Joseph Earl Myers – Former Roanoke Firefighter Passes away

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Joseph Earl Myers worked for the Roanoke Fire Department from May 1, 1956 – July 31, 1962. I do not have much information on Joseph other than he left, possibly on disability, due to losing his eyesight. I have spoke with several retired firefighters today who remember him. His funeral arrangements are below. Please take note that Joseph, like so many other Roanoke Firefighters, was a decorated Soldier who served in WWII.

Joseph Earl Myers:

Joseph Earl Myers (PaPaJoe), 80, of Roanoke, died peacefully Saturday evening, May 27, 2006. Earl was born in Pittsylvania County, a son of the late Grady and Effie Myers and was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Clifton Ray Myers. He served in the United States Army during W.W. II and was a recipient of a Purple Heart, was a former Roanoke City fireman and was Vice-President of Eldercare Inc. Earl is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Grace (Tootsie) Doss Myers; his son and daughter-in-law, Steven Earl and Susan T. Myers of Roanoke; his daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Jean and Barry White of Salem; his grandchildren, Wanda M. Smith and husband Timmy, Corey White and wife Jennifer, Ashley N. White, Jeremy White and wife Jessica; his great-grandchildren, Steven, Shannon, and Sarah Grace Smith, Trevor (T.T.), Toby and Chloe White; his sisters, Doris M. Padgett of, Laurel, Md., Charlotte M. Pagans and husband Ray of Moneta, Dottie Jean M. Nance and husband Harry of Bedford, Patricia (Pat) M. Sink and husband Gerald of Roanoke; his brothers, Marshall G. Myers and wife Hazel of Altavista, Jimmy T. Myers and wife Lori of Arlington, Danny K. Myers and wife Anita of Moneta, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many close family and friends. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at Oakey’s South Chapel, Wednesday 10 a.m., May 31, 2006 with Eddy Gilpin and Charlie Gwaltney officiating. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with military honors. The family will receive friends Tuesday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel, 989-3131.

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