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Joseph Pridgen

July 6, 1947 — January 28, 2021

Joseph Matthew Pridgen

July 6, 1947-January 28,2021

Joseph was born July 6, 1947 to William Henry and Nannie Cleatrice Pridgen in Baltimore,

Maryland. He was the oldest of 10 children along with 4 half siblings. He graduated from

Edmondson High School in 1964 and immediately entered the Air Force. His Air Force career

took him to Vietnam then on to Thailand, Cambodia and other countries. He was a man gifted

in picking up other languages. When the Air Force realized that gifting, they sent him all over to

the "hot spots" to gather information. He did that for 13 years and loved his service to our

country. He was discharged as circumstances of life demanded less travel and more stability.

He went straight from the Air Force to work in the USPS in many capacities including mail

carrier, some investigation work, teaching safe driving to some that struggled etc. with no break

in service. He retired from there in 2012. He met his wife, Janet, in 2014 and they were

married in 2015. Between them they had 9 children, 26 grandchildren and 10 great-

grandchildren. Joseph was raised in a Godly home but had many experiences that left him

wondering about God. However, God never left Joseph's side as he would realize later in his

life. He had several events that led him to church again in 2000 where he once again

surrendered his life to his Heavenly Father and began serving our King of Kings. Joseph lived the

rest of his life serving God by loving and teaching others the truth. He couldn't wait to share

with others what he had found. He always helped anyone in need. He developed a heart for the

homeless and once a month he and Janet went to the streets of Phoenix with others to provide

them with love, food, water, Bibles, encouragement and conversation. He never pushed

anyone but was always right there to share his God with anyone who had questions. Joe had

many passions and lived to help others. He enjoyed sports especially golf and loved horses and always cheered on the home

teams. You could find him at the Diamondbacks and AZ Cardinals games often. He also devoted

many hours to coaching baseball, teaching martial arts and spending time with his family. The

deepest desire of Joseph's heart was to meet God face to face and hear him say "well done

my good and faithful servant...Welcome home where you belong".

Survivors are wife, Janet Pridgen, children Chintana {Scott}, Matthew {Breann},

Zenus {Melinda} and Celestine {John}and Step children Michelle, Gregg, Christy, Amicia and

Axel, 26 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, 7 brothers and 1 sister.
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