Joe Stanley Epperson, Jr., 73, a native of Columbia, KY and the eldest child of Joe Stanley Epperson, Sr. and Dorothy Garnett Epperson, passed away on Wednesday morning, March 10, 2021 while in the kind and compassionate care of the Palliative Care team at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.
Joe was known as "Junior" from the time of his birth on September 30, 1947 in Columbia, KY. During his youth, he became a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbia. After his graduation from Adair County High School in 1965, he joined the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He served his country with dignity as evidenced by his honorable discharge upon completing his service requirements.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his younger Epperson brothers: Frank Rodney in 1975, Henry Wayne "affectionately known as Mr. Bounce" in 2013, and James Marshall "known first as Baby Brother, then Babe" passed away in 2016.
As Junior would say in his later years: "May God bless you and keep you in His good graces."
2 sisters: Susan L. Epperson and S. Elaine Epperson, both of Elizabethtown, KY
1 niece: Jeanine M. Barnett of Campbellsville, KY
1 nephew: Daunque L. Epperson of Louisville, KY
3 great-nieces: Sydnei Epperson, LaNiya Epperson and Dayonna Bell
1 great-great-niece: Sophia Epperson
3 great-nephews: Aaron Barnett, Ceondre Barnett, and Thayden Epperson
1 aunt: Minnie L. Clayborn
A number of cousins and friends
In accordance with his wishes, a memorial service for Joe will be held at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to either a homeless shelter, a women's shelter, a food pantry or any other charity of choice. Additionally, one might choose to provide help to someone in need of a helping hand or, simply a kind word.
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.