Joe Marshall Ivey, loving Husband, Father and Granddaddy was born November 10, 1919, in Marshall, Texas. He grew up there with his sister, Lois, and three brothers, Lowell, Billy and Gordon. After graduating from Marshall High School in 1937, he went to work for T & P Railroad. Soon after he learned his boilermaker skills, he proudly left the railroad to serve his country during World War II. He was a shipfitter on the USS Amycus during the Pacific campaign. When his tour was over, he moved his family to Shreveport where he became VP of Rothschild's Boiler and Tank Works. After retirement he enjoyed working on his farm. His final move was to heaven on Sunday, October 13, 2013.
Services celebrating his life will be in the chapel of Centuries Memorial Funeral Home at 2 o'clock on Wednesday, October 16th. Interment will follow at Algoma Cemetery in Marshall, Texas. Officiating will be Rev. Joe Bob Alexander and Rev. Kenny Joyner. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 at Centuries Memorial.
He has been an active member in several Baptist churches in West Shreveport. At his death, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood. He has served as Chairman of the Deacons and Sunday School Superintendent. However, his proudest position was Sunday school teacher for the junior boys.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde W. Ivey and Willa Jones Ivey of Marshall, Texas; his brothers, Lowell and Billy W. Ivey, and sister, Lois Wood, all of Marshall, Texas; his deceased wife, Reba Sunshine Findley Ivey of Shreveport. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-one years, Helen Weaver Ivey; his four children, Reba Ivey Summers of Houston, TX, Billy C. Ivey and wife Teresa of Shreveport, Judy Ivey Freeman and husband Jack of Stonewall, and Jerry M. Ivey and wife Lynette of Shreveport; his brother, Gordon Ivey, of Marshall, TX. He was always so proud of all his grandchildren, Ronna Redwine, Ronny Redwine, Cole Summers, William Ivey, Brandon Ivey, Melissa Cheatham, Jason Freeman, Justin Ivey & Morgan Ivey. He is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include his six grandsons: Ronny Redwine, William Ivey, Brandon Ivey, Jason Freeman, Cole Summers & Justin Ivey.
The family can't thank Catherine White, Deshonda Wheeler and Barbara Taylor enough for ALL the tender loving care they gave him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Greenwood or St. Jude Children's Hospital.