Joseph Avery

January 8, 1970 - January 2, 2020
Joseph Avery


Joseph Abraham Avery, “Joe” passed on January 02, 2020 at 9:55pm while in the arms of his wife & sister, after a long but courageous and brave battle with cancer. He was surrounded with love from his closest friends and family during the last few weeks of his life.

Joe was born on January 08, 1970 in Wilmington, NC to Jeaneth & Joseph Avery. Throughout his entire life he was a beautiful soul with a generous heart full of unconditional love. Joe greeted everyone with a sincere smile that lit up everything and everyone around him. He loved life and persevered while remaining humble, honest & kind. He brought out the best in everyone who was blessed enough to know him. Joe was a loving husband and dedicated father. He was the best “band-mate” to his big sister throughout their life. He was everything that you could have needed from a son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, friend, boss-man, co-worker and any other title that he carried. He loved his family and friends unconditionally and unapologetically, with his whole heart. Joe worked passionately to grow his business, Avery Custom Masonry, from a solid foundation. He was able to turn laying bricks & stone into true works of art. Through his dedication and servant leadership, he built a second family within the construction business. He had high standards for himself and was a true man of integrity. Joe was and will always be all of the things that we strive to be. While his time on Earth was short, he will live within us and through the love that he gave and many lives that he changed.

Joe was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elizabeth Lea Avery (Kenneth Blizzard) & John Paul Avery of Wilmington, NC and Abraham & Amada Kattan of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He is survived by his mother Jeaneth Kattan Rivenbark (Paul, deceased), father Joseph Ramon Avery, wife & soul mate Laura Hope Avery, daughters Mindy Dawn (Jordan), Brianna Lanee, Alyssa Marie, Vanessa Starr & Julia Grace, grandchildren Elijah, Levi, Natalie & Kaison, sister Maria Avery Casey (Thurman), niece Elizabeth (Brittany), “Mother”-in-law Debbie Swartz (Lou), “Sister”-in-law Brittany Addison (Evan), niece & nephew Brayden & Ella, many other in-laws as well as nieces & nephews, “brother” and life-long friend Jay Willoughby (Sharon), his most faithful companion and fur-son Jedi, fur-grandpups Dobby & Rufus, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, beloved friends, dedicated masonry crew members and extended family of Avery Custom Masonry.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial and Celebration of Life gathering on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 3:30pm at Farm 53 located at 7851 Highway 53 East, Burgaw NC.

Share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Condolences” tab.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.


Purchase Flowers

Tribute Wall

Please feel free to sign the guestbook or share a memory



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • January 07, 2020
    Don and Lucinda Wittich says:
    We are sorry for your loss. We will keep all your family members in our prayers.

  • January 09, 2020
    Sharon Nobles says:
    "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller I am so very sorry for the loss of Joe. He was a special person, one I was honored to call friend. I will miss his bright eyes and smile but carry the joy of that memory with me. Prayers for comfort, peace and understanding.

  • January 08, 2020
    Esmin & Sindy Kattan says:
    We are extremely sorry to hear about your loss. He has definitely left an indelible impact. Little Joe forever in our ♥️ hearts. Accept our deepest condolences. R.I. P.

  • January 07, 2020
    Heather says:
    What a beautiful tribute. I am so sorry for this great loss. Grief is just love with nowhere to go. Love and thinking of you all.

  • January 07, 2020
    LaTisha Rich says:
    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the family.