He served in the U.S. Army-Air Corp during WW II.
Joe married Katherine Jones on July 11, 1941. Katherine preceded him in death March 31, 1998. He was also preceded in death by three brothers.
Survivors include one son, James Lewis Bankhead and Rebecca, of Pinehurst, N.C.; one daughter, Terry Jo Garrison and Dr. N.A. Garrison, Jr., of Montgomery, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Noel Keith Bankhead, Nicholas Andrew Bankhead, Brian Keith Mitchell, Joseph Blake Mitchell, Kerri Renee Jones, Trey Garrison and Candice Martin, and other relatives and many friends.
Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery at Kennett.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett was in charge of the arrangements.