Born October 1, 1949, at Crawley, he was a son of Chester and Belva Adams Workman of Crawley.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Jess and Belva Stollings Workman and Joe and Rose Dempsey Adams; the love of his life, his wife, Mary Workman; one brother, Larry Workman; one sister, Glenna Workman, and his father and mother-in-law, Edgar and Mirble Whitt Richards.
Joe enjoyed hunting, spending time with family and friends, wood crafting, playing music, riding 4-wheelers and visiting his pawn shop buddies.
Additionally, those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Jessica D. (Christopher) Rakes, at home, and Anna J. (William) Arthur of Chapmanville; two step-daughters, Selena (Gene) Daughtery of Harts and Rhonda (Ralph) Smith of Big Ugly; one son, Edgar Barley Richards of Chapmanville; two sisters, Rosalie Keller and Penny Sue Conley, both of Chapmanville; one brother, Jerry R. (Gee-Gee) Workman of Chapmanville; three granddaughters, Alisha, Brittany and Delana Richards; one grandson, Dylan Richards; two step-grandchildren, Samuel Daughtery and Shane Smith; special sister-in-law, Gladys (Grover) Conley; a very special friend, Mary (Hank) Kessler and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Haffar, Dr. J Stollings, Dignity Hospice of Chapmanville; Pastor Rocky Chafin and church for their support and prayers throughout his short illness and Brother Vivie Marcum.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 26, at Freeman Funeral Home with Vivie Marcum officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens at Godby.
Pallbearers will be Keith, Kyle, Kevin Creed, and Cotton Conley, Ardie and Eric Richards, Terry Riggins, Christopher Rakes and William “Wiggles” Arthur.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry R. Workman, Kevin Gore, Bob Blankenship, Jerry Chapman, John Conley, Dale Baker, Jim Marcum, Scott Fouch and Carl Deskins.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Dignity Hospice in Chapmanville in his memory.
The family has requested that there be no cameras in the funeral home.
Freeman Funeral Home of Chapmanville is in charge of the arrangements.