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Dr. Joe Roger Busby

November 19, 1958March 18, 2020

Joe Roger Busby of Cary passed from this life on March 18, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Melanie Rae Fagert and three children, Nathan Busby (Emily Stamboulieh) of Clinton, Louisiana, Paul Busby (Amanda) of Carthage, Mississippi and Megan Busby of Carthage, Mississippi and nine beautiful grandchildren: Adriana, Taryne, Braylan, Raylie, Kamdyn, Soraya, Darby, Chipley and Wesley. Other survivors include three brothers and one sister: David Busby (Martha), Letha Greer, George Busby (Sharon) and John Busby (Ellie) all of Mississippi. He was predeceased by his father, Frank Sr., and mother, Jane.

Joe was a loving and beloved husband and loving father. Joe was an avid hunter, fisherman, motorcyclist, traveler and gardener and an amazing storyteller. He was active in many professional, church, community and social activities. Most notably, he was known for his commitment to education. Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education (1981) and Master of Science in Industrial Vocational Education (1989) from the University of Southern Mississippi and went on to earn a Doctor of Education in Technology Education from North Carolina State University (1999). He was a professional educator for nearly 40 years and touched the lives of countless students and colleagues around the world with his dedication, enthusiasm and witty sense of humor. His personal teaching philosophy was based on the ideals that education was key to enlightenment and that learning was a lifelong endeavor.

Most recently Joe was a teacher at Panther Creek High School in Cary where he also served as an advisor for the Technology Student Association (TSA). In 2019, he was recognized by National TSA and NCTSA as the North Carolina High School Advisor of the Year, received the NCTSA Influence Award, and was recognized as a distinguished alumni of NC State University's College of Education. Over the course of his career he served as a member of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Board of Directors, as the International Technology and Engineering Education College Association advisor, as the state advisor and a lifetime member of Mississippi TSA, and in countless other capacities. He was a member of Epsilon Pi Tau, International Honor Society in Technology and was truly an exemplar of their mission - promoting excellence in preparation and excellence in practice.

Joe brought light and love to the hearts of every person he knew. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date considering current events and gathering restrictions. Updated information regarding the service will be posted here once known. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a scholarship fund set up by NCTSA in memory of Joe. Contributions can be made in person at any local North Carolina BB&T by specifying NCTSA Joe Busby Scholarship Fund. Checks can also be sent to NCTSA c/o Joe Busby Scholarship Fund, 292 Ridgefield Road, Boone NC 28607.


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date considering current events and gathering restrictions.


Dr. Joe Roger Busby

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Ananya Varahabhatla

April 1, 2020

I met Dr. Busby my freshman year when he was one of my TSA advisors, and took both of his classes back to back throughout my sophomore and junior years. He was truly one of the best teachers I’ve had, being patient and caring. He always had a smile and and said hello to me each day when I walked in, and graced me with many of his stories. In TSA he had endless wisdom and guided me through what is now my favorite event, which involves making carbon dioxide powered dragster cars. Almost everything I know now about woodwork and using machinery came from him, and I’m forever grateful for the effect he’s had on me as a person, student, and member of TSA. I’m forever grateful for the time he spent with us, and will miss him greatly.

John Leonard

March 29, 2020

Wonderful Joe was my Cary friend from a Triangle network group whose members support and advise each other through life challenges via meetings, calls, texts, and on line. Joe was a true servant leader who will be greatly missed by many! He was a ROCK we leaned on because Joe was the greatest- the guy who called around most often to stay in touch, say hi, encourage, and offer a prayer of support.

During frequent business trips, I try to see a few tourist sights in my travels. Joe had an amazing knack to call me at those odd times on a trip when I'd be standing on a Utah mountain scenic overlook above Salt Lake City, or walking across 'George Bailey Bridge' in Seneca Falls NY (the model movie town for "It's a Wonderful Life"). Over 5 years Joe and I developed a running joke. I answer my mobile phone saying "Hi Joe! You've found me again- guess where I am right now?!"

I no longer need my phone to talk to Joe! Like the movie angel Clarence, Joe is right there guiding all of us from that heavenly cloud of witnesses! The fantastic influence of Joe Busby's Wonderful Life will be felt by his many friends like ripples in an ever-flowing river of hope! May God Bless Joe Busby and Family!

Chris Alberti

March 29, 2020

To Melanie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. My last memory of Joe was when he was part of the joint mission trip of Covenant Christian Church, Cary First Christian Church and Good Shepherd United Church of Christ. I believe that trip was in 2015 at John's River Valley Camp in Collettsville, NC. Joe's carpentry skills were instrumental in our group's project of building a screened -in porch for a resident living near the camp. He planned the addition and worked with the team to complete the project by the end of our week there.

I also joined Joe and others during the trip in playing guitar and singing during worship and reflection times at the camp. I have a great appreciation for Joe's humor and outgoing and positive nature. His uplifting presence among was certainly very infectious!

I lifted all of you up in prayer today at our Zoom worship service at GSUCC and continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris Alberti

Paula Hansen

March 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this! He was an amazing teacher and colleague. I will miss my early arriving fellow Prius, the 1500 hall will never be the same! Condolences to all he touched!

Kaky McPeak

March 29, 2020

My dear Melanie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray for your peace of mind and may God watch over you during this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you, may your husband rest in peace. From the bottom of my heart, kak

Becky Stiles

March 28, 2020

I was deeply saddened to hear of Joe's passing.
I have fond memories of practicing and performing with Joe as part of the music ensemble group during Covenant's 9:00 service. I'll remember his smile and laughter that filled the room with light and joy. He had a caring, loving heart and a zest for life that was contagious.
I feel so blessed to have known him and want to send my love and prayers to Melanie and her family during this very difficult time.
Becky Stiles

Donna Fortenberry-Tolar

March 27, 2020

I was blessed to have known Joe at North Pike High School. He was witty and full of fun. There was never a dull moment with Joe and John around!
Praying for all of his love ones and friends.

Adam Price

March 27, 2020

Dear Family,

Dr. Busby was my teacher for Diversified Technology at the Lincoln County Vo-Tech Center in 1988-89. Saying that he made an impression on me would be an understatement. Busby, as he let us call him, was a man of great compassion and understanding. In the 30 years since this class, Busby still crosses my mind with fondness. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Adam Price
Bogue Chitto, MS

Kavya Kotapati

March 27, 2020

I was fortunate enough to have Dr.Busby as my teacher Freshman year and last semester as a Senior at Panther Creek High School. When I heard of his passing, I was shocked and devastated with deep sorrow. Dr.Busby was the nicest person to everyone and taught me a lot through the years. He was the reason, I could look at my woodwork and say "I really did that" with a face full of joy. I remember one day in class, after I had finished a project, he said he was proud of the young lady I had become. It might have sounded like a small thing, but his words had an impact on me, I went home smiling for the rest of that week. I could never do enough for Dr.Busby in return for what he did for me, but I promise to spread the love. The love that he spread to me, his students, colleagues, and family. Everyone.

I will miss you Dr.Busby,

Joey Totherow

March 25, 2020

Dr. Busby was not only my favorite professor but also a friend and a mentor. He was passionate about doing all that he could to make education better for the next generation. My condolences to the family and prayers for you as you mourn.