emily, Alison and Karson Sloop; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Service and Visitation: A service to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 in the chapel of Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord with Rev. Ron Bushey, of Charity Baptist Church, officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. At other times, the family will be at the home of his son in Rockwell.

Memorials: The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to , 514 Daniels St. No. 109, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Connell family.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.

Published in Salisbury Post on Apr. 10, 2013
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