Mr. Rose was born July 27, 1916, in Hornersville, Mo., to Jesse Lee Rose and Mary Kennett Rose. On March 11, 1950, he was married to Martha Sue Billings of Kennett who preceded him in death September 16, 1983. He married Joanne Tatum Farmer July 6, 1985, who also preceded him in death September 28, 2007.
He is survived by his children, Joseph Vance Rose II and wife, Karen, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a daughter, Susan Billings Rose Owen and husband, Steve, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Jim Farmer of Commanche, Texas; Susan Farmer Martens and husband, Dan, of Dallas, Texas; Kathy Farmer Solter and husband, Tom, of Ft. Worth, Texas; and Joe Farmer and Evan Stults of Vashon Island, Wash.
Other survivors include a sister, Susan Rose McCoy and husband, Bob, of Florrisant, Mo.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Rose Coats and brothers Jesse Lee Rose, Jr., Thomas Earl Rose, Dr. Jack Rose, and William Rose.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Joseph Daniel Rose or Cape Girardeau; Joseph Vance Rose III, of Tuscaloosa; Katy Martens of Dallas; Daniel Martens of Dallas; Sarabeth Solter of Ft. Worth; Michelle Beam of Hannibal, Mo., Jaime Albertson of Quincy, Ill., Kristen Bormida of Farmersville, Ill.; and Jodi Farmer of Stephenville, Texas; and eleven great-grandchildren, Daniel, Dalton, Kaitlin, Dylan, and Devin Rose, all of Cape Girardeau; Alyks and Tyler Beam of Hannibal; Josh and Zachary Bormida of Farmersville; and Kody and Kory Albertson of Quincy, Ill.
Mr. Rose served in the Navy during WWII, and was the owner of Dixie Gas Company in Hopkinsville, Ky., from 1953-1972. In the same community he was chairman of the Human Relations Commission, a member and Mayor Pro Term of the Hopkinsville City Council 1960-64, past President of the Kiwanis Club in 1964, and a founding member of St. John Methodist Church, serving as lay minister.
After returning to his home state, he became active in the First Christian Church in Kennett, serving as Elder for over 20 years. He supported a variety of missionary efforts while he lived in Kentucky and Missouri. Active in this community, he volunteered at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center. He also served on the Kennett Housing Authority Board and was a past member of the Lions Club.
Known in Kentucky and Missouri for his "ministry of the crosses," Joe touched many lives, young and old, as he shared his small silver crosses for over forty years with friends and with strangers, both at home and wherever he traveled.
Visitation at Bradshaw Funeral Home will be held Monday, December 29, 2008, from 6-8 p.m., and funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 30 at 11 a.m., at the First Christian Church with Rev. Dustin Morris officiating. Pallbearers: Scott Daugherty, John Fisher, Phil Oldsen, Phillip Britt, Rick Carver, and Jerry Paris.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorial fund at First Christian Church in Kennett, Mo.