Joseph “Joe” Harold Epperson

Joseph “Joe” Harold Epperson


Joseph “Joe” Harold Epperson passed away in his home March 29, 2024. He is the son of the late Harold Money Epperson and Stella Lathella (Thurman) Epperson. One sister, E. Beth Fralicx (Ron) of Foristell survives, as does an aunt Linda (Thurman) Sloan of Macon, and many cousins.

Joe spent his life in Kirksville and was a man of many talents. He was a jack of all trades, and he loved tinkering with and repairing cars and motorcycles. He held many jobs starting with working for his dad at Stouts Music House. From there he went to Wright’s Tire & Appliances and Wright’s Sight and Sound where he repaired and installed appliances and stereo systems. He worked at Standard Register for many years, and after it moved from the area he found employment from truck driving to electronics production and even opened Jug Heads, a cycle repair shop. He completed his working career by driving an Oats bus. He loved visiting with his passengers and making sure they arrived at their destination safely. He enjoyed cycling and took many rides around the U.S.A. alone or with his friends Steve and Susie King. He loved his Harleys.

He ran for city council in 2012. He loved meeting and visiting with people from Kirksville (even though he already knew a lot of residents), and getting their ideas and viewpoints on issues of the time.

Joe was a member and state chairman 1974 of ABATE, founder of Local #19 Freedom of Road Riders 1985, and a life-long member of First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ.

Joe's visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon Saturday, May 11, 2024 in the chapel of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with a Celebration of Life immediately following at Travis-Noe Funeral Home.

Please bring your memories or a story about "brother Joe" (or any other nickname you may have for him) to share with the group.

Donations in his memory may be given to Kirksville Hospice, Freedom of the Road Riders, or Kirksville First Christian Church.

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To borrow a theme from songwriter Richard Thompson...
Joe, old pal, thanks for putting up with an old BSA and Beemer rider. And may angels on Harleys and Indians wearing leather and chrome, swoop down from Heaven to carry you home.

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