Joe M. Dailey

April 11, 1931January 4, 2019
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Joe M. Dailey, passed away peacefully at his home on January 4, 2019. He was a member of the Karns Lions Club for 58 years. During his years of service he served as club president, District Governor and Council Chairman for the Tennessee Lions. He received a lifetime membership from Lions International. He retired from ORNL-X-10 after 38 years of dedicated employment. Joe was a member of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir and was a soloist for many years. Preceded in death by his son, Gary; parents, Milton and Lois Dailey. Survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Jackie; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Monica Dailey; daughter-in-law, Marty Dailey; grandchildren, Lacey and Tony Fleming, Lynsey and Charlie Emert, Luke and Leah Dailey; great-grandchildren, Kaleb and Kael Fleming, Hannah and Hayden Simmons, Lillie Emert, Piper and Willow Dailey; brother, Skip and Lou Dailey; niece, Sherry Powell. Family will receive friends Monday at Weaver Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 pm. Services will be held on Tuesday at Weaver’s Chapel at 11:00 am. Family and friends will go in procession to Oak Ridge Memorial Park for interment. Pallbearers, Luke Dailey, Tony Fleming, Charlie Emert, Leslie Sutton, Jacob Wright, Tony Wright, Tyler Smith, Jim Butler, Josh Powell, Kaleb Fleming and Hayden Simmons. Honorary pallbearers, Jim Voyles, Jim Cox, Jim Blazier and the Karns Lions Club. Memorials can be made to Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church, 7753 Oak Ridge Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37931 or Karns Lions Club, P.O. Box 7251 Knoxville, TN 37921. Condolences are welcome at


  • Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church
  • Karns Lions Club


  • Visitation Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Interment Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Joe M. Dailey

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Doris McClain

February 21, 2019

To Jackie and family...Our family loved and respected Joe so much. I live in Florida and just found out about your loss. He gave back so much to his the Karns' community and I am so sorry. Mom loved both of you and may God ease the pain. Love and Prayers, Doris Bryson McClain, Dowling Park, Florida 32064

Carolyn McCown Roop

January 10, 2019

Sorry for your loss.My dad Mayford McCown was a friend of Joe and also a member of the Lions Club. I remember him and Gary.May God give you peace and comfort.

Charlie Valentine

January 8, 2019

Thoughts and prayers go out in this time of loss. Clearly Joe led a great life!

Vickie Coker

January 7, 2019

The Roy Coker family wants you to know how sorry we are for your loss. The Dailey family have always been loved and respected in this community. Our prayers are with you.

Wilma & Bill Shinpaugh

January 7, 2019

Jackie, Rick and family,
Bill and I send our love and sympathy. Joe was a great friend, a wonderful neighbor and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Bill and Wilma

Billy Pearson

January 6, 2019

Dear Jackie, Rick and Family: Frances and I are saddened to learn about the passing of Lion Joe, he was a great Lion and very well liked and respected with the Lions of TN' We have missed all of your presence in the past years, as we do not get out much anymore , I have thought about you and Joe several times and was thinking I needed to call and talk to you people, just too late. I remember the fun days at the MD's and you and Joe hosting the PDG's retreat and state convention hosts.They were some of the best days of lionism! We will miss Joe and wish we could be with you at visitation, but it is out of our capabilities . Take care and may God bless, comfort and bring peace to the family. Take care, I am losing too many of my dear lion friends.
Billy and Frances Pearson

carolyn stooksbury sunderland

January 6, 2019

Jackie, I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your dear husband, Joe.

I am praying for you as you grieve, and rejoicing for your husband as he enters his heavenly home and has some really special reunions.

Love and comfort to you
Carolyn Stooksbury Sunderland

Keith and Pam ogle

January 6, 2019

Joe was such an awsome man and such an inspirational Christian man. He always went out of his way to help anyone in need. If you needed him to help you in anyway all you had to do was call and ask him and he will be there. He was always friendly. I can remember every time I drove down our street and he was outside, he would always take the time to wave at you. Jackie, I pray for you and you family that God would put his comforting embrace around all of you so that you are able to make it thru this stressful time.

Pamela Stewart

January 6, 2019

Joe was the Best! He was always kind, loving and respectful to everyone he met. I never once heard him say anything negative. He was a good Christian man and it showed in his daily living. We were blessed to know him. Our prayers are with Jackie and the family. We love you and we know heaven has gained an amazing angel. Love and prayers.

Linda Hawley

January 6, 2019

Joe always had a smile and kind word for everyone. His voice from the choir was one of beauty, calm, and light. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family. Love you.



      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Joe M. Dailey who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Joe was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Joe knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Joe was born on April 11, 1931 at his grandmother's house in Concord, Tennessee. His parents were Milton and Lois Dailey. Joe was raised in the Karns community of Knoxville, Tennessee. Even as a youngster, Joe learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Joe was able to put his natural abilities to work. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Joe was raised with one sibling. He had a younger brother, Skip Dailey.

      Joe's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Joe enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Joe took part in football, skiing and racing. He was a member of the 4-H and FFA Clubs.

      In school, Joe was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Joe was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Joe’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He attended Karns and Farragut High Schools and graduated in 1949. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was shop class. .

      Joe was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Joe was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Joe came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, one of his best friends was Don Williams. Later in life, he became friends with Clyde Price, Tony Wright and Jim Voyles.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Joe reveled in the security of his family. On December 29, 1949 Joe exchanged wedding vows with Jackie Sutton at the church parsonage in Sylvia, North Carolina. One of Joe’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Joe was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Joe would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Joe was blessed with 2 children, Gary and Rick Dailey. They were also blessed with 3 grandchildren, Lacey, Lynsey and Luke.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Joe was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Joe was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Joe upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Lab Technician. He was employed for 38 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Joe was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Joe approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing and woodworking. Joe was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Joe to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In high school, Joe played football. He walked 10 miles each way from home to play football . Recreational sports included golf. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, basketball and racing.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Joe liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. In high school, Joe was a member of the 4-H Club. Throughout his later years, Joe was an active member of the Lions Club.

      Faith was important to Joe. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church for 70 years.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Joe could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Joe; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of his most prestigious awards included the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Club.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Joe used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Joe had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included trips to Daytona Beach and 2 weeks at Cabin Fishing each year.

      Joe was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Joe’s favorites was Tony the Bulldog. They were best friends for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his horse.

      When Joe’s retirement finally arrived in January 1990, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved staying in Knoxville, Tennessee. In retirement, he found new pleasure in having more time for golf, hunting, fishing and the Lions Club. In many ways, Joe loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Joe passed away peacefully on January 4, 2019 at home in Karns. Joe's was a natural death at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; son, grandkids, great grandkids and his brother. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Joe was laid to rest at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

      All who knew him would agree that Joe was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Joe M. Dailey did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.