Joseph Brooks Singleton

July 22, 1924 - March 1, 2019
Joseph Brooks Singleton


Joe Singleton age 94 of Wilmington, beloved father of Linda, Carol, and Sharon, was carried by Angels and was reunited with his wife Doris who was the love of his life for 68 years on Friday, March 1, 2019.

He was born in Honea Path, SC on July 22, 1924 to William Franklin Singleton and Olive Mulkey Singleton. He was raised and attended school in Rockingham, NC.

Joe never met a stranger and was loved by his devoted family and the many friends he was blessed to have in his life.

Joe retired after 38 years of service with General Motors. He was an avid golfer, a former member of Pine Valley CC and enjoyed the years spent in Wilmington and in Raleigh being with his family. Joe was a proud veteran of WW II. He entered the Army in 1943 as a tail gunner with the 572nd Bombardment Squadron, 391st Bombardment group and completed 72 missions in the European Offensive and was a part of the D-Day invasion in Normandy. He was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1946.

He is survived by his daughters, Linda Hemby (Larry), Carol Martin (Rick), and Sharon Sutton. Granddaughters, Dee Dee Cortese, Ryan Cozart (Jeremy), and Rachel Sutton, great grandchildren, Joseph Cozart, Roman Cortese and India Cortese. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter Rique Lynn Martin, also 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 6 pm Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel led by Rev. Mark Teachey.

The family would like to thank the staff at Trinity Grove for the loving care he received for the past month.

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  • March 03, 2019
    Roy Singleton says:
    Condolences to the immediate family. So sorry to hear about Uncle Joe. I'm so glad we got to spend some time with him last summer.

  • March 03, 2019
    Cindy North says:
    Mr. Singleton was a good "buddy" for many years after my dad retired to Wilmington.Together they shared stories, breakfasts, a love of golf, and a general sense of being part of the Greatest Generation. I last saw him when he attended our celebration for Dad's 91st birthday. I know my dad had lost a good friend, and the world has lost a fine gentleman. My sincere condolences to his daughters and their families.

  • March 06, 2019
    Danny & Ginger Holland says:
    Our sincere condolences to all of Joe's Daughters and their families. Ginger and I enjoyed the memories of going over to Doris and Joe's for Cook outs at their house in the years that he was in Raleigh. I also enjoyed the rounds of Golf we had and the laughs. I am truly sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a Gentle Giant and will always be remembered in our Hearts.

  • March 06, 2019
    Becky Hayes says:
    Carol and family. They don't make them any better than those Rockingham boys. Your Daddy was a good man. I will always remember his sweetness. Thinking of you today and always. Becky Hayes

  • March 06, 2019
    Nancy L Gunter says:
    Sharon, Carol and Linda I am so sorry for your loss. Your Daddy was one of the finest men I have known. I can remember how much he loved sweets. I remember when your mom baked me a carrot cake for my birthday and I asked your dad how the cake left the house and he did not get a piece. He said lots of tears LOL. You all were very Blessed to have such a Wonderful Daddy. The world lost one of the Best when he passed. Love and Prayers for you all.