Mr. Joe Monroe Carden, Jr., 87, a life long resident of LaFollette, Tennessee, passed away in Johnson City, Tennessee at the home of his daughter Monday February 7, 2011.
He was born October 24, 1923 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Joe Monroe Carden and Elizabeth Summitt Carden. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brother Sam Carden.
Joe is survived by his wife Wanda Heatherly Carden of LaFollette, his daughter Karen Carden Green and her husband Richard (Dick) Green of Johnson City, Tennessee. He is also survived by grandsons Joseph C. Green, wife Julie, their children Lucy, Katie and Heidi of Nashville, Tennessee and David M. Green, wife Ashley and their daughter Claire of Brentwood, Tennessee.
He is survived by brother Robert (Bob) Carden and wife Ellis of Richmond, Kentucky and sister Janice C. Morse Williams and husband Mac of Newport News, Virginia as well as six nieces and one nephew.
Mr. Carden was a Veteran of World War ll, serving in the European theater.
He attended Center College in Danville, Kentucky and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
He was a Chrysler dealer in LaFollette in the early 1950s. Joe was a former postmaster, Director of the LaFollette Housing Authority, Urban Renewal Director, and former City Councilman for LaFollette.
He was a life long member of First Baptist Church, having served as a deacon, treasurer and moderator for more than 30 years. Joe was involved in starting the first couples’ class at First Baptist Church.
He was an avid golfer and had many wonderful friends. He loved children and helping those who were less fortunate.
He leaves a legacy of honor, integrity, and love for his family and friends.
The burial service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. for family and close friends. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers will be Dick Green, Jody Green, David Green, Ben Rogers, Bill Wilson, Joe Mosier, and Deacons of First Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. Dr. Bob Brown will officiate.
A receiving of friends will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of LaFollette, 255 West Central Avenue, LaFollette, Tennessee 37766
Online condolence may be made at www.waltersfuneralhome.net. Walters Funeral Home, 509 East Central Avenue, LaFollette, Tennessee is honored to be serving the Carden family.