Joseph Phillip Chisesi, Jr.
February 28, 1941 - September 30, 2013
Joseph, age 72, passed away peacefully on September 30, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born and raised in the upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA. He left home to serve in the United States Air Force and was eventually assigned to serve at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. Joseph met and married the love of his life Nancy "Parrette" Chisesi of D'Iberville, MS. He worked in the hotel restaurant industry for over 25 years and served as Food and Beverage Director of the Best Western Gulfport Inn for 15 years. Joseph and Nancy both owned and operated Orange Grove Hobby Shop in Gulfport, MS for 21 years. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents Joseph P. and Edna Chisesi of New Orleans, LA. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Nancy "Parrette" Chisesi; daughter Nancy Chisesi (Wayne Beckstein); son Anthony Chisesi (Kimberly); son David McMurtry (Bonnie); daughter Deborah Green (Steve); granddaughter Addison Chisesi; sister-in-law Bobbie Jean Dimitry; brother-in-law Richard Alawine; and many cousins, neices, nephews, customers, and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Pamela Tuli, MD and staff at Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Gulfport, MS, the nurses and staff of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of Memorial Hospital Gulfport for their very special love and care, Dr. Paul Mullen, MD and staff, and Canon Hospice Gulfport. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the
, 417 Security Square, Gulfport, MS 39507.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home, O'Neal Road, Gulfport. The service is Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Gulfport.
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Published in The Sun Herald on Oct. 3, 2013