Joseph Asa Shrewsbury

May 17, 1934 - August 30, 2015
Joseph Asa Shrewsbury

Joseph Asa Shrewsbury, age 81 of Harrells, NC and formerly of Wilmington passed away Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Joe was born in Alabama on May 17, 1934 to Thomas and Ethel Shrewsbury. He was raised in Memphis Tennessee and later joined the Marine Corps and was stationed in Camp LeJeune. He met Bea while on leave in Wilmington, who became his wife for over 61 years.

Joe was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps serving in the Korean War. He was in sales most of his working life and most recently owned and operated The Nautical Shipwreck, in downtown Wilmington until his retirement.

Joe never met a stranger and would fellowship and talk with anyone about any subject, always having a story or a joke to tell. He was very creative and always had a special project going on.

He is survived by his wife, soul-mate, and caregiver for over 61 years, Beatrice Reaves Shrewsbury; two daughters, Sherry Little and husband Donald, and Teresa Livingston and husband Jon “Doc”; four grandchildren, Domisty (Lee), Raymond, Jundy, and Ariel; four great grandchildren, Rosty, Charlie, Luke, and Macy Jane; two brothers, Bill and John Shrewsbury; two sisters, Doris Childress and Esther Parnell; and his dog and constant companion, “Gus”.

Memorial service will be held 11 am Friday, September 4, 2015 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation, 710 Market St., Suite 45, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 www.supercooperswagon.org, or a pet rescue of your choice.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • September 01, 2015
    Marie & Randy Faulk says:
    We send you our love and prayers during this time and in the weeks to come. Love, Marie & Randy

  • September 01, 2015
    Kenny Chinn says:
    Sherry, I am very sorry for the passing of your dad. We know he is in heaven and we will see him again one day. My prayers are with you, Donald, and Domisty during this time. If I can do anything for you, I am ready at a moments notice.

  • September 02, 2015
    Margaret McKoy says:
    My heart aches for your loss. Take comfort in knowing your dad is in the arms of Jesus--and you will see him again! Love & prayers for your whole family. Margaret

  • September 02, 2015
    Bunni B Menius says:
    Dear Bea & Family, We sincerely send our love & condolences upon Joe's passing. We are happy that he now resides in our Father's heavenly abode, where there is no more pain or distress. He fought valiantly through his illness just as a soldier would. We pray for God's peace, comfort & love to be with you in the coming days. May you be comforted with happy memories that you each shared, in different ways, of your precious Joe. Love, Alan & Bunni Menius & Family

  • September 02, 2015
    Sheryl says:
    Sherry, I am so sorry about your dad. Growing up, I remember visiting you and your dad always had something funny to say. He was a very special man; God and all of the angels are celebrating his arrival. I pray your happy memories comfort you and your family. Sending you my heartfelt sympathy and love. Love, Sheryl.