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Culotta, Joseph Anthony

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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Joe – loving husband, devoted father, and friend to all whose lives he touched.  The Lord called him home in a peaceful manner, on April 12, 2021 after a valiant 3 year battle with Alzheimers.

This gentle, loving, caring, and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and will be deeply missed by all.

Joey was born and raised in Newport News, VA, the oldest son of Geraldine and Joseph, both of whom preceded him in death.  He graduated Class of 1962 from Warwick High School. He was happiest on the ballfield and a lifelong Dodgers fan.  Joey spent the majority of his career at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA, retiring in 1992. He really went to work full time after retirement, when he took over managing Rocky Mount BBQ, until the time he and Janet sold it in 1999.  Once his true retirement started, he could be found on any patio watching his birds with a glass of sweet tea. Joe and Janet relocated to Texas in 2017 – same sweet tea, different patio.

In addition to his parents, Joe is preceded in death by his first wife Lucy (Pate) and brother Randy Culotta. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 36 years, Janet (Parker Culotta). Joe’s children; Troy, Jodi (Teresa), Christina, and Tina (Michael). In addition, his brothers Rick (Linda) and Kerry Lee (Teena).  He is also survived by (9) Grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members.

Family was the essence of Joe’s life.  He was proud and honored to be father, grandfather, papaw, and pop… a major presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He is the proud Pop to Shawn, Anthony, Zach, Josh, Michael, Emma, Mykyta, Aiden, and Jack.

From the family: a special thank you to all of our friends and extended family for all of their love and support. We cherish the moments we’ve had, the memories we keep, and the constant reminders of how he touched our lives.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Plano, TX from 11:00-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17th. The family gratefully declines flowers, but prayers, condolences, and memories can be shared at northdallasfun.wpengine.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to Saddlebrook Memory Care Community, 9966 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX 75033.

Please leave the family condolences and/or share memories on this website.

11 Thoughts on Culotta, Joseph Anthony
    Brian Simpson
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    So sorry to hear this. Joe and Janet helped me buy my first home over 20 years ago. I will be forever thankful of them! RIP Joe!

    Kay Snow
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Janet, I’m so sorry to hear about Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Sylvia Snow
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    I am so sorry for your loss. We know that Joe is home now, no pain, no trials. Gail and I will hold you all up in prayer during this difficult time of grief.
    Fondly,
    Sylvia

    Sherri Wilson
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I am thinking of you all.
    Thoughts and prayers!
    Sherri Wilson

    Linda J Johnson
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Janet, we were shocked to hear about Joey today. Called Jimmy and let him know. Our prayers and thoughts are with uou and the family.

    Hank &Barbara Snyder
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Janet we are sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

    linda hildebrand rogers
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    I AM ONE OF THE 1960S NEW MARKET SOUTH GANG. WE LIVED A FEW HOUSES DOWN FROM JOE AND RANDY WAS IN MY SCHOOLS ALL THRU THE YEARS, I WENT TO ROCKY MT AND ATE ALL THE TIME TILL THEY SOLD IT AND WAS ALWAYS TREATED WITH A SMILE AND GREAT SERVICE.SO MANY MEMORIES THRU THE YEARS AND ALL THE OCT 31ST SCARY MUSIC AND TRICKS AND CANDY, HIS PARENTS WERE SO GOOD TO ALL OF US KIDS AND KERRY WAS THE SAME AGE OF ONE OF MY BROTHERS. SO JANET SENDING PRAYERS WITH HIM AND TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS…take care

    Barry Judkins
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    My prayers are with you in this difficult time. Your Newport News friends still miss you both. Lots of great memories. Keep the faith!

    JoAnne Doremus
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Janet and family; I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing . He was quite the guy! Always a smile and a kind word and ready to help in any situation! Prayers for you all to have peace, and that the days ahead are filled with warm sweet memories. Love, JoAnne Doremus (real estate of days gone by!)

    Ed Nichols
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    I rode to work with Joey in his GTO, those were the days, he was a heck of a ballplayer

    Jack & Judy Lawson
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Janet, Jack and I have such fond memories of you and Joe. Please know that our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always.

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Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands

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