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Joe David Cress, 87, of Concord, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
A celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the chapel of Gordon Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Kevin McCormac officiating. The Cress family will receive friends there beginning at noon. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
A Cabarrus County native, Joe was born Jan. 29, 1931, to the late Jay L. Cress and Cora Walker Cress. A proud veteran, Joe served his country in the U.S. Navy. His career was as a United States Postal Service rural mail carrier, and for 60 years he also worked at the Rimertown Livestock Barn. A farmer at heart, he never grew tired of working the land and tending animals. Equally dedicated to community service, Joe was a long-time board member of both the Cold Water Fire Department and the Farm Bureau.
Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geraldene Cochran Cress of the home; three sons, David Cress (Kathryn), Bruce Cress (Debbie) and Mike Cress (Lelani); seven grandchildren, Rebecca Moss, Josh Cress, Joseph Cress, Anna Cress, Kailia Byrd, Jesika Hill and Viktoria DeJesus; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Cress (Jane); nephew Brad Cress; and niece, Lauren Hill.
Contributions in Joe’s memory may be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 100 St. John’s Church Rd., Concord, NC 28025
Mrs. Cress, David, Mike, and Bruce, my deepest condolences to you and your families. I know this is a hard time for you all. I wish I could be there for you in person, but I have been out of town since the first of the week. Again I will keep you in prayer and may God be with you all during this hard time and the days to come. Sincerely, Jeff Russell
Jeff Russell Nov 16 2018 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family. His word was always good.
Wayne Cook Nov 16 2018 12:00 AM
Will miss my Hardees buddy. Allen
Allen McDonald Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM
Joseph my deepest condolences to you an your family
JOAN tyner Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM
I am sorry for the sadness you are feeling at this time. You are being comforted by God's Hand as I and many has prayed for the healing through your mourning process. Rejoice as you know heaven awaits him and the ones that has accepted Christ Jesus as their Savior. Spend this time to grow stronger bond with your family and friends with God's presence knowing any void is filled with God's Love.
Robbie Evans Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM
Sometimes there are not words that can truly express the pain that we feel when someone so special leaves us. It is then we are reminded that our Heavenly Father always hears the cries of our heart and is always ready to extend us his loving care and comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:2,3. May you always feel his presence and peace as we await the day that we embrace our loved ones again. John 6:40. Remembering Joe always in our heart. Extending our deepest condolences to the family.
The Allen Family Nov 15 2018 12:00 AM
May the Peace of God that passes all understanding be with you all, in Jesus' name.
Terry M Frick Nov 14 2018 12:00 AM
Joseph, David and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you will continually remember the great memories made with your daddy/granddaddy during his precious life here on earth. He will be missed but not forgotten, he will continue to live on in all of you. May the Lord wrap his arms of love and comfort around each of you always.
Becky Weaver Nov 14 2018 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Joe Cress
Becky Weaver Nov 14 2018 12:00 AM
I use to work with David and Joseph at NCDA and I just want to say I am so sorry for your loss and that I am praying for you all during this time. I always loved when I worked with Joseph and he would always talk about his granddaddy and the cows. He really seem like he was a very loving and caring man.
Tina Shook Nov 14 2018 12:00 AM