On Thursday evening, January 22, 2015, Mr. Josephus Eggelletion, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home in Oak Grove, Florida at 5 p.m. He was 91 years old.
Josephus was born on October 20, 1923 in Sneads, Florida where he was raised until age 17. He moved to Coconut Grove, Florida in 1940, where on December 20, 1943 he married Annie Lee Allen. They moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 13, 1955 and at-tended Piney Grove First Baptist Church.
“Mr. Joe” as he is best remembered, operated the 27th Avenue Barber shop from April 1, 1965 until he retired on October 9, 1989. He was a generous and kind barber who gave free haircuts to those with large families of little boys that he knew could not afford to pay him. He always had a piece of peppermint stick candy for the children. The community loved and respected him for his wisdom, kindness, and generosity.
After retiring, he and his wife settled in the dream home he built for her in the quiet Gadsden County community of Oak Grove. While living there, he attended Beulah Hill Baptist Church, where he was ordained into the ministry. Josephus Eggelletion, Sr. leaves behind nine Children, 10 Grandchildren, seven Great Grandchildren, five nieces and three nephews along with their children, grandchildren and the many friends he had in South and North Florida.
His memorial service will be held in Gretna, Florida. He will be laid to rest in Oak Grove, Florida.