Mr. Queen was born in Jonesville, May 28, 1922, a son of the late Robert Milford Queen and Lola McKinney Queen Rochester. He retired from JP Stevens - Jonesville Plant after 40-plus years of service. Mr. Queen also retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural carrier. He was a member of Jonesville Baptist Church where he was a member of the Ivey White Sunday School Class; was a life member of VFW Post 9539 in Spartanburg; a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 22 in Jonesville; a member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association and a member of the Escort Carrier Sailors and Airmen Association. Mr. Queen was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in World War II aboard the USS Sagamon. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed.
Surviving are a daughter, Tami Queen Fowler of Woodruff; two sons, Earl Queen and wife Ann of Jonesville and Doug Queen of Buffalo; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren with one more expected; a sister, Velma Rochester Gregory of Jonesville; aunt and uncle, Lewis and Agnes Purkey of Jonesville; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law: Maurice and Jo Ann Cordell of Union, William C. "Bud" Foster of Spartanburg and Keith Robinson of Jonesville; several nieces, nephews and special friends, John Earl and Frankie Hogan of Pacolet. Mr. Queen was predeceased by three sisters, Louise West, Yvonne Harvey and Edna Queen; a brother, Junior Queen; a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Queen and step-father, Frank Rochester.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Jonesville Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Ralph Brown.
Members of Mr. Queen’s Sunday School Class of Jonesville Baptist Church are asked to sit in a group.
Visitation will be held 6-8 Wednesday evening at the Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
The family is at the home, 129 Hames Ave., Jonesville, 29353.
S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home (www.holcombefuneralhomes.com)