Joseph Tyler Yarnall III

September 20, 1942April 10, 2021

Joseph Tyler Yarnall III, 78, of Hickory, North Carolina, died April 12, 2021, at home after a valiant battle with glioblastoma.

Joe was born September 20, 1942 in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey. He continued his education at Rutgers University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1977.

Before his retirement at age 76, Joe was Executive VP at Blentech in Santa Rosa, CA.

Joe lived an amazing life of adventure, traveling all over the world for his job. He made many friends along the way, as he never met a stranger and enjoyed talking with anyone and everyone who cared to engage. He loved to share stories about all his adventures across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Virginia Mary Yarnall; his parents Joseph Tyler Yarnall, Jr. and Verda Miller Yarnall; and his brother Craig Vernon Yarnall.

He is survived by his daughter Heather Yarnall Schultz (Gary) and his four grandchildren, Dylan, Maddox, Kennedy, and Ashton Schultz of Huntington, WV and his son Joseph Tyler Yarnall IV (Maria) of West Jefferson, North Carolina.

At his request, no service will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory can be made to Carolina Caring (, a wonderful hospice organization that provided excellent support and care for Joe in the final months.

Condolences may be sent to the Yarnall family at

Drum Funeral Home, Hickory, is honored to be serving the Yarnall family.


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Julie Raper

May 8, 2021

Heather, Tyler and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Ginny for many years and remember Joe's friendly smile and how genuine he was.
As hard as it is for you, I know they are thrilled to be together once again.
I pray that precious memories will give you peace and bring a smile to your face.

Julie Raper

John Everley

April 14, 2021

So sorry to read about Joe's passing. He is with Jenny now and happy. Joe and I hung out together when both of us were laid off from our jobs, having lunch at various restaurants around town. Met both Jenny and Joe when we moved to Hickory and our sons were in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts (250). I tried to contact Joe after I read about Jenny's passing. His cell phone rang and rang with no response. My condolences to his family.

Steven Grall

April 14, 2021

Tyler, Heather and your families, I am grateful for the friendship of your Dad and Mom. We had many travels, work projects, and wonderful meals over the years. It was a rare time when Jane and I didn’t see photos and updates of his pride and joy in you and your families. Our condolences to you.

Joe, thank you for your friendship and the gift of wonderful memories.

Debra Poskanzer

April 13, 2021

Tyler, Maria and family. Our condolences to you on Joe's passing. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.
All our love,
Debbie Poskanzer, Howard, David and Lee Schlenker and Jamell Yarborough

Steve McGlone

April 12, 2021

I am sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He will be with Ginny again, he missed her very much.
I knew and worked with Joe for many years and considered him a dear friend.
We will miss him very much.

Jeff Metcalf

April 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a good friend. I am praying for you all during this time... peace and love to you all... I am sure Joe is happy to be reunited with Ginny now... I know he was lost when she passed so unexpectedly... May God give you the family peace...