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Joseph R. Folkerts, Sr. April 5, 1940 - February 26, 2019

Joseph R. Folkerts, Sr., 78, of Southaven, Mississippi, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Southaven, MS. A visitation will be held Monday, March 4, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Glenn’s Chapel (8235 Highway 301 N, Lake Cormorant, MS 38641). A funeral service will also be held on Monday, March 4, 2019 starting at 12:00 p.m. also at Glenn’s Chapel. Interment will follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens (290 Goodman Road East, Southaven, MS 38671). Twin Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joe was born on April 5, 1940 in Memphis, Tennessee. Joe had many past times, some of them included piddling in his shop, or fixing anything that needed attention. Every Thursday you could find Joe with his church friends enjoying their company. He was a faithful member of Glenn’s Chapel; he even became a deacon and a Stewart for the church. He was a member of the Teamster Local 667 which is a retirement membership from the rail roads. Joe retired from the rail roads after 28 years with them at the age of 51. After the rail roads Joe later began to build countless of houses for the surrounding area. Most that knew Joe knew he was a people pleaser; he would have done anything for anyone. He was a kind and humble man. He was a huge animal lover especially for his dogs. Joe also enjoyed the presence of children, to him there was never too many. He loved his church family and kept them very close to his heart. Although, Joe enjoyed many things in life nothing came before his family. He loved his family more than anything in the world, and will be truly missed by those closest to him.

Joseph R. Folkerts, Sr. leaves behind his loving wife, of 28 years on April 6, Mary (Lee) Folkerts; son, Joseph R. Folkerts, Jr.; daughters, Mary Jo Scola, Catherine J. Hill, Beverly Kaye Power, Charlotte McCarroll; six grandsons, three granddaughters; three great-grandsons; sister, Alice Sexton; brother, James Folkerts; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Joseph R. Folkerts, Sr. is preceded in death by his parents, Royal and Vivian Weakley Folkerts; sisters, Elizabeth McGann, Helen Keon, Ruby Aiello, and Janette Bailey and grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude (stjude.org).


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    Scottie Langston says

    My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Mary and family. I knew Mr. Joe for just a few short months through pulmonary rehab, and am so thankful to have been able to know him. He was determined and upbeat. He was one of the most genuine people I have ever met, what a blessing he was. I always looked forward to seeing him and talking with him in exercise class. He was a joy to be around and knew how to make everyone laugh. He spoke of his love for his sweet wife, his family and his church often. He will be truly missed. May God bless you.

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