Funeral services for Joel Leonard Diffie, Jr., 87, of Jefferson, Texas will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Capt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home with Rev. Darwin Roraback officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday evening from 6-7 p.m. with a Rosary being held at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home of Jefferson.
Mr. Diffie was born August 19, 1924 in Camden, Arkansas to Joel Leonard Diffie, Sr. and Blanche Hendricks Diffie. He passed away January 17, 2012 in Jefferson, Texas.
He was retired from the Thiokol Ammunition plant where he worked a number of years as a sheet metal fabricator. He enjoyed fishing, bike riding, playing the harmonica and banjo, and also enjoyed fixing things. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, brother, John Diffie, and son, Joel Diffie, III.
Mr. Diffie is survived by his daughter, Mary Patricia and husband Bryan Maertins of Jefferson; son, Jeff Diffie and wife JuHyun of Japan; daughter-in-law, Deborah Diffie of Harleton, Texas; grandchildren, Joel Isaac Diffie, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth and Samuel Diffie, Josiah, Jaci, Joy and Joseph Maertins.
Pallbearers are Kenneth Nance, Harold Crumbie, Daniel Roraback, John Mosley, John Cornelius and Wesley Gray.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.haggardfuneralhome.com