David "Joe" Mooney

NEWPORT NEWS - David "Joe" Mooney, 55, died suddenly Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, and went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was the son of the late Ernest Joe and Ethel Mae Mooney. He resided for most of his life in Newport News, but had made his home in York County for the last 15 years. Mr. Mooney was a member of Seaford Baptist Church and formerly a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he was baptized. He was a 1965 graduate of Newport News High School, where he excelled in all sports. He played on the Newport News varsity basketball team when it won state championship in 1964. He was co-captain of the basketball team in his senior year. He got his associates degree in business from Thomas Nelson Community College. He was employed at Anheuser Busch for more than 25 years where he was a devoted worker and a daily witness for the Lord. Joe is survived by his wife, Shari. They have been married for 28 wonderful years. Other survivors are his brother, Jimmy and his wife, Patsy, of Marietta, Ga.; nephews, Tim Mooney and his wife, Darcy, and Jamie Mooney and his wife, Sally; mother-in-law, Jewell "Mom" Wells; nieces, Debbie, Kathy, and Donna who are the daughters of his brother, Johnny, who preceded him in death; other special relatives are Dave Wells, John and Bonita Wells, Dan Wells, Chuck and Donna Howard, Brian and Jeff Wells, and Lauren and Christie Howard. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. today at Peninsula Funeral Home by Dr. Richard Harrell of Seaford Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press from 11/1/2001 - 11/2/2001.

I am still as shocked and saddened by this news as when I first heard it. Joe was one of the nicest people I ever met, in the fullest sense of that word. I can honestly say I never heard anyone say anything negative about him. He was unfailingly friendly, cheerful, helpful, and smiling.
    Carol Buckley Harty (Beavercreek, OH )
November 13, 2001

  When I read the news of Joe's death the first picture that came to my mind was his ever-present smile. He had such a wonderful personality. I'm proud to have known him in high school. Thanks to his Heavenly Father he lives on in a better place.  
    Joyce Lawrence Cahoon (Highland Springs, VA )
November 12, 2001

  Words are as hollow as the feeling in my heart. The world and I have lost a good soul. My thoughts are with you Shari.  
    Ed Beasley (Panama)
November 2, 2001

  Joe was my oldest friend. I have known him for 50 years. Even though I haven't seen him in some time I will surely miss him. Be with God. Jim  
    Jim Peters (Cape Coral, FL )
November 1, 2001

  Joe and I were teammates and friends throughout high school. A great competitor, he was respected and liked by all. I grieve his passing. God bless his family and many friends.  
    Billy Turner (Ovilla, TX )
November 1, 2001

  Joe, I am going to miss you buddy. I remember your grinning face, light but good hearted disposition, double dating to the '65 Hampton Prom, discount clothing at Leggett's, the old "Smith/Murphy" routine, just lot's of good times and memories and especially your loving Mom and Dad. Thank you for being my friend and buddy. I hope to see you in the next life.  
    Charles Blaine Jones (Falls Church, VA )
November 1, 2001

  Joe will be sadly missed. I knew him from elementary school, little league baseball team, which was coached by my dad, as well as through our high school years. What a nice person! My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  
    Pauline Collins Shofner (Newport News, VA )
November 1, 2001

  I knew Joe only briefly at NNHS, but I remember him as a very friendly person, and quick with a smile and a "hello". He seemed to be the type of guy you could depend on no matter what. God bless the family.  
    Frederick Craig Eubank (Woodbridge, VA )
November 1, 2001

  The State Basketball Championship 1964-we really had a good time. Thanks Joe. Jo Ann from the Class of '64  
    Jo Ann Stewart (San Antonio, TX )
November 1, 2001

  Joe was a good friend for many, many years. He will always be in my memories for all the good and raucous times we had together.  
    Rip Collins (Nashville, TN )
November 1, 2001

Joe will be missed by so many. Our prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.
Sincerely, Rosalee & Alan Jecmenek
    Rosalee Jecmenek (Houston, TX )
October 31, 2001

  It was really great knowing you in high school. My heart goes out to your family. Someday we'll all meet again, God Bless. Sid Melton  
    Sidney Melton (Ithaca, NY )
October 31, 2001

  We will all miss our sweet friend Joe. Always happy to see you and always friendly. We know that you have gone to a greater place to do bigger and better things. All our love and prayers to the family.  
    Sarah Puckett Kressaty (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA )
October 31, 2001

Deepest Sympathy. Our prayers are with your family. Deb Smith, Anheuser Busch.
Debra Ellinger Smith (Gloucester Point, VA )
October 31, 2001

I certainly appreciate your taking the time to notify each of us regarding the loss of Joe Mooney. As you know, I just recently located Joe's home address, but his phone was unlisted. I will be visiting the Tidewater area in early December, so I decided that I would contact Joe by mail once my plans were set in stone and schedule a visit with him.

Well, now it's too late, and another friend has passed without my telling him what his friendship meant to me. The moral to this story is that if you have something nice to say to someone, don't wait. Life is too short and the future unknown. It takes just one precious moment to tell a friend or loved one that you care or that they made a difference in your life. Don't miss that opportunity.


Billy Turner (Ovilla, TX )
November 1, 2001


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