Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

3780 Highway 80 East, Pearl, MS


Joe T. Denley

June 22, 1939October 31, 2019

Joe Thomas Denley, 80, passed away Thursday, October 31, 2019, at Merit Health Rankin in Brandon. Visitation will be 2:00-5:00pm, Sunday, November 3, 2019, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10:00am, Monday, November 4, 2019, in the funeral home chapel.

He was born June 22, 1939, in Tutwiler, Mississippi, a son of the late James Thomas Denley and Lennie Mae King Denley.

Joe owned and operated Capital Radiator Service in Jackson for more than 30 years. An avid motorcyclist, he owned several motorcycles throughout the years, including Honda Gold Wings, and was a charter member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. A true “man’s man”, Joe could do anything. He enjoyed cars, hunting, fishing, beer, the MS Braves, cooking, and his Tuesday night Poker games.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Allie Denley, and daughter-in-law, Leah Denley.

Survivors include wife, Betty Denley; children, Donna Denley Amos and husband John, Joe Trence Denley, Bruce Wayne Denley and wife Tina, Lisa Smith, Michael “Mikey” Wightman and wife Shelly, and Joey Wightman; sister, Dorothy Derrick; brother, Robert Lee Denley and wife Paula; grandchildren, Blake Denley and wife Sara, Tara Denley, Nicole Denley, Brandon Denley, Jonci Amos, Josh Amos, Bryanna Weems, Kayla Rayborn, Ben Wightman, Destiny Wightman, Jordan Wightman, and Tyler Smith; great-grandchild, Samuel Maddox Denley; nieces and nephews, Angela Howell, James M. Howell, Glenda Coats, and Larry Coats; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Bam, Lali, and Jake Howell.


  • Betty Denley, Wife
  • Donna Amos and husband John, Daughter
  • Joe Trence Denley, Son
  • Bruce Denley and wife Tina, Son
  • Lisa Smith, Daughter
  • Michael Wightman and wife Shelly, Son
  • Joey Wightman, Son
  • Dorothy Derrick, Sister
  • Robert Denley and wife Paula, Brother
  • Blake Denley and wife Sara, Grandchild
  • Tara Denley, Grandchild
  • Nicole Denley, Grandchild
  • Brandon Denley, Grandchild
  • Jonci Amos, Grandchild
  • Josh Amos, Grandchild
  • Bryanna Weems, Grandchild
  • Kayla Rayborn, Grandchild
  • Ben Wightman, Grandchild
  • Destiny Wightman, Grandchild
  • Jordan Wightman, Grandchild
  • Tyler Smith, Grandchild
  • Samuel Denley, Great Grandchild
  • Nieces and Nephews: Angela Howell, James Howell, Glenda & Larry Coates
    Great Nieces & Nephews: Bam, Lali & Jake Howell


  • Visitation Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 4, 2019


Joe T. Denley

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Kenny Dennis

November 4, 2019

Our deepest sympathies, on the loss of your loved one. Joe was special! He had a quick wit about him that always had those around him smiling. He will be missed. May God give you comfort, in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Elaine Hinton

November 3, 2019

What a blessing it was, to have known such a great man! You will be deeply missed!! Fly high with the angels Joe! Prayers for peace and strength to the Denley family! Many great memories will forever be in our hearts! Love, Elaine Hinton

Lisa Smith

November 2, 2019

He tricked me into eating rattlesnake told me it was chicken