Joe Thomas Underwood

Friday, November 27, 2020
Joe Underwood

Joe Thomas Underwood, 82, of Paragould, Ark., passed away November 25, 2020, at his home. He was born on October 25, 1938, in Piggott, Ark., and was the son of Ernest and Vera (Wiley) Underwood.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane (Driggs) Underwood; parents; step-daughter, Kimberly Martin; siblings, Jake Underwood, Catherine Imogene Underwood, David Underwood and Ray Underwood.

Joe served in the United States Navy from about 1958 to 1964. Afterward, he worked on the Railroad as a clerk. He then became Train Master and eventually served as Terminal Superintendent from 1964 until his retirement in 2000. Joe enjoyed fishing with his grandkids, barbeque and people. He loved everyone he met.

He was a member of Griffin Memorial United Methodist Church in Paragould.

Survivors include his wife, Vondala Underwood of Paragould; sister, Mary Lou (Underwood) Smart; and his children, Patricia Mason (Kris) of Nashville, Tenn., Barry Underwood (Sarah Kabot) of Cleveland, Ohio and Cynthia Kuiper (Jason) of Valparaiso, Ind.; stepchildren, Mark Trout (Karen) of Piggott, Becky Johnson (Carl) of Pollard, Ark., Susie Fincher (Dave) of Paragould, Melanie Herrera (Ray) of Paragould and Keith Martin (Gina) of Marmaduke, Ark.; grandchildren, Garrett Kuiper and Valerie Kuiper both of Valparaiso, Jennifer Rossman (Tyler) of Nashville, Jessica Goad (Ryan) of Nashville and Jonathan Mason of Nashville; great-grandchildren, Shayn, Evelyn, and Bennett Rossman; step-grandchildren, Teri Fears (Justin), Kirk Trout, Amy Dodd (Jason), Ambre Broadway, Samantha Kirkpatrick (Caleb), Dana Morrisett (Perry), Micha Estill (Josh), Melissa Phillips (Luke), Tyler Fincher, Spencer Fincher, Caleb Martin, Logan Martin (Courtney), Josh McKay (Brittney), Megan McKay (Stacy), Kyle McKay (Joanna), Joseph Herrera and Jacob Herrera; numerous step great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, in Piggott, with Rev. Mary Welch officiating. Burial is in Underwood Cemetery, located near Piggott. Pallbearers will be Barry Underwood, Jason Kuiper, Kris Mason, Jonathan Mason, David Fincher and Garrett Kuiper. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, is in charge of the arrangements.