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Richard Reidell

Jan 24, 1944 - Nov 30, 2023

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Harrisburg, PA

Richard W. Reidell was received into the arms of his Lord from Carolyn Croxton Hospice House on November 24, 2023 to join his parents, Evelyn (Moul) Reidell and Roy W. Reidell, Jr. ; brothers Robert Reidell and Larry Reidell (Gloria), and sisters Bonnie Lou Clark (Gary) and Catherine Diodato (Richard). He leaves behind to celebrate his life, Patricia (wife), Kristine Linville (daughter), Ronald Linville (son-in-law), and Devon and Dillon Linville (grandsons) and many cousins, nieces, nephews and...Read More

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Jonnie M. Deibler

Died : Feb 25, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Jonnie M. Deibler, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Jonnie was born in Coy, Arkansas. Jonnie is survived by her son Paul E. Deibler, Jr.; and her daughter Debra K. Banks; her brother Carlis Wiggington and her brother Darryl Wiggington; her granddaughter Samantha Romanias (Alex), her granddaughter Sheehan Kovall (Daniel), her granddaughter Daniel Banks, her granddaughter Madison Kovall, her grandson Hunter Banks and her great grandchildren Everly Banks, Luka Romanias, and Landon Romanias. In addition to her parents; Jonnie was preceded in death by her brother, William Wiggington, and two sisters, Freda Westbrook and Susan Zerbe; as well as her daughter, Karen Simpson, and granddaughter, Kaitlyn Banks. Jonnie and her husband, Paul, passed away within hours of each on February 25, 2024. A visitation for Jonnie will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109. A burial will occur Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jonnie's memory may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109 US.

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Paul Edward Deibler, Sr.

Jun 04, 1933 - Feb 25, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Paul Edward Deibler, Sr., age 90, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Paul was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Paul is survived by his son Paul E. Deibler, Jr.; and his daughter Debra K. Banks; his brother-in-law Carlis Wiggington and his brother-in-law Darryl Wiggington; his granddaughter Samantha Romanias (Alex), his granddaughter Sheehan Kovall (Daniel), his granddaughter Danielle Banks, his granddaughter Madison Kovall, his grandson Hunter Banks and his great grandchildren Everly Banks, Luka Romanias, and Landon Romanias. In addition to his parents; Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Albert H. Deibler, and two sisters, Freda Westbrook and Susan Zerbe; as well as his daughter, Karen Simpson and granddaughter, Kaitlyn Banks. Paul and his wife, Jonnie, passed away within hours of each other on February 25, 2024. A visitation for Paul will be held Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109. A burial will occur Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paul's memory may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 4200 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109 US.

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David William Smith, Jr.

Jan 14, 1956 - Feb 26, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

David William Smith, Jr., age 68, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. David was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. David is survived by his daughter Jaclyn Smith; and his son Matthew David Smith; his sister Susann Crawford; his granddaughter Kyla and his nephew Brandon Matlock. David is also survived by many cousins. In addition to his parents; David W. and Lillian E. (Boova) Smith, Sr., David was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Matlock. A visitation for David will be held Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 2800 Paxton Church Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A mass of christian burial will occur Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 11:00 AM, 2800 Paxton Church Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A burial will occur Thursday, March 7, 2024, at Resurrection Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, contributions in David's memory may be made to Find Toby in PA, www.findtobyinpa.org.

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Geraldine T. Steere

Oct 20, 1936 - Feb 26, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Geraldine T. Steere, 87, of Middletown, Pennsylvania, entered into eternal rest Monday, February 26, 2024, surrounded by family in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Gerry was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on October 20, 1936, to the late Michaline and Joseph Helminski. In addition to her parents, Gerry is preceded in death by a daughter, Victoria Pakosh. Gerry is survived by her loving husband, Paul H. Steere, whom she married 67 years ago in Wheeling, West Virginia, on August 18, 1956. She is also survived by her daughters, Diana (Gary) Welsh of Elizabethtown, PA, Paula (Lee McIlvaine) Steere of Hummelstown, PA, a brother, Joseph Helminski of Martinez, Georgia; son-in-law Steve Pakosh of Hummelstown, her grandchildren, David Pakosh of Philadelphia, Jessica (Jaron) Eckhart of Hummelstown, Heather (Greg) Spotts of Elizabethtown, Nadine Welsh of Elizabethtown, and a great grandson, Greyson Spotts, of Elizabethtown. Gerry was Catholic by faith and a member of Seven Sorrows Catholic Church in Middletown. She enjoyed spending time in her herb garden and cooking wonderful meals, including Polish recipes from her mother. A Visitation will be held for Gerry on March 7, 2024, at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 North Race Street, Middletown, PA 17057, from 10 AM until the time of Mass. A Mass will be held at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church at 11 AM with Father Timothy Sahd. A Burial will directly follow mass at the Middletown Cemetery, 675 North Spring Street, Middletown, PA. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be sent directly to the church in Gerry’s name. Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 North Race Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

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Robert E. Swartz

Oct 11, 1934 - Feb 28, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Robert “Bob” E. Swartz, 89, of Harrisburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at Columbia Cottage, Linglestown.He was born in Harrisburg on October 11, 1934 to the late L. Kenneth and Margaret E. (Mohler) Swartz.Bob was a 1952 graduate of John Harris High School and a 1957 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Bob was the President and second generation in the family business, Swartz Supply Company. He was a member of the Paxton Presbyterian Church, Colonial Park Rotary Club, Camp Pawe Hunting Club, Penbrook American Legion Post #730, past board member of Blue Mountain Chapter of Safari Club International, Mellon Bank Advisory Board and the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce.He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley W. Swartz and his sister, Ruth SeighmanSurviving are two sons, F. Kenneth Swartz of New Orleans, LA; R. Scott Swartz of Harrisburg; daughter, Sue Ann Yost and her husband, Adam of Elizabethtown; three grandchildren, Victoria Lynn Cooney and her husband, Timothy, Anthony Costello and Kyle S. Swartz.Funeral services will be held on March 7, 2024 at 11 A.M. at the Jesse H. Geigle Funeral Home with Rev. Richard B. Geib officiating. There will be a visitation from 9-11 am at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donation in Bob’s memory can be made to Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation, 5901 Jonestown Road, P.O. Box 126213, Harrisburg, PA 17112 or to Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

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Jane Ann Wilson

Mar 31, 1928 - Jan 24, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Jane Ann Wilson, 95 of Harrisburg, PA, transitioned to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 24, 2024. Jane was born on March 31, 1928, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of the late William Snowden and Sara Elizabeth Scribbner Snowden.Jane was a resident at the Capital Rehabilitation Center (formerly the Jewish Home) on Linglestown Road for fifteen years. She was baptized at St. Paul Missionary Baptist church and attended until her health would not permit. Jane retired from The Department of Revenue as a Tax Examiner after thirty-five years of dedicated service. Jane, nicknamed "Jimmie", enjoyed gardening, cooking, and sewing, and was known for her beautiful artwork.Along with her parents she was preceded by her husband, Harold W. Wilson, and her daughters Susan J. Marsh and Leah DeRoiste. She leaves to celebrate her life, her children Gloria Martin-Roberts (Harrisburg), Clifford L. Martin, Jr. (Lancaster), Elizabeth Martin (Harrisburg), Carolyn Holly (Columbus, Ohio), and Kenneth Martin (Terri) (Harrisburg). Her children acknowledge their bonus siblings Harold W. Wilson, Jr. (Lebanon), Richard Wilson (Harrisburg), and Pamela Roberts (Michael) (Harrisburg). She also leaves to celebrate her life, grandchildren James Marsh, Leah S. Payne, Dara DeRoiste, Nathaniel Martin, Anthony Payne, Danielle Martin, Sinead DeRoiste, Cindy Martin, Michelle Agnon, Clifford L. Martin, III, and Akilah Alcendor. She has nineteen great-grandchildren, eleven great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.The family extends a sincere thanks to a man who took loving care of our mother while she was in the Jewish Home. A man who treated our mom like she was his mother with tenderness and care. You made her smile, especially when celebrating her birthdays. We salute you Jack Walker and pray that God will expand your borders for the love you gave to one of his.Hooper Memorial Home Live-streaming Link: https://youtube.com/live/JKCzx00ZoxM?feature=share

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Theodore Johnson

Apr 01, 1944 - Feb 05, 2024

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Obituary for Theodore "Ted" Johnson Theodore Johnson, affectionately known as "Ted" was born on April 1, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Nation’s first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital to Talmadge and Doris Smeltzer Johnson. His birth was shared with his older by a few minutes, twin brother Timothy. Ted was an energetic and inquisitive young man, who had a smile that could light up a room. He accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at the age of 9 at Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church (Muchmore Memorial), where he later became a Sunday School Teacher. He received his early education through the Philadelphia Public School System, obtaining his high school diploma from Murrell Dobbins High School in 1962. Ted loved basketball and served as Captain of the Varsity Basketball team. At the age of 17, Ted enlisted in the United States Navy as a "Kitty Cruiser," the name given to recruits who were not yet of age. Ted took full advantage of the ability to see the world and travel while serving in the Navy. After three years of service, and an honorable discharge, Ted enlisted in the United States Army, and served in the National Guard for many years until he resigned. During his time in the Navy, he remembered a beautiful brown beauty who was a classmate of his by the name of Mary Louise Clemons, "Lou" as he affectionately called her, with whom he shared classes and had a friendship with at Murrell Dobbins High School. The two began writing to each other during his time in the service, and soon fell in love. On August 29, 1965, the two were married and to this union, three beautiful children were born, Geniene, Theodore (Teddy) and Lydia. Ted was a loving husband who exemplified Ephesians 5:25 in the way that he loved his wife, and a loving, protective father who mirrored Proverbs 22:6, in his role as "Daddy." Ted enjoyed taking the family on outings where there was fun and plenty of laughs! Ted was an avid reader. He loved museums and Cowboy Westerns. Ted began his career with the City of Philadelphia Waterworks, and later Holmesburg Prison as a Stationary Engineer. He joined the board of the Philadelphia Association for Christian Schools (PACS), and later joined the staff as a Business Manager. During this time, Ted accepted his call as a Minister of the Gospel, serving at his childhood church, Faith Tabernacle under the leadership of Pastor E.T. Lewis, and then later the Faith Fellowship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor John L. Price. To further his education and learn more about Christ, he attended Manna Bible Institute where he served as President of the graduating class. Ted had a passion for missions, serving as a board member for Have Christ Will Travel. As a missionary, he visited Nova Scotia, Ghana, and Papua New Guinea. In October of 1976, God in his infinite wisdom brought families and friends together to start a church by the name of Harambe Baptist Church, which in Swahili means Christians Coming Together. Ted accepted the call of becoming Pastor. During his leadership, Pastor Ted ministered to the needs of God’s people by loving, encouraging, counseling, and most importantly teaching and preaching the unadulterated Word of God. He incorporated his love of missions at Harambe spearheading an awesome missions ministry. He became a fixture of the Germantown Community, loving and ministering particularly to those persons with addictions and other challenges in life. He met people where they were. So it was only natural for him to become the President of the Germantown Community Collaborative Board. Pastor Ted was a natural born leader, mentor, and counselor, often counseling members, leaders, and other pastors in the ministry. In the year, 2000, after serving as Pastor of Harambe Baptist Church for 23 years, Pastor Ted received another ministry opp0rtunity to relocate to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and serve as Director of the Church Strengthening Division for the Pa. and New Jersey Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Ted thrived in his new position, garnering many new friends who became family! He retired after ten years of employment in 2010. He never met a stranger! He was often seen at his favorite restaurant Cracker Barrel holding court! He and Mary joined Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in 2012, where he served on the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Sunday School Ministry, the PLACE Ministry and as an Associate Minister. Ted received a Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from the Center of Urban Theological Studies (CUTS) where he graduated Summa Cum Laude of his class. Other accomplishments include but are not limited to: Director of Evangelism for the Neighborhood Crusade with the late Pastor Melvin Floyd; President of Refreshing Spirit Ministries, where people came to get recharged and refreshed in ministry; he was awarded a Fellowship at Harvard University for two weeks, as well as a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Association. Pastor Ted had an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. He was never too busy to talk to those needing encouragement and counsel. He exhibited God’s love, compassion and grace wherever he went. He would seize every opportunity to share the good news of Christ and extend an invitation to discipleship. He will be missed by many. He leaves to cherish his legacy and memory his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Louise Johnson; his children Geniene Johnson; Theodore Johnson (Renee); Lydia Johnson-Hilliard (Reggie); one brother, Rev. Dr. Timothy James Johnson; one sister, Georgianna Simmons; Uncle, Nathan Johnson; Brother in love, James E. Clemons; five grandchildren, Shanice Johnson, Khiry Johnson, Reginald Hilliard, III, Essien Hilliard, and Reese Hilliard; one great-grand daughter, J’Kyra Johnson; three nieces, Apryll Adams, Leah Simmons and Belinda Bates (Byron), and a host of family, friends, church family members, neighbors, and co-laborers in the ministry.Celebration of Life Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSwm0MZuSVw

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James Thomas Jones Jr.

Mar 16, 1955 - Feb 10, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

James Thomas Jones Jr., affectionately known as "Jim" or "Jimmy", entered eternal life on Saturday, February 10, 2024. He was born on March 16, 1955 in Wellsboro, PA. Jim was the son of the late James and Marietta (Randall) Jones. Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth, Gerard, Gerald, and Lyle.Throughout his life, Jim was an avid motorcyclist and he spent some of his happiest thrill-seeking times with his motorcycle group, riding all over the east coast. In addition to motorcycles, Jim enjoyed golfing, the Pittsburgh, Steelers, hunting, camping, political advocacy, and a few beers with friends and family, and traveling with his wife to their home in St. Augustine, FL. Jim had many hobbies to keep him active, but his favorite pass-time was always time spent with his family, especially when it came to playing with his grandsons. Professionally, Jim began his career on May 3, 1976 after he was accepted into an apprenticeship with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542. After completing his apprenticeship in 1980, Jim went on to excel in his field as a heavy equipment operator, later becoming a business agent for Local 542, International Union of Operating Engineers. In the year 2000, Jim was elected Treasurer of his chapter and served his post with distinction until his retirement on February 1, 2023. James was also appointed a Member of the State Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council by Governor Tom Wolf in May of 2022. On August 31, 1996, he married his devoted wife of 27 years, Kelly L. Jones. This union was blessed with three children, Teerah, Alana, and James. His friends and family will remember Jim’s stoic, gentle giant nature. A man of few words, his voice was mighty and his words were always meaningful, genuine, and revered. As Jim moves to his heavenly home, he leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife Kelly; two daughters, Teerah Goodrum of Washington, DC, Alana Jones of Harrisburg; his son, James T. Jones III of Harrisburg; two brothers, Linford (Andrea) Jones of Pittsburgh, Michael (Joan) Jones of Ontario, CA and sister in-law Denise (Isiah) Foskey of Accokeek MD, brother in-law Lester Wigington of Harrisburg two grandsons, Malcolm Miller, Aydin Ballard; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, several aunts, other relatives and friends. He will be truly missed by ALL!

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Pearl Lee Bryant

Jul 05, 1946 - Feb 11, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Pearl Lee Bryant, a radiant soul whose kindness and faith touched all who knew her, peacefully transitioned into eternal rest on February 11, 2024, at the age of 77. Born on July 5, 1946, in Little Rock, Mississippi, Pearl was the cherished daughter of the late John W. Thames and Lee Velma Thames.Pearl's journey began in Little Rock, but it was in Harrisburg, PA, where she cultivated lifelong bonds and met her beloved husband, Howard Bryant. Together, they embarked on a journey marked by love, faith, and unwavering commitment.Throughout her life, Pearl's heart overflowed with love for her family, her community, and her church. A graduate of William Penn High School's class of 1964, Pearl's faith journey led her to the N. 17th Street Church of God, where she served as a dedicated choir member, usher, and Sunday school teacher. Her voice, a vessel of her faith, not only graced the congregation of N. 17th Street Church of God but also the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church, where her faith continued to inspire those around her, and she found solace and community later in life.Pearl's spirit of service extended far beyond the church walls. She was a beacon of warmth and generosity, always ready to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. Her daughters, Angelita Bryant and Teresa Watkins, and her grandson, Christian Watkins, were the lights of her life, and she poured her heart into nurturing and supporting them every step of the way. She cherished every moment spent with Christian, whether they were shopping for dinosaurs at A.C. Moore or embarking on adventures aboard Amtrak.In addition to her devotion to her family, Pearl was a talented seamstress whose creations adorned her home and brought joy to those around her. She found immense joy in crafting matching outfits for her daughters, sewing her own clothes, and creating beautiful window treatments for Teresa's homes. Her Fourth of July celebrations were legendary, a testament to her generous spirit and love of fellowship. Year after year, she opened her home to friends and family, treating them to delicious food and creating cherished memories that will endure for generations to come.While we mourn Pearl's passing, we take comfort in the knowledge that she is reunited with her parents, John W. Thames and Lee Velma Thames, and her siblings Cynthia Thames, Essie Smith, Laura Stevens, J.W. Thames, and Erven Thames who preceded her in death. She leaves behind a legacy of love and faith that will continue to inspire all who knew her.Pearl's memory will be forever cherished by her devoted husband, Howard Bryant; her daughters, Angelita Bryant and Teresa Watkins (Aubrey Watkins III); her grandson, Christian Watkins; her sisters, Katie Hickman, Geraldine Steele, Lessie White, Mary Hearn, and Martha Thames; her brother, Kermit Thames; and a host of other relatives and friends whose lives she touched with her boundless love and kindness.As we reflect on Pearl's remarkable life, we are reminded of the impact one person's kindness, generosity, and faith can have on the world. Her song may have faded in this realm, but the echoes of her love will resound eternally. Let us remember Pearl's enduring legacy of love, faith, and service, and strive to carry forth her light in our own lives.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church, 2217 Derry Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104.

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Joseph Benjamin Proctor

Aug 18, 1927 - Feb 11, 2024

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Harrisburg, PA

Mr. Joseph Benjamin Proctor, 96, of Harrisburg passed peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2024. He was born in Doubs, MD, to the late Garfield and Harriet (Offutt) Proctor.Mr. Proctor was employed by the City of Harrisburg, PA. He retired in 1992 after 32 years of service. Mr. Proctor was a member of the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ in Harrisburg.Joseph, who was a triplet, attended Frederick County Maryland Public Schools. Following high school, he worked for Frederick Memorial Hospital as an orderly. On October 4, 1950, he along with his brothers Jacob and John, enlisted in the United States Armed Services. Joseph served in the United States Army during The Korean War, with tours that included Germany, Belgium, and New Guinea. After reaching the rank of Staff Seargeant, he was honorably discharged on April 18, 1954 Affectionately known as Joe or Uncle PeeWee by his family, he was an avid sports spectator of baseball and loved watching reruns of cowboy movies from the 50s and 60s.As the youngest member of 12 siblings, he could always be counted on to rally everyone together. Joe had a deep love for his family and was committed to attending every family outing. He was big on being an integral part of every wedding and social event, he was the life of the party. As a young adult, Joe, would join in singing Negro Spirituals with his sisters, Goldie, and Sadie, who also played the organ, and his brother John would play the guitar and they had beautiful harmony, Joe had a great baritone voice. Along with his parents he is preceded by his sons, Alfred and Leroy, sisters, Goldie Proctor Wilson, Sadie Proctor Green and nine brothers, Harry, Raymond, Claude, Charles, Augustus "Tommy", William "Bill", infant Snookie, John, Jacob.Joseph leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 48 years Geneva, daughters Maryann Whiting Brady (Dorris), Patricia Smith, both of Harrisburg, PA, four grandchildren, Leasha, Margaret, Keith Brady and Jamil Carter; a special niece, Sadie "Libby" Rippeon, Adamstown, MD, cousins Lola Bowins Williams, Frederick, MD, Timmy Proctor Harrisburg, PA, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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