Joe Hollie Cleveland, age 93, of Union passed away on Oct. 30, 2020. He was born on Nov. 13, 1926 to Vesper and Nannie Cleveland of the Rock Branch community.
Services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Burial will be held in the Union City Cemetery. Dr. Jon Martin and Rev. Marcus Finch will officiate.
A walk thru visitation was held Sunday one hour prior to the service.
He is preceded in death by his parents and five siblings: Weldon, Lola, Clara, Cara and Ned.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Willie Gardner Cleveland whom he loved for 76 years; three children, Donny Joe Cleveland, Gloria Payne (Steve) and Shannon McKay (Jimmy); grandchildren, Molly Beckner (Jim), Shelby Jo Martin (Bradley) and Jamie McKay; great grandchildren, James, Willa Rose, Peter Martin, James Beckner and his unborn sibling due in April.
Joe was a member of the First Baptist Church of Union where he served faithfully until his health declined in his late 80s. He served as a deacon, men’s Sunday School teacher, choir member and helped others in the congregation and community with acts of kindness.
He was a retired Veteran of the Army and was honored to be part of the MS Gulf Coast Flight in 2013.
Joe owned Union Dry Cleaners and later worked for the post office. Joe loved life and always had a song, a scripture or a smile to share. His interests included fishing, farming, golf, traveling, singing and playing the guitar and harmonica. His family will greatly miss his Christian witness and smiling face.
The family requests that any donations be made to the Samaritan’s Purse Donor Ministries (P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607) or the MS Baptist Children’s Home (118 Lowe Rd, Laurel, MS 39443).