Joe Martin Lafever

Feb. 16, 1938-Jan. 4, 2022


Joe Marlin Lafever, 83, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 4, 2022, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

Joe was born Feb. 16, 1938, in Cookeville, to Ernest Franklin Lafever and Clara B. Cason Lafever. He was the oldest of 12 children.

 Joe loved his family, especially his wife of 63 years, and was often heard bragging on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was also a friend to many.     

Joe was retired from the United States Navy, and he was very proud to have served for his country. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He was very proud of his accomplishment of being chosen to be a part of the Honor Guard. Joe took great pride in mowing his yard and always kept it looking very nice. Joe was never satisfied with the outcome because he felt that he needed more seed or fertilizer just to compete with the neighbors. Joe later worked as a barber, a fireman for Cookeville Fire Department, and many years as a hearing aid specialist. He was a Jack-of-all-trades.

Joe was a longtime member of Samaria Church of Christ, where he served many years as an elder in the body of Christ.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his son, Marlin Ray Lafever; his parents; seven siblings; and many other family members.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lafever, of Cookeville, whom he married Sept. 10, 1958; daughters, Sherry Hatch (Tom), of Nashville, Donna Madden (Randy), of Sparta; Julie Lafever, of Sparta; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl Lafever, of Cookeville, Ronnie Lafever, of McMinnville; sisters, Wanda Pinegar, of Sparta, Marcia Smith, of Nashville; and numerous special friends, other family members, and brothers and sisters in Christ.

Funeral service was 2 p.m., Jan. 9, 2022, at Presley Funeral Home, in Cookeville, with burial in Lafever Cemetery, in White County. Bro. David Eldridge officiated.

Presley Funeral Home, in Cookeville, was in charge of arrangements.