Joseph Anthony Pellicci COLUMBIA - A memorial service for Joseph Anthony Pellicci, 53, will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Union United Methodist Church, with a visitation following. Joseph passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. Joseph graduated from the University of South Carolina where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He began his career as a reporter at WLTX-TV. He then became the Public Information Officer for the S.C. Highway Patrol and then the S.C. Department of Public Safety. He joined the Richland County Sheriff's Department in 1997 as the public information officer. Joseph was promoted to Captain over the Special Services Division, where he oversaw the School Resource Officer Program, Project HOPE and Handicap Parking Programs. He was a member of numerous professional boards and organizations including SCARSO, SCLEOA, Midlands Safe Kids, D.A.R.E., The S. C. Law Enforcement Memorial Committee, and the Lexington-Richland District 5 Community Roundtable. The Majority of Joseph's free time was spent volunteering for two organizations of which he was especially fond- Special Olympics and Salkehatchie Summer Service. He was involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for over 19 years as a runner, fundraiser, a coach, and a volunteer at Special Olympics games. He served on the LETR International Executive Council, was the chairman of the LETR Affiliates Committee, and a member of the S.C. LETR Executive Committee. In 2012 Joseph was inducted into the LETR Hall of Fame. He was a very active member at Union United Methodist Church. Joseph is survived by his wife, Anita Hall Pellicci; daughter, Whitney Pellicci Pitts (David) of Chapin, and son, Joel Pellicci of Atlanta, GA; mother, Helen Abdalla Pellicci of Columbia; stepmother Barbara Foxworth Pellicci of Beaufort; brother, Marty Pellicci (Allison) of Hilton Head; sister, Laural Pellicci Mcmanus (Ed) of Atlanta; step-sisters, Cyndi Pellicci May (Jim) of Beaufort, Robin Pellicci Moore (Arthur) of Tennessee; stepbrother, Bryan Orr of Tennessee; numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Jackie Hall of Columbia; sisters-in-law, Dawn Hall O'Cain (Eddie) of Columbia, and Edie Hall of West Columbia. Joseph was predeceased by his father Anthony Thomas Pellicci of Columbia. The family would like to thank the devoted care givers of S.C. Oncology Association, Lexington Medical Center, Three Rivers Medical Associates and the Richland County Sheriff's Department for all of their love and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Union United Methodist Church 7582 Woodrow St. Irmo, SC 29063 and the S.C. Special Olympics, 1276 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The State on Jan. 16, 2014