Joseph Bryan Ferebee

Published 10:11 am Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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Joseph Bryan Ferebee, 86, of Stanley, died in his home, surrounded by his wife, Tiffany and family on Dec. 15, 2019.

He was born on Aug. 16, 1933, to William Flavius and Zella Ward Ferebee on a farm in Mocksville. He was the 10th of 11 children. After graduating from Oak Ridge Military Academy as the outstanding Cadet of the Year he went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering/construction option from N.C. State University in 1955.  Upon graduation, he worked for Nello Teer on the Massachusetts Turnpike and later was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, where he became a quadruple rated pilot, earning the privilege of flying the B-47 multi-engine aircraft in the Strategic Air Command. In 1958, having been honorably discharged, he went to work for Crowder Construction where he remained for 28 years in Charlotte. In 1985, he started his own company, Ferebee Corp., specializing in heavy highway construction, asphalt manufacturing, stone base and asphalt paving, recycling, underground utilities, concrete and grading operations. In recent years and a return to his roots, Joe and Tiffany have been enjoying their farm together.

Survivors: his wife of 61 years, Tiffany; sons, David and wife Karen, and Chris and wife Charlotte; 5 grandchildren, Collins Ferebee, Martha and husband Luke Habegger, Walker and wife Tattie Grace, Mary Kathryn and husband Blake Lozzi, Christopher and wife Jacque; 5 great-grandchildren, Luke Grayson, Holden David, Emery Ella, James Ephraim and Eleanor Joy; siblings, Maxine Pruett and Katherine Loudermilk; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.  The church is at 270 Pino Road, Mocksville. Following the service there will be a reception in the fellowship hall.

Memorials: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church; Davie Community Foundation, PO Box 546, Mocksville; and/or Hospice/Palliative Care Lincoln County, 900 Donita Dr., Lincolnton, 28092.