Joseph E. Marler

July 7, 1932April 28, 2021

On Wednesday night, April 28, 2021, at the age of 88, Joseph Earl Marler passed away at his home in Rex, Georgia, surrounded by loved ones. After fighting his battle with cancer for 8 months he entered Heaven’s gates and received his Heavenly body.

Mr. Marler was born in Anniston, Alabama, on July 7, 1932 to Joseph Earl Marler, Sr., and Essie Chastain Marler. Mr. Marler is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joyce Wood Marler; daughter, Vicky (Larry) Bryant of Lithonia, Georgia; son, Dyke Marler (Paula) of Dunedin, Florida; 3 grandsons, Erik Bryant (Courtney) of Lynchburg, Virginia, Joseph Bryant (Michael Blount) of Wesley Chapel, Florida and Chris Marler of Atlanta, Georgia and 5 great-grandchildren, Valencia, Erik, Jr., Jacovy, Dylan, and Aegon. Mr. Marler is also survived by brothers, Oscar Lawrence (Patsy) Marler and Major Wayne Marler of Anniston, Alabama.

Mr. Marler was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Marler and sisters, Shirley Lewis, Joyce Beard, Mary Jo Canter, and Sarah Chandler.

Mr. Marler moved from Anniston, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for S&H (Sperry & Hutchinson) Green Stamps. His hobbies included sports. He coached his son Dyke’s baseball teams for many seasons winning trophies and championships. He went from coaching to umpiring Little League and adult ball games for 30 years. Mr. Marler had a talent for seeing the potential in players and encouraged them to succeed. He was also an armchair quarterback for the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) cheering them on his whole life.

The family would like to thank special family friends, Bob Morris and Bill and Helen Rhoades for their extensive help during Mr. Marler’s illness.

Special acknowledgement to Homestead Hospice Care (Chaplain Francis, Darryl, Steve, and Midge) and the Sacred Journey Hospice Team (Melissa, Stephanie, Candace, Barbara, and Billy) for their treatment and support.

A memorial service is not currently planned; however the family would appreciate your continued prayers during this time.

Cremation services coordinated by Horis A. Ward Funeral Home-Fairview Chapel.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Rima Bryant

May 3, 2021

So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful friend, man, husband and father he was. He will be missed by all who were privileged to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Bob Wilbanks

May 3, 2021

Sorry to here of Joe's passing, will be praying for the family. I worked with Joe over 25 years at S & H we had a lot of good time there. He will be missed.

Lisa Dunn

May 2, 2021

So very sorry for your loss . Your dad was always very kind . Hold your memories tight . Those you never loose
God bless you all.


May 2, 2021

so sorry for your loss .He was a great neighbor for 50 years. He always ask us we needed anything. He was a kind a considerate man. Will miss him .He is in heaven looking down at us. so if you need anything let us know the Davis family

Inez Pilgrim Garrett

May 2, 2021

Prayers to the family. So sorry for your loss.

Jesse Ivey

May 2, 2021

We’re very sorry for your loss. I remember him back in the day, always enjoyed talking with him at the Tab. Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time. It won’t be long till we’ll be going home. Love and prayers, Jesse and Diane

Diane Ivey

May 2, 2021

I’m sorry for your loss. He was a fine man and I know you miss him dearly. My condolences and prayers are with you Joyce, Vicky, and Dyke.

Jesse and Diane Ivey

Dyke Marler

April 30, 2021

I’ll tell you a story.
My Father was a baseball player, a coach and a fan. His favorite player was Ted Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox.
In Ted Williams last at bat of his career he hit a homerun into the bleachers in Fenway Park.
That day was September 28, 1960 - which is also the day I was born. I used to joke with my Dad that he lost his favorite ball player and got his new favorite ball player all in the same day. He would smile and nod his head.