09/23/12 — JOSEPH F. HALLOW JR.

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Died Sept. 20, 2012

RALEIGH -- Joseph Francis Hallow Jr., 80, of Raleigh died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Rex Hospital.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. Burial will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held today from 4 until 6 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St.

He was the son of the late Joseph Eidd and Magdalene Kannan Hallow.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Buchanan Hallow; a brother, Louis John Hallow; and sister, Mary Hallow Rice.

He is survived by his sons, Joseph Francis Hallow III and wife, Barbara Bissell Hallow, of Charlotte, and Thomas Gregory Hallow and wife, Mary Fogle Hallow, of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Morgan, Jack, Rex, Brooke and Caroline. He is also survived by his two sisters, Agnes Hallow Kannan, of Goldsboro and Josephine Hallow Barnes, of Greenville; and one brother, George Joseph Hallow and wife, Judy, of Goldsboro.

Joe was born and raised in Goldsboro. After graduating from high school, he attended East Carolina University. A biology major, he was also very involved in both performing arts and athletics. He played for the basketball team and was captain of the tennis team. Joe served in the United States Army from 1954 until 1956. While serving in the Army, he received the National Defense Services Medal and Army Occupational Medal while stationed in Germany.

After his time in the military, he moved to Baltimore and began a career in the beverage industry working for The National Brewing Company. He was later transferred to Charlotte, where he met his wife, Peggy. In 1969, he acquired a beer distributorship. He relocated the family to Greenville, and founded Hallow Distributing Company. He continued his entrepreneurial drive by founding the Hallow Window and Door Company in the early 1980s. Big Joe always had a love for small business.

In addition to his love of family and business, he was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, where he touched many lives as both a friend and mentor. He was very philanthropic and gave his time and support to many causes such as Kiwanis Club and Pitt County Shriners. He had a deep passion for East Carolina and supported the university his entire adult life. He was a past-president of the East Carolina University Educational Foundation and lifetime member of the Pirate Club. His proudest Pirate football memory was the 38-17 win over the Tar Heels in 1975.

He resided in Raleigh for the last 20 years where he often spent time with friends and family. He was a proud member of the Raleigh Sports Club and often claimed to have the best friends a man could possibly have.

Big Joe never met a stranger and had a bigger-than-life personality. His passion for life and his positive attitude made him a true joy to be around. He was a loyal friend and beloved father and grandfather who was always there for anyone who needed him. He was a strong Christian and believed in lifting people up and treating his fellow man with respect. He will be truly missed by so many and never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072 Pittsfield, Mass. 01202, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.


Published in Obituaries on September 23, 2012 11:10 AM