Horn Lake, MS –
JOSEPH MAX REITMEYER, 73, passed away in Reelfoot Manor in Tiptonville, TN on Friday, June 24, 2016. Joe leaves behind two sons, Michael Reitmeyer of Nashville, TN and Scott Reitmeyer of Ripley, MS. Joe also leaves behind his beloved wife, Sharon Reitmeyer of Horn Lake, MS. He also leaves behind the mother of his two kids, Susan Reitmeyer of Slidell, LA. Joe leaves behind six grandchildren, Christopher Reitmeyer of Nashville, TN, Alex Reitmeyer of Oxford, MS, Jacob Heffington of Hot Springs, AR, Zach Reitmeyer of Oxford, Jerrico Heffington of Hot Springs, and Justin Heffington of Hot Springs. Joe also leaves behind two sisters-in-law, Mary Campbell of New Orleans, LA and Peach Morales of Fort Meyers, FL. He loved them very much and often referred to them as great, outstanding, and above all “witty.” He often put them on top of a ladder for loving and raising his two sons when it was needed. Joe and Sharon were married November 23, 2002 and were inseparable. Some of the greatest memories they had were when he was flying a Cessna 184 not caring where they ended up or how long they had the plane. He was prone to asking her where she wanted to go, of course it never mattered. His other love was their vacations. It was never a destination but always a direction. He would approach an intersection and he wanted to know left, right, or straight ahead. They often ended up 1000 or 2000 miles away. He said, “That was great; when can we do it again?” They ended up in great places somewhere but never could find that place again. They formed many memories together. His motto was “Never a city but a direction instead.” He was a police officer for Miami-Dade, he was a paramedic for the same county. He worked for the Secret Service for a short while; he worked for Wells Fargo Security Division, and Yellow Cab in Memphis, TN. He worked there for 25 years. He had great admiration for Mr. Ham III and his son Mr. Ham IV. He was known for doing whatever was needed there. Joe lost the battle of Lewy Body Dementia but he tried to gain an upper hand on it but at the end, it always wins. He was fighting the battle of his life. He hated the disease and often said it was “a viscous, mean, demeaning, ugly disease.” It tears the family apart but in some ways you could find out how strong you are. Joe and Sharon tried very hard 24 hours a day every day but that never mattered because we knew it would win. Both Joe and Sharon did everything they could but the disease was always one step ahead. It tested their marriage but it remained strong throughout the ordeal. There will be a memorial service Friday, July 1 at 11 a.m. at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven, MS.