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A Great Life Well Lived: Farewell Joe21.
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A Great Life Well Lived: Farewell Joe21.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:27 AM

How can you say that a life that lasted very nearly One Hundred Years felt like it was cut short? That is my feeling when talking about Mr. Joe. I had never met him personally, that was supposed to happen at his birthday get together this year. But I, like so many of us here on Tigernet, felt like we knew the man very well, as he graciously allowed us into his life via the many different stories and pearls of wisdom he would impart on these boards.

He, and his contemporaries are all but gone now, the last remnants of what I believe have been correctly labeled as The Greatest Generation. We will never truly realize the gift they gave us, as freedom is all we who were born and raised in these United States have ever known. We will never know what those soldiers during the dark times of WWII knew all too well, which was that the outcome we got was far from a given. It could easily have gone the other way. Take a really close look at that history sometime, it could make your blood run cold.

They say War is H-ell. Men who have gone through it often come back broken. But, others, like Mr. Joe, never let it define them. They looked for, and found the good in things in life to build on. They tried to pass on the positive wisdom they had acquired during lives well lived. Some, you might say, even became beloved. I believe that is the status that Joe21 had achieved here on Tigernet. I might or might not read some others posts, but a post from Joe21 was ALWAYS "Must See TV". You would always be entertained at the very least, and, if you listened carefully at all, you would come away a better person at the end of it.

Now, Mr. Joe has already heard the words that we who live in faith pray to someday hear:

"Well done, my Good and Faithful Servant."

Rest in Peace, Mr. Joe. A Hundred Years seems like just not enough time for those of us left behind.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:30 AM

I did not know him. But, the tributes I am reading this morning speak highly of him and of the character of this forum.

Thanks to all who are posting.

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You said it well. I attended a veteran's program

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:34 AM

in Greenwood Tuesday evening and a Navy vet in a wheelchair was among those honored and actually stood up when recognized. He was on a Navy ship that was sunk in 1944 !!! Not that many like him still around.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:35 AM

saw his post sometimes could tell he was a genuine man.. I know he's resting in Heaven.

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Very well written. Thanks for sharing.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:43 AM

Joe21 touched a lot of people. I'm blessed to just have been able to read his writings. Just imagine how blessed the people are that actually met him. RIP Joe21, there's a special place in Heaven for The Greatest Generation.

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Take care, stay well and see you soon in The Valley!


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Nov 4, 2021, 11:20 AM

Amen

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Nov 4, 2021, 11:41 AM

He was truly an great ambassador for Clemson. All around the world when he traveled he would bring his Clemson stickers.

Who makes the decision on who they honor on Military Appreciation Day? Mr. Joe needs be high on whatever list of candidates they have.

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Nov 5, 2021, 5:57 AM

That is an outstanding suggestion.

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Class of '87


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Nov 4, 2021, 11:46 AM

I didn't know him but kudos to you Sir, for a wonderful tribute, and kudos to Joe for an inspiring life.

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Nov 4, 2021, 12:37 PM

very touching tribute!

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Nov 4, 2021, 12:41 PM

Thank you for making this post.

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Nov 4, 2021, 12:52 PM

Well said. We'll miss you around here, Mr. Joe!

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Nov 4, 2021, 1:15 PM

Will Vandervort interviewed Mr. Joe back in 2019. Here is an updated version of his article in remembrance of a great Tiger.

https://theclemsoninsider.com/2021/11/04/no-one-loved-clemson-as-much-as-mr-joe/


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Nov 4, 2021, 1:30 PM

Very well written and heartfelt tribute to a loving and kind soul. I didn’t get to meet Joe either but I’ll look for him in Heaven. Godspeed Sir. You will surely be missed

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Nov 4, 2021, 2:06 PM

Joe stories always gave me inspiration and appreciation for what we have in life. Thanks Joe21 for the many stories that you gave us and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SIR !!! RIP my friend.

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Nov 4, 2021, 2:28 PM

You can't ask for more

"Well done, my Good and Faithful Servant."

GOD BLESS

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Nov 4, 2021, 2:37 PM

Thanks 76er for this tribute to Joe21. Well said. Continued prayers for Joe's family and friends.

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Well done, my Friend. Well done.***

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Nov 5, 2021, 5:19 AM

Thank you 76er. Great post!

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Men at 25 play football. Men at 40 play tennis. Men at 60 play golf. Have you noticed as men get older their balls get smaller.


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Nov 5, 2021, 10:26 AM

Well said! Joe was very special and his post were always interesting and inspiring. I never met Joe either but you got to know him through his numerous post. I hope a Joe21 book written by Joe and his family will become a part of our future.


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