Joel F. Ehren

June 5, 1935February 11, 2019

Joel Fredrick Ehren 83 of Jacksonville passed away at his home on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Joel served his country in the USMC and then graduated from SUNY-Oswego. After teaching for 12 years in New York State, Joel moved to Jacksonville, NC in 1972. He taught at Blue Creek Elementary and Bell Fork Elementary for a total of 25 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Sandra Ehren, daughter, Janice Morehead, and sister Claudette Crocker.

Joel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bette, daughter, Elaine Davis (Pat Finn) of Stella, two sons; Michael (Theresa) of Pfafftown, Alan (Melissa) of Indian Land, SC, three sisters; Elissa Bahr (Newt) of Zephyrhills, FL, Leslie Himelrick (John) of Wilton, NY, Deborah McCall (Bill) of Hudson Falls, NY, 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a gathering of friends and family on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Johnson Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Joel's honor to Onslow County Hospice, 4024 Richlands Hwy, Jacksonville, NC 28540.


  • Gathering of Friends and Family Saturday, February 16, 2019

Joel F. Ehren

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Kitty Adair

February 15, 2019

First: FYI: Donations should be made to ONSLOW CAREGIVERS and sent to the Onslow County Hospice at the address mentioned. Direct it to: Attention: Stacy. She will ensure it is used for Hospice care.

I still think of Joel as Mr. Ehren. I've known him from the time I was a teenager until his death. Elaine was/is my closet friend/my "sister". He was a great man with a wicked sense of humor. He stood strong in his beliefs for the best possible education for children, and he loved his wife, Bette, so very much. He loved his children and grandchildren. He loved his family, even those "adopted" into his family, like myself. My favorite memories are of Bette & him coming for dinners, especially during Thanksgivings and Christmases. The jokes flew back and forth. The love showed. The last big family gathering was after Christmas 2017. Family. Laughter. Food. Love. And Joel. Tired. Happy. Knowing he is loved. He fell asleep at the gathering, surrounded by family.

Rebecca Ives

February 14, 2019

Sending heartfelt condolences to Elaine and her family in this time of great loss.