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Joseph Webb McLeary

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Joseph Webb McLeary

West Palm Beach, FL

Joseph Webb McLeary died peacefully in his home in West Palm Beach, FL on April 24, 2017 after a brave battle with bladder cancer. He was 77.

Born in Jackson, TN on June 13, 1939, he was the son of Oralea (Webb) and Claude McLeary and brother to Claudine McLeary Patterson and Nancy McLeary Tipton.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Joyce, and five children: Joe McLeary and wife Beth of Memphis, TN, Alan McLeary of Jackson, TN, Holli McLeary Ward and husband Jerry, of Memphis, TN, Chesley McLeary of NY, NY and Madison McLeary of West Palm Beach, FL. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Murphy McLeary, Katherine and Michael Ward, all of Memphis, TN.

Joe grew up on a family farm in Jackson, TN, graduated with a BS degree in 1961 from Lambuth University followed by a PhD in 1965 from the University of TN. After graduate school, he joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a Senior Economist for five years. He spent the next 15 years as CFO, Director, and President of Cook International of Memphis, TN then later of Palm Beach, FL. In 1988, he returned to Memphis, TN and became involved in private equity investments.

After retiring, Joe moved back to Palm Beach in 1997 with his wife, Joyce, and two daughters, Chesley and Madison. He was an active member of the Everglades Club, Sailfish Club, Bethesda-by-the-Sea and Crocs Men's Club. He was a previous member of the Bath & Tennis Club in Palm Beach and the Hunt & Polo Club in Memphis, TN.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at Harris Grove Methodist Church, 48 Harris Grove Road, Humboldt, TN 38343 on-site reception following the service. Memorial donations may be made to BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network) on their website,
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 17, 2017
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