Joseph L. (Joe) McCullough, 71, of Slidell, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after courageously battling cancer for seven months.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on his birthday, Friday, July 5 at the First Baptist Church of Slidell. Coker Funeral Home of Sanger is in charge of arrangements.
Joe was born July 5, 1942, in Kittanning, Pa. to O.J. McCullough and Naomi (Bell) Christy. Joe served in the U.S. Army 1959-63, then married Theresa A. Heath March 21, 1964.
He worked as a truck driver for 40 years and stayed in the trucking industry when he went to work for Kenosha – now Active, USA – delivering semi-trucks. He and his wife eventually relocated to Slidell, where he became a longtime, respected resident and friend of the community.
Joe worked for Kenosha for 28 years and retired when he was 62.
Joe was a man of few words, but he made every word count. He believed a handshake was as good as gold, and if you happened to glimpse his face when talking about his family, you saw that twinkle in his eye and you knew he loved them.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa McCullough of Slidell; children Joseph McCullough, Jr. of Muskogee, Okla., Kardi McCullough and husband, Barry, of Overland Park, Kan., Anthony McCullough and wife, Gina, of Slidell, and Mary McCullough and husband, Paul, of Denton; grandchildren Cody McCullough, Derek McCullough, Jennifer McCullough, Kyle Conley, Hannah Conley, Rachel Conley, Samuel McCullough, Alex McCullough, Madison McCullough, Nolan McCullough, Justin Lopez, Elizabeth Lopez and Marissa Lopez; great-granddaughter Alexandria; and sister Caroline Souldworth of Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and a sister.