Joseph Ivy Tuesday, May 29, 1928 - Sunday, May 21, 2017
Joseph Ivy was born May 29, 1928 in Cairo,Illinois. He was the fifth child of fifteen children born to the union of Prince Sr. and Bessie Terrell Ivy. Joseph received his formal education through the Cairo, Illinois public school system. He was a 1946 graduate of Sumner High School. While he was attending high school, he was called the fastest track person in his school and surrounding schools. During the 1945 Illinois State Track meet he won the individual medalist in the 440-yard dash as well as many other trophies for Sumner High School “Red Devils”. After high school, he attended junior college and on July 6, 1946 he entered the United States Army. There he continued his track career and was a member of the U.S. Army AGFPC Track and Field Team that competed in many inter-command championships in Tokyo. While in the military he earned the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1948. Joseph married Ruth E. Gaddy on September 9, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois. From this union five daughters were born. Joseph relocated his family from Chicago, Illinois to Topeka on April 4, 1968. He united with Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in June of 1968 where he later was a Deacon in training under the leadership of Dr. W.L. Templeton. Joseph worked for the United States Postal Service – Postal Supply Depot as a forklift driver until he retired. He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed fishing and fixing on cars. During the 1980’s he was also co-owner of the former Mid-American Aviation along with James Bolden, Richard Wayne and Henry Austin. Joseph received his reward of eternal rest on May 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, parents, Prince Sr. and Bessie Terrall, one granddaughter, Tameka L. Ivy, and eleven brothers and sisters. Joseph leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Linda (Don) Perkins, Diane Bowen, Audrey Ivy, Terry Hurt and Cassie Ivy; 12 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 22 great great-grandchildren; five sisters, Deloris Ivy-Hunt of Cairo, Illinois, Shirley (Maurice) Jordan of Future City, Illinois, Ann Jones of Cairo, Illinois, Velma Ivy-Brown of Washington, DC and Cheryl (Darryl) Houston of Mounds, Illinois; one very special lifelong friend, L.C. Cole of St. Augustine, Florida and a great host of nieces, nephews and cousins that loved him dearly. A visitation and service will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Bowser-Johnson Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 4700 SW 17th Street, Topeka, Kansas.