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Joseph "Joe" Warren McGirk

July 17, 1948 ~ November 2, 2019 (age 71)

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Joseph “Joe” Warren McGirk, 71, of Sea Level, passed on to meet our Lord on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at home with his beloved cat Thelma by his side.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Sea Level United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Nelson Koonce.  Family will meet with friends one hour before the service at the church.  A private burial will be held at the cemetery at a later date. 

Joe was a veteran during the Vietnam War era, having served in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS Mississinewa (AO-144).  He was born and raised in Alexandria, VA and after his tour of duty in the Navy, he moved to New York City for 20 years before moving to North Carolina in 1997.  In his professional career, he worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 22 years.  He retired in 2011 from PPD, Inc. (Pharmaceutical Product Development) after 12 years of employment making his home in Sea Level.

Joe is a member of the Sea Level United Methodist Church in Sea Level serving on several church committees as well as Lay Servant.

Joe is survived by his aunts Kathryn Willis Taylor of Sea Level and Barbara Hill Taylor of Morehead City; cousins Lura Taylor, Michael Taylor and Mitchell Taylor and his wife Linda of Sea Level; Angela Best of Straits; Kay Tosto and husband Jim of Williston; Tracy Wade and husband Arnold of Smyrna; Julia Nelson and her husband Todd of Morehead City; Alvah Taylor “Bud” Simmons and his wife Nina of Florence, SC; Harry Simmons, Jr. of Henderson, NC; Paula McGirk Pratola of Connecticut; Dick McGirk and his wife Sue of Texas; Rodney Blake Taylor of Palisades, CA and Bradford Taylor of Burton, SC;  Godson Connor Fitzpatrick of Connecticut; special friends Robert Wells of Missouri and Renee Spiazzi-Fitzpatrick of Connecticut and friends.

Joe is preceded in death by his mother and father Clyde and Clara Belle McGirk of Sea Level.

The family will receive friends at Joe’s Aunt Kathryn’s home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sea Level United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 170, Sea Level, NC 28577, Sea Level Rescue, 647 Highway 70, Sea Level, NC 28577, or the Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue of North Carolina, 1550 Lennoxville Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516.

The family would like to thank Munden Funeral Home, Sea Level Rescue, Carteret Sheriff Department, Carteret Animal Control and Austin Veterinary for their professionalism and public service.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory, Morehead City, NC.


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November 9, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sea Level United Methodist Church
422 Nelson Neck Rd.
Sea Level, NC 28577

Memorial Service
November 9, 2019

11:00 AM
Sea Level United Methodist Church
422 Nelson Neck Rd.
Sea Level, NC 28577


Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue (AVOR)
1550 Lennoxville Rd., Beaufort NC 28516
Tel: 1-252-838-9028

Please reference “for creatures great and small” on your contribution.

Sea Level United Methodist Church
Post Office Box 170, Sea Level NC 28577

Sea Level Rescue
647 Highway 70, Sea Level NC 28577
Tel: 1-252-225-7721

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