"Dignity without Compromise"
Joseph Preston Ivey
Joseph Preston Ivey, a resident of Rebold Manor, died Sunday morning, January 21, 2007 at the age of 86. He was born November 3, 1920 in Quitman, Mississippi to Joseph Kelsey and Ophelia (Ivy) Ivey. He joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1939 and was a Paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division, which was known for saving the many civilians and nuns at Los Banos Interment Camp in Luzon, Philippines. He was also the Drum Major for the Air Force Band and retired from the United States Air Force in 1961. He then became a Civil Servant working for the Federal Aviation Administration as a Radar Technician, retiring in 1974. Joe went to Saudi Arabia in 1980, working for the Bendex Corporation as a radar technician for five years. On March 1, 1947, Joe and the love of his life for over 59 years, Frances Rae, were married at the Barksdale Air Force Base Chapel. They lived in several places including Alexandria, Louisiana, later retired in Longview, Texas, and recently moved to Okmulgee County to be close to their daughter. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Longview. Joseph built his first radio at the age of 12 and during the later 1940ís repaired televisions as a second occupation. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James Kelsey and Eugene and four sisters, Helen, Vicky, Tootsie and Georgia. He is survived by his wife, Frances, of Henryetta, a daughter, Amilee Siau of Henryetta, two sons, Joseph Preston Ivey II and wife Krista and Thomas Kelsey Ivey, all of Longview, a brother, Dennis Olen Ivey and wife Virginia of Hawkins, Texas, three sisters, Elsie Porter of Greensboro, North Carolina, Fannie Mae Kuykandal and husband Mickey of West Point, Mississippi and Ginger Ivey of Dallas, Texas , eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee with Reverend David Hamilton officiating. The Family appreciates the loving care given to Joe by the Rebold Manor Staff. Friends may visit the funeral home from 12-8 P.M. Wednesday. Condolences may be sent at www.mcclendon-winters.com.