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TNET: A Clemson Legend: Yes, Joe, sometimes it's the little things
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TNET: A Clemson Legend: Yes, Joe, sometimes it's the little things

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:16 PM

 
A Clemson Legend: Yes, Joe, sometimes it's the little things

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:20 PM

Outstanding job David on a great man. Darn confetti has got my eyes acting up

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:46 PM

Quite possibly the best piece you've ever written @dhood and there's been more than many.

Moments such as these touch us all and remind us of life's little things. Joe21 definitely had the knack of bringing quite a few of us back to reality. I know he did for me.

Yes, there are times we argue like brothers and sisters... That's natural. We're all passionate, and perhaps protective to a fault in our beliefs. But when the clock winds down and we're behind, we find a way to rally behind each other and become one for the common cause.

There some on Tnet that rise above and become our voices of reason. Most we'll never know. But there's truly some wonderful "little Joe's" that are members of our Clemson Family. They might know they are, but they are. Thanks to all.

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Nov 5, 2021, 7:37 AM

This!

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Gotta agree with Clemgal, David...

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Nov 5, 2021, 2:41 PM

That was your best ever. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing. We will ALL miss Joe...

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Atta boy, Mr. Hood.

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:27 PM

Great tribute to a great man.

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GO TIGERS


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Nov 4, 2021, 8:28 PM

Good work. Glad to see the tribute.

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Well said, we will miss him dearly.***

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Welcome home Joe!

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:32 PM

Heaven got a good one in you.

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Get his book out there

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:37 PM

He urged me to write one too, but I am not a determined man like he was.

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Nov 5, 2021, 9:47 AM

Clover65 please let me know how to get one of Joe21’s books. And I hope you will complete one to. Both you and Joe21 made Tigernet great. I would always look for a post from you and Joe every time I logged on to TigerNet. I saved many of them.

I hope you will continue to post great stories that have touched so many. Joe21’s awesome post will be missed.

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Thank you David . . .

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:38 PM

for making others aware of the true treasure we had here on TigerNet. Many of us owe him a smile and a hug for the comfort, direction and encouragement he gave us freely and often.

Joe21 will live on through all of us!!!

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Re: Thank you David . . .

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Nov 5, 2021, 3:27 AM

Amen, Skeeta!

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"It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers any more than it is to make sheep ferocious."
--Henry David Thoreau


TigerNet Admins - is it possible you could pull all the

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:44 PM

threads over the years that Joe21 started (the ones where he told stories) and put them in a special place on TigerNet? Call it the Joe21 archive. Over the years Joe had some great stories/posts that always seemed to share a gentle kind of wisdom from a Clemson gentleman whose generation is sadly disappearing. It would be nice to have an area where we could read all his stuff in one spot.

How about it guys?

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Here's a link that might work to see Joe21's HOF posts

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Nov 4, 2021, 11:19 PM

If you want to read Joe21's posts, do a member search and you can find a compilation.

Here is a link that works for me of his HOF rated posts:

https://www.tigernet.com/user/joe21-111705


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Re: TNET: A Clemson Legend: Yes, Joe, sometimes it's the little things

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:44 PM

Thank you David and thank you Joe. RIP.

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:58 PM

Well written tribute to a man who touched the lives of many who he never met in person but was a very inspiring friend we all enjoyed hearing from. Thanks for sharing your stories with us Joe!

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Nov 4, 2021, 8:59 PM

Unlike many of you I never had the chance to meet him but it only took reading one post to understand he was a special man. We can all stand to learn from the example he set.

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Say hello to the Tiger greats up there for us !***

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Re: Thanks David for this great tribute

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:21 PM

To a great man. His stories did draw you in and I felt like I was there watching it happen. My Father passed in 2017 and Joe carried on the stories from both wars similar but different to My Dad's stories. He helped me in so many ways to brighten my day and to really appreciate The Greatest Generation even more. Heaven got a Great Man. Thank You Lord for Joe.

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My life was better because of Joe21

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:08 PM

He will be greatly missed, but his time with us was enriching. I hope to be that kind of man one day.

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My life was better because of Joe21, too. Thanks, Joe.

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Nov 5, 2021, 8:27 AM

Lots of love & prayers to your family.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:09 PM

Is someone cutting onions? Man... I already miss his stories like my grandpa’s before he passed. They don’t make them like that anymore! Rest easy Joe21.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:19 PM

What a great story. Thanks for posting it.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:35 PM

Wow, so sorry to hear this! May God bless his family.

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Nov 4, 2021, 9:38 PM

A Clemson man needs no introduction… may you Rest In Peace Joe.

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:08 PM

I always looked forward tomJoe21 posts and was never disappointed. Our paths may have never crossed but wish they had. Some day when the lord calls me up I hope to find Joe passing out tiger paws to everyone in heaven. Tiger forever and would love to see Clemson add a plaque to his seat in Death Valley.

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:09 PM

Some people just have a gift. One of the originals from the days of Mikelongstroke and Scooby. Joe leaves a lasting impression on many of us. Thank you for your service. Thank you for the stories. Thank you for being the role model. RIP Mr. Joe.

“Let the light that shines in you be brighter than the light that shines on you.”--Dabo

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:13 PM

I got to know Joe through Clemson UMC. He also was still volunteering at Clemson Community Care when he was 97. Lots of orange in that man’s wardrobe and heart. RIP Joe.

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:19 PM

Yes this brought tears to my eyes. Sure will miss reading your posts. Mr. Joe you will have the biggest celebration you have ever had. Sending prayers for the family.

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:20 PM

Good night Joe. We love you and will miss you.
A hero, a Tiger, storyteller, author, family man and a man of God! Honorable Ring of Honor!

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Re: TNET: A Clemson Legend: Yes, Joe, sometimes it's the little things

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:21 PM

Great article. Thank you David.

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Nov 4, 2021, 10:54 PM

Go rest high on that mountain Joe. Job well done.

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Very nice tribute, Mr. Hood.

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Nov 4, 2021, 11:15 PM

I have been blessed to live in Clemson for over 60 years and Mr. Joe Cocke was a much respected gentleman who will be missed by many.
David Hood did a great job of capturing Joe's terrific nature.

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Very well done. Thanks for sharing.***

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Nov 4, 2021, 11:57 PM

When I was living in Yulee a few years back Mr. Joe shared with me a tip on how to deal with extremely hard water ( having grown up with it as a child in N. Florida) and it was like my own grandfather giving sage advice and the kind you never could've gotten from a Google search.
He had a great way of speaking.
He was one of the best TNet posters , and I think everyone who read his posts would agree.
Smooth sails and happy trails Mr. Joe.
You are remembered...and missed.

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Nov 5, 2021, 12:08 AM

Well said David!

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Nov 5, 2021, 12:32 AM

I'll miss Joe21's stories something fierce, but I'm so glad we've had so many of them. RIP, friend I never knew.

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Nov 5, 2021, 3:24 AM

Joe21, we already miss you but know that you are in a much better place. Thank you for the memories. And, thank you, David Hood, for the best article that you have written.

An interview with Joe by his grandson:

https://www.tigernet.com/clemson-forum/message/lets-see-if-it-works-28949772#28949772

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Thanks, David. A moving tribute, masterfully written.***

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Thank you David.***

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Nov 5, 2021, 5:53 AM

Thank you, David, we appreciate the article and capturing the sentiment so well. Joe21 will be remembered well.

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We will surely miss Joe & his posts!

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Nov 5, 2021, 7:03 AM

The wisdom through his many stories was fascinating, Joe(Tiger Paw Man) will live on in our hearts until we soon join him in our true Home with no comparison in Heaven. Think of all the upgrades Joe got from the creator immediately in paradise, what a day it will be when we get to see and know God without a sin cursed world, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more worries with unfiltered true LOVE from everyone in celebration with our families. Don’t miss it guys, because it’s going to be gazillions of times greater than the best Clemson day ever moment all the time.

I smile knowing Joe made it home with cheers of great job good & faithful servant, we were cheering you on everyday as the Joe we know was living life to the fullest sharing wisdom with us all here on Tigernet to help us in small ways see life through the eyes of his years of wisdom(gold as Proverbs refers to it). We will miss him here but he now is joining in on cheering us to our home in Heaven. Joe cherished relationships & the many simple things he shared with us were always sprinkled with the gratitude that he had for each situation & everything no matter the situation. God, Family & loving one another where always his priorities & hopefully we can glean those wise thoughts & apply them to our lives. I’m going to miss you Joe and I know all of us(Tigernet Family) will miss him too but we will see you soon as we finally graduate from the real school of this life that will carry over in the next with loyalty to the Greatest team ever assembled by God.
I’m praying for your Family. Friends & all of Tigernet to have peace, comfort & celebration during this time of grief in The Name, Amen

Go Tigers win this one for Joe, he would be so proud of you all!

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We keep getting better & better everyday, in every way!
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Nov 5, 2021, 7:36 AM

Great tribute to one of the staunchest supporters of all that is Clemson, and all that is Christian humanity. God blessed Joe, and Joe certainly blessed us, over and over again.

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What a fine man!***

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Nov 5, 2021, 9:24 AM

Someone mentioned putting a plaque on his seat. That is a wonderful idea. David Hood - you know people - how can we get that done??
Maybe we could also fill his seat with Tiger Paws as a remembrance at the next home game, which by wonderful coincidence happens to be Military Appreciation Day!

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Nov 5, 2021, 9:34 AM

It’s a sad week with the passing of Joe21. I would look for his post every time I logged on to TigerNet. He will be sincerely missed and TigerNet and the Clemson family has lost one of the all time greats. Rest In Peace Joe.

Many prayers I knowing are going out on behalf of Joe21’s family. It is my prayer that God will give his family peace and comfort through difficult times.

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Joe, sometimes it's the big things too. Thank you***

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Godspeed Joe21!***

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Nov 5, 2021, 10:47 AM

Thankfully, last Friday I was able to visit this dear, sweet, kind man. He was more concerned about his daughter, Linda than he was about himself. He did ask me to be sure and let the people at TIGERNET know how much he loved them and that he thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the stories. I have loved Joe Cocke since I met him at 6 years of age. REST IN PEACE, dear man.

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Nov 5, 2021, 11:28 AM

Thanks for providing this tribute to a great man David

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Nov 5, 2021, 11:55 AM

A wonderful job David Hood!! That thing, that Spirit, that Love is why These Hills Are Special!! Rest in Peace Tiger Paw Man!!;

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Thx DAVID for another of your special “Confetti” articles..

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but this one being about our beloved Joe21 had to be one of the most difficult due to your personal emotions & the quick timeframe allowed following his surprisingly & abrupt death, and just weeks before you were to interview him in person.

Kudos Sir in that Joe21 must surely be smiling from Heaven.

GoTiGERs!

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It's LBB! I expect an offensive renaissance as a result of your return!

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Going to miss the stories. Life well lived.***

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Nov 5, 2021, 2:03 PM

Joe, as he as affectionately known on these boards must have been a heck of a Tiger. That was a beautiful piece to a faithful fan and servant of Clemson University, and I can see why the outpouring of emotions has been like it has.

The stories from the war eras puts me in mind of my own father who was born in 1918 and the stories from WWII and his time in the Navy. For those that served this country in that era, there are no greater heroes our country has ever known as far as I'm concerned.

Godspeed, Joe, from Hokie who never knew you, but is in awe of how many people's lives you must have touched in your almost 100 years.

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Nov 5, 2021, 2:17 PM

Dang confetti!!!

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Nov 5, 2021, 2:45 PM

Positively inspiring story of a long life well lived.

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Nov 5, 2021, 10:02 PM

Thanks so much for this post and tribute of this great man Joe. May he RIP.

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