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Joe Currie Stringer

Joe Currie Stringer, 85, of Laurel, Mississippi, died Monday, January 11, 2021 in Laurel, Mississippi. He was born Wednesday, May 22, 1935 in Taylorsville, Mississippi.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel, Mississippi. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel and burial will follow in Sunset Gardens Cemetery. Rev. Gerald Sawyer and Rev. James Hodge will officiate. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel is in charge of arrangements. (601) 649-3342

Joe served in the US Navy during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956 aboard the USS Philippine Sea CVA47 Aircraft Carrier. He achieved Boatswain Mate 3rd Class. He earned 2 Bronze Stars and was recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation. Original owner of Stringer Seafood Market, founder of Bosun Joe’s Catfish and Seafood Restaurant, which was a family owed entity with his late wife Shirley and their 6 daughters. Joe served as President of the MS Restaurant Association 1983 and awarded Restauranter of the Year State of MS 1984. While he was involved with the restaurant association, he initiated the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” standard. He traveled across the US presenting seminars on Hotel and Restaurant Management. Founder of Catfish One with his wife Deborah. Active member of United Pentecostal Church of Antioch. He has served in many positions in the Pentecostal Church over the past 45 years. He always put God, Family, and church first in his life. He loved people and always had a story to share with his many, many friends. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed Taylorsville and Ole Miss football, loved writing songs and the Grand Ole Opry. He wrote poetry that all his family enjoyed, and he enjoyed deer hunting.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jett Taylor Stringer, mother, Susie Stella Green, late spouse, Shirley Ann Stringer, brother, Ray Stringer, sister, Clytee Ainsworth, sister-in-law, Donna Lee Stringer, daughters, Brenda Hagan, JoAnna Welborn, son-in-law, Gerald Hagan.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Deborah P. Stringer, daughters, Teresa Robertson (Mike), Debbie Flynt (Phil), Lisa Coker (Bo), Donna Williams (Phil), Cindi Bedwell (Jason), grandchildren, Joe Michael Robertson (Jennifer), Chuck Robertson, Jonathan Robertson (Holly), Jared Hagan, Ryan Hagan (Leigha), Erin Bilbo (Sam), Chase Wildman (Kayla), Brooke Wildman, Dalton Welch, Joe Williams, Micah Williams, Dustin Sellers, Jade Pitts (Ethan), Emily Bedwell, Bryce Bedwell, 20 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Joe Michael Robertson, Chuck Robertson, Jonathan Robertson, Chase Wildman, Dalton Welch, Joe Williams, Micah Williams, Jared Hagan, Ryan Hagan, Dustin Sellers and Bryce Bedwell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike (Skeeter) Robertson, Phil Flynt, James (Bo) Coker, Phil Williams, Jason Bedwell, Will Sellers.

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Joe Currie Stringer
May 22, 1935 - January 11, 2021




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