He was born in Charleston, W.Va., to the late Joe Albert Christy Sr. and Justine Clevinger Christy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Julius Albert Christy. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran. He was owner/operator of Franklin Town Cobbler for 12 years and was a member of Victory Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Barbara Christy; two children, Julia Ann Christy Pile and husband Jeff of Tampa, Fla., and Joe A. Christy III and wife Deborah of Franklin; a sister, Betty Annadeane Earnhardt of Tampa; and two grandsons, William Pile and Nicolas Scott Christy.
A funeral service was held Sunday at Victory Baptist Church with the Revs. Rusty Wolfrey and Benny Bagwell and Mike Fitzgerald officiating, with military rites conducted by VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were deacons of the church, Chad Parker, Ken Williams, Bruce Rish, Steven Southard, Jeff Pile, Frank Copeland, John Long, Jerry Cool, James Rish, Justin Castle and grandson Nicolas Christy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to a hospice of your choice.
Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. An online guestbook is available at maconfuneralhome.com.