It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hubert Laurie Josey (Chapin,
South Carolina), who passed away on April 27, 2020. He was the widower of
Roberta Simmons Josey. A memorial Service will be announced by Dukes-Harley
Hubert Laurie Josey24 Aug 1925 - 27 Apr 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of
Hubert Laurie Josey (Chapin, South
passed away on April 27, 2020.
He was the widower of Roberta S Josey. A memorial Service will be announced by
Dukes-Harley Funeral Home He was the widower of Roberta S. Josey. A Memorial
Service will be announced by Dukes-Harley Funeral Home at a lat
Hubert “Bert” Laurie Josey,
Jr., 94, of Lexington, SC, passed away April 27,
He was the widower of Roberta Simmons Josey.
Due to revised COVID-19 rules, the Memorial Service will now be held at ,
Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Dukes-Harley Funeral
Home and Crematory, 3379 Columbia Road, Orangeburg, SC. A Graveside Service will
follow in SunnysideCemetery, 626 Summers Avenue, Orangeburg.
Bert was born in Orangeburg, SC, the son of Hubert Laurie
Josey, Sr. and Margaret Carolyn Boineau. He was a
1942 graduate of OrangeburgHigh School. He volunteered for the
Army Air Forces in September, 1943 and began Cadet training at FortJackson in Columbia, SC. Bert was eventually
sent to England as an aerial Gunner with
the Mighty 8th Air Force. Upon his arrival, he was assigned to the 860th
squadron and the 493rd bomb group near Ipswich. Over the next six months
Bert flew in twenty-five missions over Europe as a gunner on multiple B-17’s. In April 1945 Bert returned to the U.S. and was stationed at
Randolph Field near San Antonio where he was honorably
discharged in November making plans to take advantage of the GI Bill.
In January 1946, Bert entered the Citadel from where he graduated in 1950 with
a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he took a job with the Inter
American Geodetic Survey Society. Bert arrived in Panama in May 1950 and finished
his assignment in May 1952 after surveying in Colombia and Haiti. These two years completed
Bert’s military obligation in lieu of serving in the Korean War. For years
afterward, Bert talked about writing his “now famous” book, entitled, Two Years
on My Ass, which expands upon his time surveying in the jungle and the life
adventures “a Citadel man from Orangeburg, SC”.
Bert returned home in June of 1952 where he married the love of his life,
Roberta Simmons. Bert first worked at Sloan Construction Company, in Greenville, SC; then, after his marriage
to Roberta in June 1954, he joined Southern Railway Company in Greensboro, NC. In 1957 Bert accepted an
entrepreneurship opportunity with Executone
Communications Systems for a franchise covering Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC. After thirty years, Bert
retired in 1986 with offices and warehouses in both cities and over 45
Bert and “Berta” lived in Savannah for 45 years and raised
their daughters there; the girls graduated from SavannahCountryDay School where Roberta taught for
many years. They spent their last 25 years in Savannah at their home on the ForestRiver. While in Savannah, they were members of WhiteBluffUnitedMethodistChurch.
In 2002, they moved to LakeMurray near Irmo, SC and were members of Union
United Methodist. While Bert and Roberta spent almost 15 years enjoying their
home on LakeMurray, they spent their last
years together at the Lowman Home in Chapin, SC. Following Roberta’s passing
in January 2019, Bert spent his last year in Lexington, SC at Deepwood Estates.
Survivors include three daughters, Laurie Josey Butler (Bill), Redona Josey Wood (Taber), and Angela Josey Bledsoe
(Adair); two brothers-in-law, Horace Simmons (Lib) and Colin Simmons (Nancy);
and seven grandchildren: Josey Butler Butcher (Brian), Will Butler (Emily),
Rachael Wood Dickenson (Wyll), Walker Wood, Taber
Wood, Lee Bledsoe, Anna Capers Bledsoe and one great grandchild, Luke Patterson
Butcher. Bert was predeceased by a sister, Carolyn Josey Benton of Richmond Hill, GA.
Bert would say that these three verses have been life-sustaining:
Philippians – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” John – “Christ
came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.” Psalms 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.”Or as Bert said, “Let go and let God.”
Bert and Roberta were truly blessed with incredible family, friends, and
adventures in their long lives together. They blessed their daughters and
family and friends with laughter and love the best way they knew how.
He was the widower of
Roberta S. Josey. A Memorial Service will be announced by Dukes-Harley Funeral
Home at a lat