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Joseph Eugene Counts, 68, of Pomaria died at Saturday May 4, 2019 at his residence.

Born on July 10, 1950 in Newberry, he was the son of the late Henry C. and Cecilia Martin Counts. He received his undergraduate degree from Newberry College and his Masters degree from Winthrop University and was a retired Elementary School teacher. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed music and was an accomplished artist. He was a volunteer Ambassador at the Newberry Opera House. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. He was an advocate for animal rites and was always willing to help anyone in need.

He is survived by his sister, Charlsie Doolittle and her husband J.C. of Pomaria; nieces, Paige Graham and her husband Edward of Pomaria and Laura L. Doolittle of Pomaria; great nieces, Taylor, Madison, and Harper Graham; a great-nephew, Daniel Doolittle; and many special cousins.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 Monday, May 13, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church by the Rev. Michael Price. The family will receive friends following the service. The family will be at the home of J.C. And Charlsie Doolitlle. Memorials may be made to Pets, Inc. P.O. Box 6394, West Columbia, S.C. 29169 or to Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29212.

Those present to celebrate his life are honorary pall bearers.

A note of remembrance may be written to the family by clicking the "Add Comment" link below.



#29 Ingrid Carson 2019-05-11 12:09
The angels will enjoy Joe s sense of humor. I will miss him and his talent to lighten and liven the art meetings and classes.
#28 Barbara Miller 2019-05-08 22:49
Joe will be missed. He was one of those people whose interests were so varied that he had a vast army of friends. I met Joe through our mutual interests in animal welfare causes. My late husband Franklin knew him as a fellow artists, one of the first friends he made when we moved to Newberry in 1992. It was always fun to share a hug when we met each other at an Opera House event. A good man gone too soon.
#27 Jean Kirkley 2019-05-08 18:57
I know Joe through the Crooked Creek Art League. As membership chair, I sometimes received his dues with a clever note which revealed his sense of humor, intelligence and caring nature.Everyone will miss Joe because he always shared his loving and positive attitude when one encountered him. I am very sad, and our membership at
Crooked Creek Art League will miss Joe and his art.I think he knew how much we loved him.
#26 Dolly Blount 2019-05-07 19:18
Charlsie and family We are very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. May God hold all you in his loving arms and comfort you. Love Dolly and Wayne Blount
#25 Janet Edens 2019-05-07 14:25
My condolences. I first met Joe at Original Works where he had some of his paintings, and always enjoyed running into to him at CCAL. We would talk about art and cats. So thankful to have met him. He will be missed by so many. You are in my prayers
#24 Ann V. Peake 2019-05-07 10:24
Joe was a lovely gentle man and always there with a compliment. He will be missed in the Crooked Creek Art League where he was a participating member.
#23 Karen Larrabee 2019-05-07 10:22
I am blessed to have known Joe through the Crooked Creek Art League. He was a kind, sweet man who was talented with his words, his flowers and his paint brush. He will be missed. Prayers.
#22 Donna Reid 2019-05-07 10:07
I will miss Joe so much but I know he is finally at peace. Joe was a wonderful friend and fellow artist and his passing has left great sadness at Crooked Creek Art League.
#21 tommy d thompson 2019-05-07 09:38
I know Joe through various art meetings, workshops and lectures in Chapin. Joe was always willing to heap praise on other artists in our art league. Joe was extremely talented too, and never hesitated to share his wisdom.
Sorry to hear about his passing.
#20 Karen Short 2019-05-07 09:30
I* am shocked at Joe's passing. We spoke on the phone often and he was a good friend. His love of animals was well known. His kindness and generosity touched all of us. I am sad today but happy Joe is with the Lord and at peace.
#19 Linda Lathrop 2019-05-07 09:14
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I valued Joe's friendship all thru school and afterwards. I will really miss him.
#18 Ruby DeLoach 2019-05-07 08:55
I will miss my art buddy and friend. May he rest in his eternal home.
#17 Bobbie C King 2019-05-06 22:25
Joe was a true friend and always to put a smile on your face with his funny stories. He loved his community and church. He was talented and a great artist. Joe will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Charlsie and family.
#16 Phyllis McKay 2019-05-06 21:25
So very sorry to hear about your loss. May God bless you during these sad times. Thoughts and.prayers to all the family.
#15 Jackie Riddle 2019-05-06 21:18
As Children, JOE and I had a wonderful childhood together! We loved playing MONOPOLY, CONCENTRATION, and playing chase and other outside games! We also enjoyed our SATURDAY walks to downtown Pomaria to CHRIS KOON’S store where we would purchase a drink and a honey bun and make our way to Pomaria Park to play in the CREEK. On our way home we would stop and talk to Mrs. Hentz and then go through the dirt road by Lois and Kathlene’s home. I was always scared of them. Then we would visit the little white church. Joe and I were like Brother and Sister. He was always so very special to me. I will miss him so much, but I know he is so HAPPY HAPPY in HEAVEN with AUNT CELCIA, UNCLE HENRY, AUNT MAT and UNCLE JIM.RIP JOE, THANKS FOR ALL the WONDERFUL MEMORIES, I WILL NEVER FORGET
#14 Sheriff Lee Foster 2019-05-06 19:50
We are so very sorry to have learned of the passing of Joe. He was a very kind man with a heart of gold. My mother always said you could tell the quality of a person by how they loved and treated animals. May God continue to be with you. Lee, Carol, Joseph, and Amelia
#13 Rosann Lester 2019-05-06 19:25
Charlsie and JC - So sorry to hear about your brother. I talked with him at least one time at Pomaria and I certainly could tell he was your brother and a kind gentle person! God bless you all! Love Rosann
#12 Arden Hallman 2019-05-06 17:36
So deeply sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. Truly a wonderful and compassionate Christian gentleman. He will be missed.
#11 Dottie Sheeley 2019-05-06 11:45
Charlsie and Family, I write this with extreme sadness after hearing of Joe's passing. Joe and I went all through school as well as Church together. We had so many good times sharing laughter and friendship. Joe and my Mother also had such good times at Choir Practice. I'm sure they have now picked up right where they left off. We will all miss him on Earth but what a joy he will bring others in Heaven. We can treasure the good times and wonderful memories he left us.
#10 Peggy Bowers 2019-05-06 10:18
Charlsie, I am devastated to learn of Joe's passsing. We have both spoken about this a number of times. I shall treasure all the memories, a quick dash by his house to grab some magnolia leaves, our quick, but very lengthy conversations. He was such a talented person and friend. Rest in Pease, Jocephus! I will surely miss you.
#9 Beverly Hawkins 2019-05-06 09:44
I will forever miss my kind, humorous, creative and long-time friend Joe.
#8 Cindy Leitzsey 2019-05-06 09:39
I loved talking to Joe.When we met anywhere usually at Walmart he called me Sister Cindy and I would always say Uncle Joe back to him.He could make me laugh and it made my day.Gonna truly miss him so much Prayers are with ya lol today and always Cindy
#7 Melodie Merck Waters 2019-05-06 07:51
I was so shocked and saddened to hear about "Mr. Joe". He had become a tremendous part of our Grace Lutheran family. He had a beautiful spirit, always quietly contributing his time and talents. He looked out for fellow church members who he knew were lonely and needed a friend. He would set his plants and flowers in the church to "beautify this beautiful place" as he put it. He could always make me laugh even when he didn't really mean to. He will be missed greatly as he was loved greatly.

Melodie (Merck) Waters & family
#6 Lynn Wessinger 2019-05-06 05:53
To Joe's family,
Joe was a dear friend and I am so glad we had the chance to reconnect since he began coming to Grace Church. He will be missed by so many and my heart goes out to all of you. Prayers are with you.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#5 Susan Suber 2019-05-05 21:56
The world is less colorful without my oldest and dearest friend today and the Animal Kingdom has lost its most devoted advocate. Charlsie, thank you for sharing your brother with me. He loved you so very much. Haley Clare, Russell and I considered him our family, too. I am so grateful to have been his friend. God bless you all.
#4 Donna Jacobs 2019-05-05 20:13
Charlsie and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Joe. I was completely shocked when Pastor Michael made the announcement today. I knew him from MCHS and reconnected at Grace Lutheran. It was a pleasure knowing and interacting with him. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. Donna Shealy Jacobs.
#3 Wendy Riley 2019-05-05 16:48
My husband Michael and I are so sorry to hear about Joe. He was such a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed.
#2 Rhonda Lindler 2019-05-05 16:42
We are so very sad to hear of Joe's death. He was such a fun loving character. He would come visit us at the shop and we enjoyed his sense of humor so much. He will be greatly missed.
Rhonda Lindler
Betty Dominick
#1 Richard & Anne Ringer 2019-05-05 14:55
>so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We have lost a wonderful friend, cuz and neighbor. We are deeply saddened. Rest in peace.