Joe Champion

Joe Champion

Joe Champion
August 20, 1933 – May 28, 2018

ZEBULON – Joe Champion, 84, died Monday. He was born in Franklin County to the late Vance & Annie Perry Champion, Sr. He retired from Athey & Franklin County Government. He was a wonderful man who loved being with his family. He and Mrs. Champion fostered over 100 children for Wake County Human Services. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Louise Pearce Champion, daughter Licia Joan Champion, & son-in-law, Curtis Stillwell, brothers, Vance “Doc” Champion, Jr., John “Fuzzy” Champion, & Charles “Waggy” Champion.

Funeral service 11 am, Thursday, Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third St., Wendell with burial to follow in the Perry Family Cemetery.

He is survived by daughters, Tracy Champion, Christine Collier, both of Zebulon, Tricia Stillwell of Louisburg, Ernestine Pridgen, Youngsville, brother, Harvey “Wink” Champion (Betty) of Supply, grandchildren, Rodney Collier, Chad Collier, Steve Joyner, Jerry Joyner, Bradley Williams, Karen Adkins, Missy Wright, Kimly Pridgen, 15 great grandchildren, & 3 step great grandchildren.

Visitation 6-7:30 Wednesday, Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell & other times at the home.


  • Deb Hoffman Posted May 30, 2018 6:01 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. This very loved man is going home.

  • Gary & Judy Galloway Posted May 31, 2018 11:55 am

    So sorry for your loss, trust in God’s Peace.

  • The Rivers Family Posted June 1, 2018 7:28 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. When someone we love dies it causes Pain and sorrow. Though we personally have never seen anyone raised from the dead, we have certain Scriptures that assure us of the resurrection. Jesus said: “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28, 29). We can also, comforted by the hope expressed by the upright man Job: He will call; The dead will answer (Job 14:13-15). To know that there is a better future awaiting those we have lost in death, where the issues, such as sickness and death that plague us today, will be things of the past is comforting. I hope these scriptures give you strength to endure the difficult days ahead.

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