Joe Azbik Jr

February 5, 1930December 21, 2019

Joe Azbik Jr., age 89, of Homewood, AL died Saturday with his family by his side. Joe is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Rietta Azbik, of 67 years, four children, Fred Azbik (Diane), Wayne Azbik (Connie), Joey Azbik (Ginger), and Debbie Azbik Chancellor (Barry), six grandchildren, Tony Azbik, Leah Chancellor Stephens (Jakob), Phillip Azbik, Ryan Chancellor, Samantha Azbik and Nathan Azbik. He also leaves behind his sister in law Freda Rietta Hamer (Norris) and a large extended family. He has been preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Rose Azbik and his sister Theresa Azbik George (Ben).

He was born and raised in Birmingham, AL where he was a life long member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. He attended John Carroll High School, where he was voted wittiest boy and scored the first touchdown in school history. He enlisted in the Marines where he was a veteran during the Korean War. As a drill instructor he earned three honor platoons and received a metal for sharp shooting. He was also an elite pitcher on the Marine baseball team. After marriage he and his wife owned the Homewood Delicatessen for over ten years. He later worked as a salesman in the beer industry, where he was best know as Joe “The Miller Man”. After retirement he enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, barbecuing, and watching Alabama football.

Mr. Azbik’s funeral will be held Friday, December 27th at Elmwood Chapel. The visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 with the service beginning at 11:00. In the lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  • Visitation Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 27, 2019


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Ginger Azbik

December 30, 2019

Papa Joe was one-of-a-kind. He always had a friendly smile and a helping hand for anyone with whom he came in contact.

They say that when we marry our spouse, we marry their family as well. Well, I hit pay dirt when it comes to this wonderful man. He cherished his family and would do anything for any of us at any time, and his love was unconditional. He was the best father-in-law for whom anyone could ask.

I love you Papa Joe and miss you already.

Vicky Feldman Menke

December 25, 2019

Mr Azbik always proudly displayed the ALabama Crimson Tide flag at his house and on his car. He loved his football team and he was the sweetest dad to Debbie and to Debbie’s friends he always wanted to make sure we were happy. He never met a stranger. He was so generally kind and he loved everyone. He was so kind always waving and saying hello.

He will be sorely missed.


Kerrie Masuen Risner

December 24, 2019

Mr. Joe was always so very kind to me whenever he saw me visiting his neighbors Ashley and Harper. I loved visiting with him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Diane Azbik

December 24, 2019

The best Dad in Law a girl could ask for.

Thank you for the countless memories, laughter, and unconditional love.

I love you,

Kelly Hamer Norris

December 23, 2019

Thank you for your unconditional love and all of the laughs! We Love You, Uncle Joe! Jason, Kelly, Clay & Kyle