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Joshua Islam, age 18 of Gainesville, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at Camp Pendleton, CA. Josh was born January 19, 1995 in Gainesville, Florida to James Skender and Donna Lynne Willis Islam. He grew up in Weddington, North Carolina, where he was a student, baseball player, and fisherman.

Josh graduated from Weddington High School with honors in June 2013. He was a proud member of Weddington's back-to-back state championship teams in 2012 and 2013. He considered his teammates to be his family. Throughout high school Josh maintained a strong determination to serve our country. He trained with the Marines most Saturdays during his senior year of high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps through the delayed entry program. He wanted to be the best and was focused on Infantry. He graduated boot camp near the top of his class at Parris Island on October 3, 2013. Josh continued training at Camp Geiger, NC. He graduated ITB/SOI January 9, 2014 and was promoted to Private First Class.

PFC Islam was selected to train to be a reconnaissance Marine at Camp Pendleton, CA. He died among his brothers, following his dream and giving 110% to his last breath. But he and his family know this is not the end. Their hope is in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, through a saving faith in Him.

He is survived by his parents, James and Donna Islam; paternal grandfather, Jim Islam and wife Marilyn; maternal grandmother, Karen Willis; siblings, Jarrett, Shannon, Victoria, Levi, Abigail, and Devin Islam and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Joan Islam and maternal grandfather, Walter Willis.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Westside Baptist Church, 10000 West Newberry Road. Interment will follow in Countryside Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in Indian Trail, NC on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail.

Josh did not love flowers. A memorial fund has been established which will support youth baseball, childhood cancer treatment and support, and Junior Marine Corps ROTC. Honor gifts may be sent to Joshua M. Islam, PO Box 358301, Gainesville, FL 32635. A foundation is being created to honor Josh's memory. Joshua19foundation.org

Arrangements are under the care of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Westarea, 823 NW 143rd Street. Please visit his memorial page at:






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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014
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