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Joseph "Joe" Alan Southers, 45, of San Antonio, Texas passed away July 17, 2014. Joe was kind, soft-spoken, caring, generous, loyal and courageous. Joe graduated from Ironton High School in 1987 and joined the United States Air Force where he served until 1998 as an Avionics Technician. He was stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Clark Air Base, Philippines, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii and Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He worked at Airborne Express in Ohio then moved to San Antonio to work at Dee Howard. After a short stint there, he began a long career at Boeing. Joe worked at Corpus Christie Army Depot, Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, and later returned to San Antonio to work at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Texas. All throughout his career, he was blessed to have met great friends with whom he kept touch over the years.
Joe was preceded in death by his Father Benjamin Southers, Step-father Carl Browning, Step-mother Betty Joe Southers and sister Rebecca Hunter. Survivors include his mother Victoria Browning, brother Steven Southers, sister and brother-in-law Jennifer and William Houston, brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Kazuko Southers and extended family member Linda McComas. Joe so loved and was very proud of his nieces and nephews Amy Chesney, Alexander and Abigail Hunter, Billy and Emily Houston and Jasmine and Jason Southers. Joe's best buddy, his Labrador Blue, is residing with Bill and Jenny.
A memorial service will be held at 575th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (Provisional) Pavilion, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on July 25, 2014, at 3 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to the Scleroderma Research Foundation.
Published in Express-News on July 24, 2014