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Roy Lee Joseph

August 1, 1932 ~ December 1, 2020 (age 88)

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   Roy Lee Joseph, 88, of Portsmouth, passed away Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was born August 1, 1932 in Portsmouth, a son of the late Edna Earl Joseph and Dorothy Mae Brandenburg Stevenson.

    Roy retired after 33 years as a letter carrier with the US Postal Service. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion James Dickey Post #23. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal for his service. Roy was a 1951 graduate of Portsmouth High School and a Boneyfiddle Marble Champion. A devoted husband, his family was his focus in life and Roy was a magnificent and loving father.

   Surviving are his wife, Ida Louise James Joseph, whom he married December 4, 1951 in Portsmouth; a son, Roy Lee (Linda) Joseph, Jr. of St. Joseph, MO; three daughters, Nancy Louise Rigsby, Karen Linette Joseph and Cynthia Jean Buffy Southern, all of Portsmouth; five grandchildren, Joshua (Angela) Joseph, Amber (Joshua) Kay, Misty (Michael) Myrice, Chaze Southern and Shamicah Southern; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

   In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Carrie Joseph.

   Private funeral services will be held under the direction of the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth with William Bratt officiating and interment in Scioto Burial Park. The American Legion James Dickey Post 23 Honor Detail will conduct military graveside rites.

   The flag of the US Air Force will fly at the funeral home in honor of Mr. Joseph’s service to our country.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Scioto County MRDD, Attn: Lynne Webb, 2619 Gallia St., Portsmouth, OH 45662.


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Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Attn: Lynne Webb, 2619 Gallia Street, Portsmouth OH 45662

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