William Leverne Joplin, 71, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his home.
A funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel in Chesterfield. Interment followed in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery in Ruby.
Visitation was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the funeral home.
Mr. Joplin was born June 21, 1941, in Mt. Croghan, a son of the late Johnnie Daniel and Mary Wilkerson Joplin. He was a retired employee of Estes Express Lines with 27 years of service, and a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, where he served as a former choir member and former deacon. Mr. Joplin was a life member of Ruby Masonic Lodge # 314.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and his grandchildren were his heart. He loved his step daughters and son-in-laws. He had a special place in his heart for his dogs, Bo Bo, Austin, and Brownie, and also his cats. He had a great love for God and man, and if anyone ever had a need, Leverne was willing to help. He enjoyed going to the beach and mountains several times a year with his wife Jean. He was a friend to all, and will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, Leverne was preceded in death by his first wife, Myra Lee “Susie” Brock Joplin; two brothers, Lathaniel Wilkerson and James Olin Wilkerson; and by one grandson, Johnathan Spencer Joplin.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Jean Jenkins Burr Joplin of the home; a son, William Scott (Gail) Joplin of Cheraw; two step daughters, Susie B. (Chris) McAllister of Chesterfield and Shannon B. (Ramark) Chavis of Cheraw; five grandchildren, Zach Chavis, Cody McAllister, Wyatt McAllister, Shannon Rivers, and Ashley Rivers.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, S.C. 29709 or to Cross Roads Baptist Church, P.O. Box 72, Ruby, SC 29741
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Joplin Family.
The Cheraw Chronicle
Thursday, July 12, 2012