Joseph “Joe” C. Earnhardt age 67, was called to his eternal home on Friday, August 7, 2020. Joe was born and raised in Panama City, Florida and graduated from Bay High in 1971. Joe’s was a life of service! He served in the United States Air Force from 1972 – 1985 at which time he joined the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department. He served Okaloosa County from 1985 – 2005 then retired from Walton County Sheriff’s Office in 2007.
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Joe is survived by his wife of 45 years, Heather, his sons Joe Jr (Stephanie), and Adam (Shanon), grandchildren Gandy, Hunter, and Alex and a host of other family members and friends who loved him.
Joe was a Senior DeMolay, member of Alpha Lodge 172 in Fort Walton Beach and Acme Lodge 222 and Shaddai Shrine in Panama City. He served the Grand Chapter of Florida Order of the Eastern Star as Worthy Grand Patron 2013-2014 at the “Radiant Rays of Friendship” Session and was an active member of both Fort Walton Chapter 202 and Crestview Chapter 203. He will be missed by all his Sisters and Brothers.
The family wishes to thank the “Heart Team” of Shands Hospital for the extra three years they were given because of the wonderful care given by this team.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Crestview Masonic Center, 404 Garden Street, Crestview FL with interment at Barrancas National Cemetery under the direction of Trahan Family Funeral Home.
The family request that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Worthy Grand Matron’s Special Fund/Youth as it was through Rainbow and DeMolay that Joe met Heather and started their journey through life!
“The Lord watch between me and thee while we are absent one from the other”.