COKER Joel "Joey" Patrick Calabrese Jr., age 45, of Coker, died June 15, 2013, in Greene County with his mother. Services will be 2 p.m. today at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kelly Jolly officiating. Burial will follow in Coker Cemetery with Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider directing.
He was preceded in death by his father, Pat Calabrese; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. O.V. Strickland, Mrs. Mary Stevens, and Mr. Joseph Calabrese.
Survivors include his mother, Shirley Calabrese; his sons, Joel Patrick Calabrese III and James Ridge Calabrese; his special granddaughters, Whitney Richardson and Montana Thigpen; his special partner Margaret Swindle; his aunts, Annie Merle Boothe, Vickie Akridge (Aubrey); his uncles, Bud Strickland (Bland) and James Strickland (Helen); several cousins and other relatives; and his son, Ridge's, mother, Jennifer Boyd.
Joey was a wonderful son, father, partner, and friend to everyone he met. Anyone who ever met or even talked to Joey never forgot him or his quick wit. He always had a smile and fast comeback for everything. He was an avid hunter and fisherman – he especially enjoyed these with his sons.
Pallbearers will be Doug Pugh, Mark Pugh, Mark Bridges, R.P. (Ronnie) Powell, Randall Marshall, and Craig Kilgore.
Honorary Pallbearers are all past and present friends, employees of Ferguson Enterprises and Summit Pipe, Sharon Pugh, Amy Pugh, Marsha Bridges, Roy and Janie Pugh, Stephanie Marshall, Josh and Marti Gilmore, friends and neighbors of the Coker community, and friends and neighbors at the river.