Joseph McCormick, 88, of Bridgewater, Va., passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the Bridgewater Retirement Community. Joe remained coherent and courageous throughout his battle with cancer but declined rapidly Monday, with his passing late that night. A niece was blessed to be with him in his final hours and with his last breaths, he recited with her The Lord’s Prayer.
He was born Dec. 2, 1924, and was a son of the late Emmet W. and Minnie Blanche (Lunsford) McCormick.
He was a member of Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, serving many years as church treasurer and deacon. He later attended Tinkling Springs Church and Montezuma Church of the Brethren. He was an avid gardener, having been quite familiar with seeds and farm supplies, and grew unique vegetables unfamiliar to Rockingham County. He was also a stamp and coin collector.
While attending Virginia Tech in 1942, he voluntarily enlisted for duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II and earned the Good Conduct Ribbon among others. Following, he returned home to Buena Vista and joined his father in the family farm supply business, E.W. McCormick and Sons, and worked there 21 years. Following the sale of their business, he worked for General Cable Co. in Buena Vista and narrowly escaped drowning while trapped in the plant during the flood of 1969 following Hurricane Camille. Three years later, he joined his second wife, Naomi Coffman McCormick, RN, at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, and there he became postmaster of the center. They both retired in 1986.
He was united in marriage to Naomi Mary (Coffman) McCormick, who preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 1995. Mr. McCormick also was preceded in death by a son, Paul McCormick, and a brother, E.W. McCormick Jr.
He is survived by a son, Tim McCormick and wife, Karen, of Belleview, Fla.; two daughters, Eileen Aboy of Hampton, Va., and Alice Hazelwood and husband, Ben, of Hardyville, Va. He is also survived by six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Edna (Coffman) Shickel; and brother-in-law, John Edwin Coffman and wife, Cathy. Ten nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews also survive.
A funeral service will be held at Lantz Chapel of the Bridgewater Retirement Community at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, with the Rev. Kerry Foster officiating. Burial will be private at 2 p.m. with military grave rites by the Dayton American Legion Post No. 27.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Retirement Community Residents Fund, 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com .