Joseph "Joe" Luther Ralston

July 25, 1925August 1, 2018

In loving memory of Joseph "Joe" Luther Ralston, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the age of 93. Joe was the beloved husband of Barbara Ralston, who preceded him in death. Joe is survived by his two loving sons, Eric and Steven Ralston, five adoring grandchildren, John, Steven, Brenna, Michael and Hunter Ralston, and by his cherished great-grandson‚Äč, Bryce Ralston.

Joe was born July 25, 1925 in Asheville, NC. Leaving home at an early age, Joe trained at the United States Coast Guard Academy, eventually serving in the United States Merchant Marines during the later stage of the second World War. After the war, Joe found himself in Hawaii working as a journalist for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. Following his stint as a journalist, Joe made his way stateside where he eventually met his beloved wife, Barbara.

Always the enterprising entrepreneur, throughout his remaining rich years Joe established and managed several successful businesses, including Pit Stop and Pump & Tank. Among his last business ventures was the operation of a parking garage in downtown Richmond. Everyone in and around the garage knew and loved Joe Ralston - he was just that kind of bright spirit.

Joe Ralston possessed immense faith, and his values focused clearly and always on God, family and country. He was a man of honor, and those who knew him agree that Joe was also generous to a fault.

A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23238.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Insight Outdoor Ministry at New Bridge Baptist Church in Sandston, VA.


  • Graveside Service Monday, August 6, 2018

Joseph "Joe" Luther Ralston

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Tricia Wright

August 9, 2018

Joe participated in the exercise class I teach at the Chickahominy YMCA. He was a bright spot in everyone's day when he walked in with a twinkle in his eyes and a big smile on his face; you never new what was coming next from him! He was so supportive and encouraged others in class to be their best, whatever might come their way.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Joe wrote poetry when he presented me with a poem he wrote about his "teacher" (that's what he called me)! His sense of humor shines through in the words, and it will always bring a smile to my face and fond memories of Joe.

My condolences to Joe's family and many friends, and I speak on behalf of the Chickahominy Y exercise class, as well. May you seek and find comfort in the Lord.

Tricia Wright

Penny Ely

August 5, 2018

Uncle Joe and Aunt Barbara were always an important part of my life. I loved going to visit, and even lived with them a short time. Joes taught me how to drive, which took a lot of patience. He was generous, encouraging, and a big part of those young years. He will be greatly missed.

Sharon Eney

August 5, 2018

I will always carry with me the happy memories of spending childhood summers with Uncle Joe & Aunt Barbara, & Eric & Steve. Joe had such tremendous energy & loved to go, go, go! We could always count on him to take us swimming at Moore's Lake, for ice cream, or playing board games. Funny how these memories stick with you for your entire life! He & Barbara were always there for me throughout my life with generousity, & kindness, & love. He will be missed!