Joe N. Alderman was born in Burgaw, North Carolina on May 25, 1945, to the late William James and Letha Mae Alderman. He was called home to his Heavenly Father on October 7, 2021.
Joe graduated from C.F. Pope High School in Burgaw, North Carolina and enlisted in the United States Army on November 21, 1963 as an Infantryman. During his 22 years of honorable service, he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He served a combat tour during the Vietnam Conflict in 1969-1970, with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and a host of other duty stations throughout his career.
While serving his country he received numerous ribbons and medals, to include: Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal, seven Good Conduct Medals, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam (RVN) Gallantry Cross with Palm, RVN Campaign Medal, Air Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
After retiring from the United States Army, Joe began a career with the United States Postal Service in January of 1987. He later retired from the main post office in Columbia, South Carolina after working as a mail handler for 23 years.
Joe enjoyed all sports, especially fishing and bowling. He was an active member of the Post Office Bowling League.
Joe was a devout Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He was a member of Christian Life Church (former First Assembly of God) in Columbia, South Carolina where he was an active participant in the Men’s Fellowship Group and Prayer Ministry.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Janice of 53 years; one son, Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army Retired) Frederick (Anita “Niki”) Corbin of Harker Heights, TX; two grandchildren, Frederick II and Morgan; siblings, Isaac (Gloria) Alderman of Castle Haynes, North Carolina; Joyce Ann (Joseph) Lewis of Burgaw, North Carolina, Marie (Rufus) Walker of Burgaw, North Carolina; brother and sisters-in-law; Jim (Janet) Briggs of Perris, California; Tyrone Corbin of Perris, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins and friends.
Joe will be remembered for his loving smile and kindness to others. We rejoice with sadness and gladness knowing he’s in a better place.
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