Joseph Partridge died on Sunday, November 2, 2008.
He was preceded by parents, Marietta and Charlie Partridge, aunt, Ella Jones, three brothers, Albert, James, John, and sister, Roberta Collier.
He was formerly married to Ida Partridge and from that union, five children were born. He subsequently married Mary Partridge to which three children were born.
He was an active member of 2nd Missionary Baptist Church, which involvement included membership in the Red Rose Club and Finance Committees, initiator of the annual Memorial Service honoring deceased members and past chairman of the Trustee board.
He was active in the Masons having achieved the following: Past Master of Phoenix Lodge # 6, F&AM, P.H.A.; Alfreda Consistory # 65; Royal Arch Mason, Oriental Commandry # 27, P.H.A.; United Supreme Council, 33 degree, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Prince Hall Affiliation, South Jurisdiction of USA, Inc.; Past Illustrious Potentate of Hyksos Temple #123, P.H.A.; Past Deputy of the Oasis; and Past Appointment to the Imperial Convention Department.
He was an entrepreneur for most of his adult life. His last two major activities were building and operating Lamar’s Restaurant (1971) and Lamar’s Motel (1981). He was a founding member of the MLK Development Corporation and served on the Tourist and Development Agency for 15 years respectively.
He was a life a member of NAACP and sponsored several charity events to benefit the boys and girls of Bonny Oaks during the segregation period.
Survivors include his wife Mary; daughters, Dr. Chrystal Partridge and Gale Partridge; sons, Lamar, Joseph, Alvin, Adrien and Gerald; brothers, Ed (Sandra) and Frank; sisters-in-law, Sue Partridge and Evelyn Webb; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephew, cousins and other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, at Second Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Paul A. McDaniel officiating. Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens –East.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Second Missionary Baptist Church, McDaniel-Strickland Scholarship Fund, in his memory.
Masonic and Shrine rituals will be from 6-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday with family hour from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.