In Loving
Memory

Joseph Edwin Morales

October 28, 1958 – May 26, 2024

Joseph “Joe” Edwin Morales, 65, of Mechanicsville, passed away on May 26, 2024, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Luis Morales and Mary Correa Morales-Fluhr; and his sister Diana Troy.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 42 years, Susan; his four children, Christina Morales-Eddy (Jim), Mary Potter (Donny), Victoria, and Joseph Jr; and his eight grandchildren whom he adored, Aiden, Abigail, Matthew, Madison, Olivia, Mackenzie, William, and James. He is also survived by his sisters, Maria Rosario, Desiree Bernstein (Bob), Ileana Guth (Joe), Vilma Miranda (Ricky), Angela Morales Rios, and Jenny Morales; brother-in-law Rich Troy; his cousins, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Brooklyn.

Joe was born and raised in the Marlboro Projects in Brooklyn, NY with his sisters. He got his first paper route at the age of 11, loved playing baseball as a young boy and taking the metro to watch his beloved New York Yankees. As a young boy, Joe always had a strong faith in God and attended church with his family. He graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY in 1976. He went on to play baseball at College of Sequoias Community College in Visalia, CA. He then transferred to Long Beach State where he played for the 49ers baseball team and received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating, Joe signed on to play Minor League Baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers. His teammates knew him as “Jumpin’ Joe Morales” for his excellent shortstop skills, but he was also known for witnessing to others about the love of Jesus. While playing for the Burlington Bees in Burlington, Iowa, he met the love of his life Susan.

Joe and Susan traveled all over the United States from Montana, to California, to Texas, to Wisconsin, to Iowa, and to Virginia. The last minor league baseball team Joe played for was the Salem Red Birds. Born with a calling to uphold the law and protect the innocent, Joe retired from baseball and became a Roanoke City Police Officer. He became one of the first D.A.R.E. instructors in the state of Virginia. During this time, Joe also completed his Masters degree in Criminal Justice at Radford University.

Joe went on to work with the U.S. Marshal Service where he started as a Criminal Investigator in Norfolk, Virginia and had the opportunity to travel all over the world and the United States. He was then promoted to Judicial Security Inspector for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia. After 25 years of service, Joe retired as Assistant Chief Deputy for the Office of Court Security. In Joe’s downtime, he spent time with his four children. Whether it was coaching little league games, attending sports and school events, or simply lending a listening ear, he was always there for his children, guiding them with patience, wisdom, and unwavering support. Due to his love of baseball, Joe continued to participate in the Law Enforcement Slow Pitch Softball League in Virginia Beach, VA getting to play with his fellow co-workers and friends. Joe also found solace and strength in his faith, attending men’s church groups and participating in church activities with enthusiasm. His dedication to serving others and his unwavering commitment to his beliefs inspired those around him and left a lasting impact on all who knew him.

Shortly after retirement, Joe was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Joe’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease was a testament to his strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges he faced, he never lost his sense of humor, his infectious smile, or his ability to bring joy to those around him. Joe spent his retirement watching the New York Yankees, attending VCU and JMU Basketball, Football, and Baseball games, cheering on his grandkids’ sports and school events, working out at the Atlee YMCA, and learning to play golf.

If you knew Joe, he never met a stranger and always knew someone wherever he went. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his legacy of love and faith will continue to live on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to have been touched by his presence.

We want to thank the Bon Secours Hospice team, especially James, Cassandra, and Jen for their care during his last days.

The family will receive visitors from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Parkway Richmond, VA 23294. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately after, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private.

Click here to view the live-streamed funeral service for Joseph Edwin Morales.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060 or online at www.alz.org so that one day there will be a cure.

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