August 18, 1943 ~ December 23, 2010

Born in: Valdosta, GA,
Resided in: Knoxville, TN

Buren Staten "Joe" Register, Jr., 67, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2010 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Joe was born on August 18, 1943 in Valdosta, GA to Margaret Bridges Register of Fletcher and to the late Buren S. Register, Sr. who passed away in 2004. He was an entrepreneur in land development and his view on life was always unique, energetic, and entertaining. In addition to his mother, Joe is survived by Jessica Mills; one son, William Register and his wife Shelly, of Millersport, OH; one daughter, Saundra Gimby and her husband, Paul of Sandy Springs, GA; one sister, Beverly Berthelot of Fletcher and one brother, Billy Register and his wife Lisa, of Morristown, TN. He is also survived by two grandsons, Joseph and Nathan Register; three nieces, Tonya Koslo and her husband Tim, Tiffany Reagan and Shannon Cross and her husband Kevin; one nephew, Josh Register as well as close family friend, Michele Wellinghurst. On December 23rd we lost our Joe, an awe-inspiring and extraordinary man, to Lung Cancer. Joe was a special husband, son, sibling and friend and will be deeply missed by all of us who were lucky to be a part of his life. Joe loved his family and friends so much, and always enjoyed helping others with anything he could. We couldn't help but smile and laugh when he was around, for his view on life was always unique and entertaining. Joe was a kind man with an energetic passion for living. He loved to fish, snow ski, cut the fool, or just sit and talk. He knew no end to giving of himself for others. Joe wanted us to celebrate his life, and to let us all know that he looked at his death as the ultimate experience of his life, and as the beginning of his next new, exciting adventure. Quote Unquote. Joe, we love you forever!! The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. We will play country music in his honor during the evening visitation and would love to hear your stories and to share fond memories about Joe. We would be honored if you would join us in the celebration of his life, which will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 30, 2010 in the funeral home chapel with the Reverend Thomas Glenn officiating. Interment will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park.

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  1. Joe, we will remember you as one of our dearest clients and as a friend. Your life was a life of integrity and full of compassion and love for everyone around you.

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  2. I REMEMBER JOE AND THANK HIM FOR INTRODUCING ME TO AND INVITING ME TO COSTA RICA. I REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER, CHATTING, LAUGHING, TELLING JOKES, LISTENING TO COUNTRY MUSIC AND SHARING MEALS TOGETHER. HE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO HELP ME WHEN I HAD PROBLEMS OR NEEDED BUSINESS ADVICE. I APPRECIATE HIS WIFE JESSICA AND THEIR WORK TO HELP CHILDREN IN COSTA RICA.SHE ALWAYS WELCOMED ME AND MY FRIENDS INTO HER HOME. JESSICA STOOD BY JOE IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES FOR MANY YEARS.THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH WORDS TO EXPRESS MY TRUE FEELINGS FOR JOE.FAREWELL TO JOE-GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

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  3. Joe, you are in a special place in our hearts; you were not only a good friend, but a very dear brother with whom we shared wonderful and precious moments that will never be forgotten.

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  4. Joe,
    One of the most sincere people I have ever had the honor of calling ‘Best Friend’ and with the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known.
    I will forever remember your engaging personality.

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  5. We are so sorry for your lost. Now is the time to celebrate Joes life remember all the good times for he will be with you forever. We Love you very much and are thinking of ya’ll everyday.

    All of our love,
    John and Mary Cole

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  6. We are praying that God will give you comfort as you celebrate this wonderful life that touched so many. God bless and keep you.

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  7. I will always remember by far affection and respect,
    D Joe was an excellent person, who offered wonderful opportunities me, and him of I will be always been thankful.
    that God blesses all their family, and gives the necessary strength them at this moment…
    I love you so much, D Joe and D Jess!!
    …Certainly the good and the mercy will follow to me every day of my life, And in the house of Jehovah I will dwell by long days,
    Salm 23:6

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  8. Although there were few the moments I shared with Mr. Joe Register, those moments were enough to know he was a good person. I just want to say thanks for all help received from him to my family through my wife Ericka. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear husband, father, son, brother and friend Mr. Joe Register.

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  9. I knew Joe for only a relatively short time but we really connected. Joe called me when he learned of his illness and we spent long time talking about it because he knew that I have the same disease.

    I can only hope that some of the things I talked about with both Joe and Jess made things easier.

    Joe, you will be missed.

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  10. I was blessed to be able to take care of Mr Register while he was in the hospital in Virginia. From the very moment I met him I realized what a special man he was. I enjoyed spending time with him and getting to know him, I just wish it could of been longer. You are indeed another angel looking after us all Joe. You are so very loved.
    Rest in Peace my dear friend,
    Jennifer Michael RN

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  11. I once took a picture of Joe with a huge lemon from his orchard and showed it to Jess. We were laughing like kids, for the lemon was not that big as it appeared on the photo. Joe and I laughed so much that afternoon that I could only wish we can do it again, and again, and again.

    Joe, you touched countless lives with your generosity and kindness. I wish I could have reciprocated your true friendship. Till we meet again, Joe.

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  12. Best ‘Next Door’ neighbor I ever had. Joe and Jess got us up and running in Costa Rica. A more honest man there was not. Blessings to you Jess, these things are never convenient, but 2 days before Christmas is awful. Think of Joe this time of year. He planned the good fight, this one time he lost. YOU know he planned to win. Great kids love y’all – the best legacy anyone one could leave.
    …cm

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  13. Joe will be missed both as a friend and neighbor. He welcomed me and my husband with generosity and, of course, tons of stories, which he is well known for.
    He shared the epitomy of Southern Hospitality and genuine friendship and a great capacity for laughter.
    He goes down in our book as one of our favorite ‘characters’ and will be remembered very fondly.
    Our thoughts are with you, Jess.

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  14. We always will remember the good times we spent with Joe in Costa Rica. He taught our children how to ride horses and specially love Kevin our, youngest son. Our hearts and thoughts are with Jessica.
    We love you Joe

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  15. I would like to extend my sympathy to Joe’s wife Jess and family in his passing. I never met Joe in person only in phone conversations and e-mails, but felt I knew him the short time we conversed. I regret that I did not know Joe was in Fredericksburg, Va when he was in the hospital. It was only a few miles away. Joe you will be remembered. Fred DeVito

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  16. My deepest sympathies to Jess my little sister and the rest of the family.
    Joe and I share always great times and very good moments here in Costa Rica.
    A good friend with a great loud smile and quick jokes all the time. All I have is good memories with him, have no recollection of a single bad memory of him.
    Cheers my friend you will be miss…..

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  17. Our Sincere Condolences to Jess and Joe’s Family on his passing. He was a wonderful friend and he will be greatly missed.

    Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they
    brought into our lives.

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  18. Jess,
    There are not enough words to express the loss this world has experienced. But likewise, not enough words for the gifts that Joe brought to so many. His energy, his hard work ethics,originality,his laughter and his love. And mostly his generousity to share all of himself. We will never forget you Joe. Our regret is not getting to know you better, but until we meet again, have a great adventure! Love to you Jessica and many thanks to you as well. You are very special to us and we love you!

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  19. Jessica you were so nice to me when I visited you and Joe in CR. What a beautiful home you have there. You showed me the home you had built in Tn and told me your plans. Joe was a great guy. I enjoyed my short visit and had hoped to see you both again. So sorry about this…

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  20. On December 8, 2010, I was seated on a southbound train from Baltimore to Virginia. In a foul & grumpy mood, I saw a man contemplating sitting down next to me and inwardly protested…wanting my selfish ‘space’. Joe sat down in spite of my negative vibe. What happened next is worthy of great contemplation and will continue to serve as multiple lessons for me in this life. As there is a limit on space in this site, I must be brief but know this…. our meeting was by no means a chance occurrence. We instantly connected and deeply discussed everything from his cancer and pending death, his life and time in Costa Rica, religion, quantum physics, God, his family, ethics, the children he taught English to and above all, his passionate and authentic love for Jessica. The train ride was surreal in that in spite of the crowd, Joe and I were alone in our absolute connection with one another. As we pulled into my destination, we hugged and I left Joe with this question. ‘Which one of us is the Angel?’ I could see that he clearly understood my meaning. As I write these words, there can be no doubt about the answer to that question. Thank you for the gifts that you gave me Joe. I only needed to know you for a moment, to know you for a lifetime. God Bless.

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