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Joseph E. Mereness

April 30, 1948 ~ July 19, 2021 (age 73)

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Joseph E. Mereness, 73, of Morehead City, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Carteret Health Care.

Joseph was born on April 30, 1948, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to the late William and Cora Joslyn Mereness. He was a graduate of Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina and honorably served his country in the United States Coast Guard for 4 years.

In his early adult years, he loved to surf, ride his bike and he always enjoyed rock music. As a skilled craftsman, Joseph worked most of his life in carpentry. He was a proud member and officer of the 1710 Morehead City and Beaufort Elks Lodge where he enjoyed friendships with fellow members. Joseph was also active in local Veteran events.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel “Sam” Mereness of the home; daughter, Joslyn Mereness of Miami, Florida; sons, William Brooks Mereness (Kerri) of Florida, Rickie Erb (Tracy) and Robbie Erb (Linda), all of Jacksonville, Florida; sisters, Lindi Mereness of Paonia, Colorado and Anne Strupp (Brian) of Rutherford, North Carolina; grandchildren, Emily, Tyler, Abigail, Lexi, Noah, Brooke and Jacob; great-grandchild, Zoe; nieces and nephews, Basel, Jonas, Stan, Ben ad Joslyn; and special furry friend, Belle.

His memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, July 23rd, at First Presbyterian Church in Morehead City, officiated by Rev. Tim Havlicek.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PAWS of Carteret County, 5042 Mattie St., Morehead City, NC 28557.

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

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Memorial Service
July 23, 2021

4:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church
1604 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC 28557


P.A.W.S. (Pet Adoption & Welfare Society)
5042 Mattie Street, Morehead City NC 28557
Tel: 1-252-241-9408

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