Joseph Cecil Terry

April 10, 1940January 11, 2021
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Joseph Cecil Terry, 80, passed away on January 11, 2021 after a multi-year stretch of declining health. Born on April 10, 1940 in Wake County; he was the son of the late Julian Carr Terry and Mary Chappell Terry.

In his early life, “Joe”, worked hard to ensure his family was provided for. He began a career with the State of North Carolina at just 16 years old and later retired with 30 years of service. He focused on family and made time to teach his children all of life’s important lessons. He cared for his late wife, Loretta, until her passing in 1997.

During his years of work, Joe made friends with all he met. He never met a stranger and was known for his outgoing personality and truthful nature. Retiring at the early age of 46, Joe was able to put focus on family and enjoying his many hobbies. He was a long-time member of the Six Forks Fire and Rescue Squad and completed multiple stents of service as Chief. A member of the Masonic Lodge 745, Joe was always quick to help anyone in need.

He married Donnis Allen in August of 1998 and the two lived in Benson throughout their marriage. They were members of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Benson, NC, and loved their church family dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Donnis Maples Allen of Benson; by his sons, Marty Terry and wife Dawne of Raleigh, Jarrett Terry of Benson; Grandchildren: Curtis Heinsohn and wife Shannon of Raleigh, Jayde Terry of Raleigh, Ashlyn Beasley and husband Trevor of Cary, Jansen Terry of Sanford, Jake Terry of Raleigh; one great-granddaughter, Madeline McDonald of Raleigh, as well as siblings Wallace Terry of Raleigh and Becky Smith of Cleveland, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Lorretta Terry in 1997, and by siblings Clyde, Dorothy, William, and Frank.

Joe will forever be remembered for his infectious laugh, kind smile, and witty sense of humor. Pangs of sadness are felt today, but we rejoice knowing that he is celebrating a reunion with his wife and family gone before while in the presence of our Savior. Joe loved Jesus, so we find peace knowing that he is no longer in pain and can rest eternally until we are together again.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 2 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family and closest friends are encouraged to attend. Due to current safety recommendations, the chapel seating will be limited to 50. All are welcome virtually with live streaming to begin at 1:55 pm through the Facebook Page of Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park. Additionally, all are welcome to attend interment at Raleigh Memorial Park immediately following the service.

Flowers are appreciated, however memorial contributions to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford in Joe’s name are welcomed.

If you would like to leave a message of condolence to the family, you may do so below within "add a memory".


19 January

Funeral Service for Family

2:00 pm

Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel

7209 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612

All are welcomed to attend virtually through the Live Stream Option


Joseph Cecil Terry

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sarah tart

January 18, 2021

Joe Terry was my Uncle. He married my Father's sister; Loretta , he often referred to me as, Little Loretta. He always had Juicy Fruit chewing gum in his shirt pocket. He would invite me to take a stick out of his pocket while asking me how I was doing. Our families enjoyed countless days boating, skiing, fishing, and camping together. During my college years, Uncle Joe would take me to dinner when he was in Wilmington. I always choose the same place,
and never suggested otherwise. With the help of Marty and Jarrett , he pulled me through one of the most difficult times in my life.
My life is better because of his love, caring, and guidance.
Forever grateful for his love,
Little Loretta /Sarah

Robert & Bess Parham

January 18, 2021

It was always a joy to see and just be around Joe for us. Even in the tough times, the “light” was always in Joe. We too shall miss him until our time of great reunion. Although we are unable to be with you physically on Tuesday, we are with you always in spirit. A verse that always comes to mind at these times for us is....Romans 14:8. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord." Peace and comfort today, and we hope to see you soon. Robbie & Bess

Brooks Pearce

January 18, 2021

I am really sorry to hear of Joe's passing , I worked with him at NC DOT in Raleigh.
Joe was always a good friend to me and we had some good times.
He and his son Jarrett use to come out and go fishing with me sometimes .
He and Ms. Loretta invited my wife and me to go to the lake to ski one year, I had never skied before and Joe really wanted me to learn how. I think I drank about half of Kerr Lake that day lol After lots of coaching from Joe I was finally able to get up and ski a short distance without falling and Joe finally let me back in the boat. Rest in Peace old friend you hold a special place in my heart , Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Bill Stephenson

January 17, 2021

Jarrett & Marty some of my earliest memories of Six Forks FD involved both of our fathers at the station doing firefighter stuff eating a pack of nabs chasing them with a Pepsi-cola and telling a few tall tails , the greatest thing about Joe is he always had a smile on his face with a warm greeting, he was so humble yet a strong gentleman never a complainer just a genuine good guy . There are few guys I have named Six Forks legends , Joe is on this very short distinctive list . R I P Joe Terry all is good now you and your family can be at peace .

Aaron Bass

January 17, 2021

RIP Mr Terry. Make sure to tell my dad hello up there in heaven sir.

W.H Hamilton

January 17, 2021

Joe was a very good friend and Masonic brother. His wife (Donnise ) said we were more like real brothers . I will miss him until we meet again in HEAVEN.

Larry Overby

January 17, 2021

Joe was a Masonic brother and friend in Vandora Lodge 745. He worked tirelessly to benefit the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and Whitestone Home for the Elderly. He has now laid down his working tools and enjoys the fruits of his labor in that house not made by hand, eternal in the heavens. Brother Joe will be missed by many. My condolences to his family.

Larry Overby, PM

Gregory Honeycutt

January 16, 2021

It has been a pleasure to have Joe and Donnis in our church family the last few years. Mama and I were sorry to hear of Joe's recent health struggles and his passing. We pray that God will grant his peace and comfort to Donnis and all the family now and in the days ahead.

Debbie Oakley

January 16, 2021

To loving family of joe terry. A wonderful man he was growing up w Wallace Terry two girls. Our prayers and love with you during this time. RIP w your wonderful brother and sister dorthy and Wayne Brown. Debbie Thompson oakley

Becky Smith

January 16, 2021

Joe was so good and helpful to me growing up and I am so thankful he was my brother and I will miss him terribly. He was kind and good to everyone and Ed and I enjoyed the many times we spent with him, Loretta and Donnis.
Rest in Peace, Joe.