Joseph Vincent Alldred, 45, of Charlotte, N.C., died March 14, 2014.
Joey was born June 18, 1968, the oldest of five sons to Jim and Ellen Alldred and was the first of the Alldred family born in Georgia.
He was baptized at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marietta. In 1977 the family moved from Woodstock to a small farm in Lumpkin County, where he became a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Dahlonega and later Christ Redeemer in Dawsonville.
Although apprehensive about the move to the country, he quickly adjusted and attended school from elementary through high school in Dahlonega.
The circle of friends he made during his school years remain close to this day.
He loved sports and excelled in baseball, wrestling and football.
Being 5'8" and 145 pounds was no drawback for Joey. He played the game of football with the heart, confidence and fearlessness of a 230 pound linebacker.
Joseph earned a degree in psychology at the University of Georgia and worked while a student to offset his tuition and other fees.
Just as in sports, he carried the same confidence into his professional career with Wachovia-Wells Fargo Corporate Headquarters in Charlotte.
Joey's love of God was always part of his everyday life. Where there was a gathering of family, friends or just one other person, Joe was always asked to give the blessing before meals and he never forgot to thank his Lord and Savior for the many blessings already bestowed, and to ask his intervention into the lives of the suffering and less fortunate.
Joseph will be remembered for his love of camping and fly fishing, the companionship and laughter with his many friends and family and will always be known for his generosity to others without conditions.
His mother, Ellen R. Alldred; and a brother, Michael Alldred, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen "Kathy" Alldred and her three sons, Kyle, Ryan and Matt of Charlotte; father, James "Jim" Alldred Jr. of Dawsonville; brothers and sister-in-law, Brian Alldred of Dawsonville, Jamie and Cas Alldred of Dahlonega, Christopher Alldred of Charlotte; nieces, Savannah and Autumn Alldred of Dahlonega; various other relatives also survive.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. March 18 in the Bearden Funeral Home Chapel with the Deacon Ray Richardson officiating. Interment followed in Dawsonville Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations were requested made to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, P.O. Box 31128, Charlotte, N.C. 28231.
Bearden Funeral Home of Dawsonville was in charge of the arrangements.