Col. Joseph "Joe" D. Eddlemon USMC Ret.
August 25, 1925 – June 7, 2019
Col. Joseph “Joe” D. Eddlemon, USMC Ret., beloved father, husband, friend, warrior in service of his country, distinguished Marine marksman, businessman, supporter of the arts and sciences, and most important of all, follower of his Lord and Savior King, Jesus Christ, died gently in quiet grace early in the morning of June 7, 2019, trusting in his Lord’s promise of salvation and eternal life with Him and all the saints. Joe, one of eight children born to George Allen and Myrtle Cameron Eddlemon in the little mining community of Mascot, Tennessee, was raised during the Great Depression. When his father’s death left his mother a widow, he and his older brother enlisted in the U.S. Marines and Army respectively to continue providing for so many children. While yet only 16 years old, Joe was promoted to corporal, one of the youngest noncommissioned officers in America, and almost certainly the lightest Marine at 118 lbs. Trained in both aviation mechanics and gunnery, he served as Flight Engineer in the iconic PBY Catalina seaplane, and soon in WWII’s Central Pacific Theatre as tail-gunner and radioman, first in the Curtiss SBC1 dive bomber, a biplane, and then in one of the most remarkable aircraft in history, the famed SBD Dauntless Dive-bomber, instrumental in changing the course of the Pacific war. Joe was a USMC “mustang,” rising from buck Private to full Colonel. He continued his education at Naval and Marine schools before entering a 10-year career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Development Engineer during which he earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics and induction into the Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi engineering and science honor societies. Other advanced education includes graduate studies in physics and mathematics; Navy Communication Officer School; Amphibious Warfare School; and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. In 1967 he founded and directed Pulcir Inc., a manufacturer’s representative company for instrumentation in nuclear physics and medicine that recently celebrated a remarkable 52 years in business. Lynne Brummett served as his loyal and dedicated secretary for 40 of those years. Joe has also served as Commanding Officer, USMC Volunteer Training Unit 6-1; Company Commander, USMCR 6th Engineer Company, Commander, Marine Corps Reserve Unit (Knoxville); Commander, Knoxville Chapter and Region V of the Military Order of the World’s Wars; member of American Legion; Marine Corps League; Navy League; Fleet Reserve Association; Officers Association of America; East Tennessee Military Affairs Council; Health Physics Society; Kiwanis. When the milk of human kindness was poured out, Joe’s cup quite overflowed, as evident to all who knew him and many who did not but experienced his kindness and concern. By example he showed what it was to be an officer and a gentleman. And could he tell a good sea story! On hearing a good story, his almost silent but highly animated laughter was a sight to behold and never to forget. Joe is survived by wife Lois Reiniche, and former wife Germaine Eddlemon, mother of his three children, Gerald, Cynthia, and Scott. He was further blessed with seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend its heart-felt gratitude to the dedicated and caring men and women at Ben Atchley State Veterans Home, Smoky Mountain Hospice, and the staff at Berry Highland West Funeral Home. In a word, they were all wonderful in their care of Col. Eddlemon and his family. Family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 1:30 PM, June 15 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 10235 Sherrill Boulevard, followed at 1:30 - 2:15 PM by a memorial service, Pastor Scott Henrich, officiating. Interment at 3:00 PM at Berry Highland West Cemetery, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Pastor Henrich presiding. Those wishing to make a donation in Joe’s memory may contribute to the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association or the Marine Corps League.
- Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 15, 2019
- Graveside Service and Interment Saturday, June 15, 2019
Col. Joseph "Joe" D. Eddlemon USMC Ret.
September 11, 2019
A wonderful and kind man. A Marine's Marine.
Semper Fi sir.
September 10, 2019
Joe was acquainted with my father (Bert Meijler from The Netherlands) and as such I got to know Joe when I was 18 years old. We spend time on the BBQ with Joe, went to his office with my dad and when my parents had to visit another country, Joe invited me to his home and we watched movies together (and we had laughs and talks while watching). His friendliness and amazing stories (based onreal events) have always stayed with me, as has Joe.
It was an honor to have known him, also much fun.
Farewell Joe, from The Netherlands
June 16, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Joe‘s passing. He has been a friend since about 1973 and even helped me once get funding for a business venture.
His handshake was like iron as was his determinations.
He will be missed !
June 15, 2019
Joe Eddlemon has been a friend to me and my church, Hope Christian Fellowship. His integrity and other noble attributes will be remembered and appreciated.
I offer the prayer for the Holy Spirit to comfort Scott, Susan and the other members of his family in this time, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Lt Alexnder Bonnyman Young Marines
June 15, 2019
Colonel Joe Eddelmon was a great supporter of the Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines, both financially and "just being there." When he was able, he rarely missed a recruit graduation or a Young Marine retirement. His presence was like a light in the room, always warm and bright. We will not let his memory die, as we have many stories that he told. We will repeat them, so our Young Marines know the meaning of a true American hero, but not with the grace and dignity that was Joe. He is truly loved. God Bless and Semper fi!
June 14, 2019
Joe was a true patriot, a great guy, and a good friend. His enthusiasm and energy were infectious. I was always uplifted after seeing Joe, and I shall miss him.
June 13, 2019
Joe was a faithful Companion of The Military Order of World Wars and a friend to all he met. He personified what a patriot is by providing service above self to his community and country. May his soul rest in the peace of the Lord.
Patricia Osborne Drew
June 12, 2019
Mr Joe was a wonderful man, he will be
missed very much by many people. I've knoPatricia wn Mr Joe and Lois for many year's.
Love, Patricia Osborne-Drew
June 11, 2019
“Thanks For The Memories” Colonel
St. Peter and our Fallen Marines are PROUD to have you among their ranks as we were to have known you, Sir. Forever and Ever and A Day ;
June 10, 2019
Colonel Joe STARS in this award winning long running documentary on HIS EXPERT USE of his INSTRUMENTS in the SEARCH for the missing NUCLEAR BOMB in the coastal marsh within a few miles of Savannah Georgia.
BELOW IS THE LINK TO YOU TUBE for the 45 minute movie.
June 10, 2019
It was my Honor and Privilege to know Colonel Joe. He and his good friend of Knoxville, Commander Art Arsenault were key members of the 2000 to 2005 ASSURE Search Team looking for the missing HYDROGEN BOMB in the coastal waters of Savannah Georgia.
Joe's Nuclear Instruments and findings were later used by the Nuclear Emergency Search Team (NEST) from the WHITE HOUSE that responded to findings in September of 2004. Art had been the original NEST TEAM LEADER in 1958 that led that search following the AIR FORCE BOMBER nuclear accident. He and Joe were THE TEAM. Unfortunately that weapon is still missing most likely buried cocooned in the coastal marsh mud.
Joe and Art are featured in the long running documentary about that search in 2004 in
AMERICA's LOST H BOMB - available on YOU TUBE
Joe was a dear and always faithful friend of the highest character. A TRUE US MARINE🇺🇸🙏
June 9, 2019
Joe, where to start, as a new member to the Marine Corps League you were one of several other members who took me under their wing. Over the years you had nothing but kind words to me and that hand shake was unreal but I still have all five finger on my right hand. I guess the most I will miss is the Sea Stories at the good of the League. Well Col. Joe I will say goodby but never forgotten. SEMPER FI my Brother.
June 9, 2019
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Joe, but I know he is at peace at his final address. I had the pleasure of meeting Joe (and later, Scott) through his business. He would visit me at UT Medical Center. He was one of those rare salesmen that you actually looked forward to visiting. He was certainly knowledgeable about his products and our needs. But as much as that, I just enjoyed "chatting" with Joe. He had a wonderful personality and was comfortable and sincere in talking about a variety of topics. I know he will be missed.