Mr. Joe Perry Tison, 93, of Ashburn passed away Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at Crisp Regional Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Faye S. Tison, his twin daughters Cathy T. Enelow and Carla T. Payne of Cordele, three grandchildren, James T. Enelow of Dallas, TX, Jennifer P. Hampton of Forsyth, GA and Kimberly (Chris) P. Cook of Raleigh, NC, and four great grandchildren, Josh Hampton, Rachel, Sarah Anne and Abby Cook.
Born in Ashburn to Pearl Perry And Frank Marion Tison Sr. on May 19, 1921. The youngest of 7 siblings, Mr. Tison was preceded in death by his brother Frank M. Tison Jr. and his sisters Ione T. Barbee, Aileen T. Arnold, Dorothy T. Barrow and a baby sister who died at birth, Mary Tison.
He graduated from Ashburn High School in 1938 and enlisted in the military. Mr. Tison served in the Marine Air Corps from 1941-1945 as an aircraft mechanic and attained the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning home to Ashburn in 1945, he worked, as a Printer, with his Father who was the managing editor of the Wiregrass Farmer. Then he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He retired in 1983 after 38 years of service.
He was a member of Ashburn First United Methodist Church, serving at one time as Sunday School Superintendent.
He was a devoted husband and father. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved and respected the beauty of the earth and in his later years he grew and propagated prize winning camellias. He had a "sport" named for him, "Tison's Drama Girl."
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at Perry Funeral Chapel, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m..