H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel

173 Allen Road Ne, Sandy Springs, GA


Joseph Howard Spann

March 26, 1933January 11, 2020

Joseph H. Spann, 86 of Dunwoody, died January 11, 2020. Mr. Spann retired from Bellsouth as a telecommunications executive and international consultant. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marion Spann; daughter, Susan Spann; sons, Joseph H. Spann, Jr. (Claire), Rick Spann (Evelyn); grandchildren, Ian and Sophie Harkins, Lucille Asbury (Thomas), Joseph H. Spann, III (Diana), Rita Spann, Clayton Spann (Taylor), Veronica Spann, Allison Spann. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, St. Vincent de Paul Society at Saint Jude Catholic Church or the Sarcoma Foundation of America. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. A Memorial Mass with a reception following the Mass will be Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 7171 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Interment will be at Arlington Memorial Park at 2:00p.m.


  • He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marion Spann; daughter, Susan Spann; sons, Joseph H. Spann, Jr. (Claire), Rick Spann (Evelyn); grandchildren, Ian and Sophie Harkins, Lucille Asbury (Thomas), Joseph H. Spann, III (Diana), Rita Spann, Clayton Spann (Taylor), Veronica Spann, Allison Spann.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Prayer Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Memorial Mass Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Reception Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Commital Service Friday, January 17, 2020


Joseph Howard Spann

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Tony and Erin Mowrer

January 17, 2020

Joe will be sorely missed. In an age where too many forget to be good neighbors and simply kind, Joe always was. We have been neighbors for over 20 years and he was the BEST neighbor. His visitation service last night was a true testament of the life he lived and man he was. I’ve always heard, listen to what a man’s family has to say about him to learn the life he’s lived. He was an amazing man and his children gave great testament to that. Rest In Peace Joe. We’ll miss you.

Carolyn Neal

January 15, 2020

My heart goes out to Marion and family. They raised wonderful children and grandchildren who have the most amazing lives.

I miss Joe's Facebook conservative posts. I always commented or liked .

Love to all

Barry Radulski

January 14, 2020

Joe Spann was the best neighbor & friend you could have, or ever ask for; so giving and always there to help. We worked together on many home 'fix-it' projects (he helping me more than the reverse), as well as on neighborhood projects together. Such a wealth of knowledge with a willingness to help & contribute his time; he was the best & will be sorely missed!

Ryals Cheek

January 14, 2020

He was a man who did things the RIGHT way, not the easy way...an example for all of us to strive towards, but never surpass. They broke the mold...

Joseph Spann III

January 13, 2020

My Grandpa was more than a man.

He was a super hero wearing cape he always forgot to bring with him when he visited me in Alaska from Georgia. He always told me he was flying next to the plane when I flew as a child from Anchorage to Atlanta, and back again in a few short weeks. Grandma always knew we were okay because he had it covered. I still love flying because of him. Every time I'm in the air, I know he's with me.

He was an unstoppable force of will, and vision. He never faltered. When I got tired after hours of hauling wheelbarrows full of gravel for our shed in North Pole, I looked to him; a 70+ year old who refused to stop until the job was done, and the promise was fulfilled. We finished, together. Afterwards he bought me an "I-Scream" from the local McDonald's. The next day we continued, because it's what we agreed to. No expected windfall aside from a job well done which was enough. He knew, and I know now, a job well done speaks for itself.

He wasn't born rich, but he left this world with riches beyond imagine. He has passed on wisdom through words and actions that you could write books about. He has been there, good or bad, for anyone in need that he could help. He raised my Dad (JS II), Aunt, and Uncle who are each role models themselves and continue to spread his positivity and motivation wherever they go. His family, friends, and uncounted thousands he's touched through examples, mentorships, advice, and volunteer work will all remember him and the lessons he demonstrated for generations.

My grandfather not only shaped who I am, but has helped demonstrate what it means to be a husband, and partner. My grandparents, and parents, serve as an inspiration and role models for what a healthy marriage looks like. It's a partnership for life and embracing that is key. There are highs and lows but the best part about a partner is you ride them out together. I love you Diana Spann.

Grandpa you're more than missed. I'm out of space but I love you.