Joseph W. Thrasher, age 82, a lifelong resident of Destin, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on July 16, 2021. He gained his Heavenly wings after an illness, during which time a great devotion was shown to him by his children and family, church family and lifelong friends.
He was born on July 28, 1938 and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1956. He started his career as a lineman with Gulf Power Electric Company as one of the only high climbers employed. Later, he made a career move over to Centel Telephone Company as a lineman where he retired at the age of 62. After retirement, he continued to stay busy helping family build docks locally, fishing, crabbing, hunting, going on numerous adventures with his grandchildren and later in life caring for his wife’s every need.
A lifelong believer in Jesus, Joe faithfully worshipped and served at Saint Andrews by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and Immanuel Anglican Church where he was a Sunday Usher and Greeter.
Joe is survived by his children, Joseph Eric Thrasher (Randa) and Lisa Thrasher Marshall (John); his grandchildren, Joseph Zachary Thrasher, John F. Marshall III – Trey (Sarese), Eric Ramsey Thrasher, Kallie Jewel Thrasher, Kyle Paxton Fowler and Payton McKenzie Fowler and his great-grandson, Trace Maverick Marshall; He is also survived by his siblings, Susie Thrasher Rutherford, Eddie Thrasher (Jackie) and Kim Thrasher Shine (Ray); nephews, Chris Mulcare and David Aaron King, nieces, Michele King Bludworth, Adrienn Thrasher Armstrong, and Ashley Thrasher Griffin; brother and sister in law, William Frank and Peggy Davis and nephews, Tony and Frank Davis; his nephew and niece Mark and Cindy Fogle; their lifelong friends, Janie and Tommy Browning and family as well as Jolie Carroll Thrasher, the mother of Zachary and Ramsey and Katie Wright, the mother of Kallie Jewel.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James Wellington Thrasher and Mary Juanita Thrasher; his loving wife of 57 years, Janet Jewelene Thrasher; his sister-in-law, Joyce Melvin Fogle; his brother-in-law and sister in-law, James and Catherine Ward, and his nephew, James “Jamie” Ward.
Joe shared a life that most can only dream of with the love of his life, Janet Jewelene Thrasher. He was a hard worker instilling his work ethic in his children and grandchildren. He was an avid water-skier, a rescue scuba diver, a great outdoorsman, hunting and fishing every chance possible, and he was an amazing craftsman building anything he put his mind to. He was much loved and admired and will be greatly missed. The impact he made on the lives of his family and all of those who were fortunate enough to be touched by his life will never be forgotten.
Our family would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Susie Thrasher Rutherford, John Marshall Jr., and Randa Fowler for their endless love and support. They were all at his side assisting him daily during his courageous battle with cancer. Their compassion is deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank our family, Jolie Thrasher and Debra Brumfield, his church family, and his neighbors for always watching over him.
Pallbearers: Eddie Thrasher, David King, Zachary Thrasher, Trey Marshall, Ramsey Thrasher, and Paxton Fowler
The celebration of life will be held at Immanuel Anglican Church, located at 250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin, Florida on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 11am. The family will receive friends starting at 10:30am just prior to the service. There will be a reception immediately following the committal service at 514 First Avenue, Destin, FL.