Joseph “Joe” Birdell Clewis

May 16, 1934 - August 25, 2013
Joseph “Joe” Birdell Clewis

Joseph Birdell Clewis, 79, of Leland, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter after a long illness.

Born in Columbus County, NC, he was a son of the late Isham King Clewis and Evelyn Nance Mills. He was retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation and worked for many years as a security officer. Mr. Clewis was a very active member of Community Chapel Baptist Church in Leland and always brought smiles to the faces of the children there by always providing them candy.

Surviving, are his faithful companion and sweetheart of 19 years, Joyce Midgett of the home; two sons, Jody Clewis (Denise) Lafayette, LA, Alvin Clewis of Winnabow; three daughters, Vickie Clewis Sparrow (Lindsey Smith) of Chesapeake, VA, Connie Barnhill (David), Vivian Powell (Gordon) all of Leland; twelve grandchildren, John, Bobby, Sandra, Kimberly, Sarah, Rachele, Danielle, Gabrielle, Wendy, Jerry, Michele, Brandi; and twenty great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit the family at the home of Connie and David Barnhill; 2509 Malmo Loop Road NE; Leland, NC 28451.

A memorial service will be 6 pm Wednesday at Community Chapel Baptist Church; 2419 Malmo Loop Road, NE; Leland, NC 28451 with Reverends Robert E. Lee and Horace Halls officiating.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their loving care for Joe, and requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation; 1414 Physicians Drive; Wilmington, NC 28401.

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


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  • August 27, 2013
    Phyllis Smith says:
    You all are in my prayers.. Mr. Joe will be dearly missed..

  • August 26, 2013
    Sarah Jenkins says:
    I love you Granddaddy! You are still a rock to me! I wish to remember you in your happiest days when you shared love and God with those around you! You always made my soul smile ...More than you or I ever realized! Love you. Heaven just gained a wonderful addition. You tell mom I said hi. I love and miss her with every breath. Love you very much, cant wait to see you again someday on the other side.

  • August 27, 2013
    jennifer matthew says:
    We going miss you alot here you make us happy when we are sad we love you an miss u

  • August 27, 2013
    Amber Ross says:
    Be strong and have faith. I love you all 2Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.