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Mr. Joe Cecil Minor, 84, of Glenbridge Health Care, Boone, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 8, 2005, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born June 12, 1920, in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, to the late John Anderson and Hannah Carter Minor.
Mr. Minor graduated from Reynolds High School in 1938 with a concentration in printing. He served in the 82nd Airborne during World War II and played a part in the liberation of the concentration camps in Germany.
He moved his family to Boone in 1948 and worked for the Watauga Democrat for 20 years as a linotype operator, pressman, reporter and photographer.
He established and taught a vocational printing course at Watauga High School from 1969 until 1971.
In 1972, he founded Minor’s Printing Company, which is still a viable business in Boone and currently owned by his daughter, Jan and son, Phil. He retired from the business in 1991.
Joe was the Boone weather observer for the U.S. Weather Bureau for 40 years and in 1994 was awarded the prestigious John Campanius Holm award for excellence in weather reporting. This award is given annually to only 25 people across the United States.
The award recognizes exceptional service by weather reporters and is named for a Lutheran minister who made the earliest known recorded observations in the United States in 1644.
Joe was an integral part of the Watauga County community and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
He was a beekeeper and gardener and a great conversationalist who never met a stranger.
Even during the past few years of declining health, his sense of humor was ever present.
He was a member of Boone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Jan Moretz and husband, Tommy, of Boone; two sons, Joe Channing Minor and wife, Juanita, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Phillip A. Minor and wife, Lynda, of Sugar Grove; one sister, Betty Moore and husband, Bob, of Iva, S.C.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Sapp Minor; three sisters, Elsie Minor, Edith Letts and Mary Minor; and three brothers, Roy Minor, Henry Minor and Lawrence Minor.
Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens, with the Rev. Marianne Romanat and the Rev. Carter Moretz officiating.
The family will receive friends this evening (Monday) from 7-9 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Service. At other times, friends may call at the home of Jan and Tommy Moretz, 261 Timberlane Drive, Boone.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga County Hunger Coalition, 417 Meadowview Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607; Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, N.C. 28607 or Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd., Boone, N.C. 28607.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.