Joseph Okey Jr. (1943 - 2018)

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  • "My condolences to Marianne, David, Paul, and Diane. Joe was..."
    - Jack Matthews
  • "Diane , You and Joe both touched my Heart down in Aruba !..."
    - Alan Salk
  • "Betty and I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the..."
  • "Always enjoyed playing golf with Joe. He was sneaky good!!!..."
    - Dave Farr
  • "A GOOD FRIEND WHEN WE WERE KIDS!"
    - WILSON KING

Joseph Alan Okey, Jr. CHARLOTTE - Joe Okey passed away at home in Charlotte on August 31, 2018, with his loving wife Diane by his side. He was born January 15, 1943, in Graham, NC to the late Edna and Joseph Okey, Sr. After attending NC State University, Joe settled down in Charlotte in 1969. He enjoyed a successful career in textiles, and in his travels, he made countless friends throughout this region and overseas. He never met a stranger and seemed to know someone everywhere he went. He served as chairman of the American Textile Machinery Association, was a board member of Carolina's Textile Club, and served as president of Myers Park Country Club. He was an avid member of the Wolfpack Club, attending every football game he could. Joe treasured his annual trips to Aruba with his wife Diane. He is survived by his wife, Diane Okey, his three children, Marianne Wynne (Doug), David Okey (Elizabeth), and Paul Okey; his stepdaughters Jessica Graham (Ben), Melissa Schwab (Dustin) and six grandchildren (Charlotte and Wade Okey, Noah and Avery Graham, Austin and Reece Schwab), as well as his sisters Josephine Phillips and Eugenia Okey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lucille Tutterow. The family would like to thank Dr Reza Nazemzadeh and his staff for their care and support throughout Joe's courageous and hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. All are welcome to join the service to celebrate Joe's life on Saturday, September 15th, at 2 pm, at Central Church, 5301 Sardis Road in Charlotte. A reception will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to www.pancan.org in Joe's memory.
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Central Church of God
5301 Sardis Rd
Charlotte, NC 28270
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 8, 2018