September 12, 1931 ~ October 28, 2015

Born in: Asheville,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Joseph A. Patelidas, formerly of Asheville, died Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at his home in Boone. He was preceded in death by his parents, Spiro and Ella Patelidas, his wife, Agnes Careli Patelidas, sister, Jane McJunkin, and brother James Patelidas. His surviving family includes Mary P. Mann (Paul), Katherine P. Frazier (Opie, Jr.), Bill Patelidas (Pat), Thomas Patelidas (Mary Ann), Judy Morris and many nieces and nephews. Joe was educated in the Asheville City Schools, played football at Lee Edwards High School and attended Biltmore College on a football scholarship. He served in the US Army during the Korean war where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant while working primarily in education and information. Joe last worked as manager at Hardees in Boone where he made many lasting friendships. Joe was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, at Pisgah View Memorial Park, Candler, with the Rev. Rodney H. Hagans, Jr., officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside following the service. Special appreciation and many thanks go to Melisa Chester who cared for Joe during his last days. The on-line register is available at

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  1. Joe was such a nice man. He was one of the first people I met when I moved to Boone. Everybody loved Joe!

    My condolences to his Family.

    Jean Peacock

  2. My mother Helen Gill (d: 2005) worked with Joe at Creative Crafts in Boone many years ago. She remembered him fondly, and I know she would want me to send condolences. I had spoken to him some time ago at Hardees and mentioned the connection as well.

  3. My heart is saddened to hear of Joes passing. I worked at Regency Investments years ago and got to know Joe. He was one of the kindest and sweetest man. He was always so kind to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed by many. Some called him papa Joe

  4. There is no other like my Papa Joe. He was my dear and special friend for many years, beginning when we worked together at Hardee’s. A very special soul that I will never forget. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

  5. Many thanks to Joe for allowing ‘Hardee’s’ at New Market Centre to be the first business to hire a worker from the Supported Employee Program at Watauga Opportunities in Boone. The worker was Joe Eller and that was
    24 years ago. Joe was so hospitable to us when we wanted a tour and wanted to learn more about working at ‘Hardee’s’. I will always appreciate
    his willingness to work with us. He was truly a great man!
    Dianne Brown, SE/FA Coordinator, Watauga Opportunities

  6. Joe was a real good supervisor with a good attitude. He was a likeable person and I enjoyed working with him at ‘Hardee’s’. He trusted me to
    do the work and I was happy to work there.
    Joe Eller

  7. With appreciation for the many years of service in our company. He was a fine man and will be missed by many who knew and loved him.


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