OBITUARY

Joseph Daniel Christian

April 4, 1916January 12, 2013
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Joseph Daniel Christian, 96 passed away on January 12, 2013. A native of Athens, GA, he attended the University of Georgia and was an avid GA Bulldogs fan. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise Christian. He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Sawyer, her husband, Doug; grandson Jamie Sawyer, his wife Jennifer; granddaughter Lauren Woodard, her husband Mark plus 8 great grandchildren. Joe retired from the Virginian-Pilot/Ledger-Star after 42 years as a Pressman. He was a past member of the Kempsville Volunteer Fire Department, AFL-CIO COPE, the Norfolk Union Labor Council, and served in many aspects related to labor and politics in the Tidewater area. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, January 19, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad. Friends may offer condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Kathryn Bradshaw

January 20, 2013

Sending lots of love to the Christian and Sawyer families during this difficult time. Grandaddy was a very special man and he meant so much to our whole family. He was like a third grandpa to my brother and I while growing up. I have so many wonderful memories of Joe, but I have especially vivid memories of riding in the backseat of his car for the first time (those of you who rode with Granddaddy know why I was thankful Lauren was riding in the front with him :) You are all in my heart and I send you all my love. Kathryn and the rest of the Bradshaw family.

Lauren Woodard

January 19, 2013

RIP Grandaddy...You will always be in our hearts. We gave it our all and you put up a good fight till the end. We have one last adventure together, your final trip home to Georgia. We love you!

Lauren Woodard

January 19, 2013

RIP Grandaddy... you will forever be in our hearts!! We gave it our all and didnt stop fighting till the end. I will miss you! Thank you for everything. Looking forward to one last adventure together, your final trip to Georgia. Love you!

Jamie Sawyer

January 17, 2013

Good bye Grandaddy! I will never forget all of the great times we had together. Spending time at Mack's garage working on the car and all of the great road trips to GA we took together to name just a few. Thanks for being such a great Grandad!

Susie Jellerson

January 16, 2013

I enjoyed sitting next to Joseph and enjoyed his company. He was a nice man.

Amy Smith

January 16, 2013

Joseph had a wide, beautiful smile. I enjoyed making him laugh. He will be missed.

Louise Sawyer

January 16, 2013

It is very hard to lose a parent. My prayers will be with you at this difficult time.

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