Joseph A. Underwood, 66, of Limestone, passed away at home during the early morning hours of January 18, 2012.
Joe was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, to the late Wolform and Mary Hubbard Underwood. He attended Patricksburg High School until he joined the service.
Joe served in the Navy from 1963 until 1967 and in the Naval Reserve until 1969. His last duty assignment was on the USS Waldron, where he stood lower level throttle and top auxiliary watches and was also qualified to stand top watch underway. Joe received a letter of appreciation for his efficient performance in locating and repairing a leak in the number one main condenser during the USS Waldron’s Recovery Force of Gemini 6 and 7.
After he was honorably discharged from the Navy, he became a mechanic. He loved working on cars and worked for Ford Motor Company for several years. Joe later became interested in forklift and truck mechanics and held several positions in those fields, including shop foreman for David Warren in Orlando, Florida.
He moved to Tennessee in June of 2009.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Judy Embbs and Janet Marlett.
He leaves behind his brother, John Underwood; and a sister, Juanita Marlett; his children, Tammy Pearman, of Indiana, Joe and Frank Underwood, of Florida, and Connie Claxton, of Limestone. Joe also leaves behind thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Caris Healthcare, 110A West Springbrook Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604, phone (423) 929-2044.
Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 108 W. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Underwood family. 423-928-2245