Joel Leming

24 March, 195516 October, 2020
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Joel Warren “J.W.” Leming, 65, of Ooltewah, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, October 16, 2020, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sharon Y. Leming; his mom and dad, Lucille and Randall Leming; sister, Brenda Carden and nephew, Christopher Land.

He is survived by two daughters, Melodie Jones, Ooltewah and Melissa Bowman, Chattanooga; a son he never had, Joshua (Sara) Leming; adoptive son, Kenny Perez; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Jerry and James Leming; a host of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews that all called him Papaw.

He had lifelong friends that he loved spending time with, David Long, Dale Swanson and Jeff Price.

He loved his job with the Hamilton County Highway Department in which he retired last year.

He fought an 18 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He won his battle and gained his wings and was reunited with the Love of his life.

The family wants to express a sincere thank you to Lora, his nurse with Hospice of Chattanooga. Thank you for all the care and love you showed our dad.

Also a special thank you to Angie Brock and Lisa Johnson, for all the help through these last few weeks. He loved y’all like his own.

Thank you to Lisa and Donald Bergeron for all the help and support y’all have given.

Live your life in such a way that you’ll be remembered for your kindness, compassion, fairness, character, benevolence, and a force for good who had much respect for life in general. German Kent.

Funeral services will be held at 11 am Tuesday in the Valley View Chapel with Kara Reno officiating. Interment will follow in Lakewood memory Gardens, East.

All covid mandates will be in place at the funeral home and the cemetery, such as wearing a mask and social distancing.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 9-11 am on Tuesday at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.

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  • Les Jones
  • Brandon Johnson
  • Houston Price
  • Darrell Brock
  • Justin Tipton
  • Jason Land


  • Visitation

    Monday, 19 October , 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, 20 October , 2020


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Courtney Ruiz

October 20, 2020

I love you papaw forever and always. You will be missed greatly. You have gained your wings and have been reunited with nanny.

Audrey Leming

October 18, 2020

I’m still waiting for you to take me to Texas ROADHOUSE. LOL
WE love you bunches but glad we know you are in heaven with your Sharon and in no more pain. Will miss you soo much. Never forgotten
Audrey and James Leming

Althea Redd

October 18, 2020

Joel and Sharon Leming were Incredible people ❣️ They loved so many people and touched the hearts of everyone they met. I'm honored to have known them many years and that they gave me my Bestie Melodie Jones. They created two very Ahhmazing daughters Melodie and Melissa and a huge Family.
You both will always be missed and never Forgotten. Fly high and watch over us all. Rest in Heaven 🙏🙏🙏

Lisa Johnson

October 17, 2020

My dear loving Uncle. You were truly the most caring and loving man. You always knew just what to say to make my days brighter. You loved my kids with your whole heart and they loved you. I miss you dearly and can't thank you enough for always being by my side when I needed you most. Dance and fly high with Aunt Sharon. I love you and her so very much. Love Tiki!

Margaret Vonnahme

October 17, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, Melissa and Josh as well as the rest of your family.
Know he is with your mom and all who have gone before him. God Bless!

Melodie Jones

October 17, 2020

I love you Daddy,I'll miss you forever and always.You were the best daddy in the whole world.I am the luckiest girl in the world to have had you as my daddy.

Melodie Jones

October 17, 2020

My daddy..where do I start
My daddy was the most amazing man I have ever known.My life will never be the same without him.He was the best daddy ever. I love you Daddy with all my heart and I will miss you forever!!!

melissa Bowman

October 17, 2020

I love you so very much. I'm so glad you are no longer suffering and with momma. You will never be forgotten.
Love you forever and always,

Joshua Lemimg

October 17, 2020

Papaw! Me and sara are going to miss you so very much! You where not just my papaw you where my father! I could not have asked for a better man to have raised me! You and nanny where always there for your family and friends! We will always love you! FOREVER AND ALWAYS!


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