JOSEPH ROGER “SHAKER” BROADNAX, the only son of the late Percy Broadnax and Emma Lawson Broadnax, was born on October 27, 1930, in Warren County, North Carolina, and answered God’s call to eternal rest and peace on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Halifax Regional Medical Center, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Joseph was a life-long resident of the Elams community and became a member of the Elams Chapel United Church of Christ. He was often characterized by community neighbors as the “Mayor” of Elams because of his wisdom, curiosity, and wit.
His formal education was received in the Warren County Public School System. During his early years, he was fascinated with bicycles, cars and amenities that most young men his age only dreamed of. He was known for his swift and speedy gestures. He enjoyed connecting with nature, bonding with domestic animals, observing his artifacts, and working in his garden.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Clayton Broadnax; his granddaughter, Artisha Alston; four sisters, Annie Tabb, Rebecca Brown, Maggie Wilkins, and Bernice Lassiter.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious moments shared and the cherished memories of his life are his children, Lowell Mason and Clementine Campbell (Special friend, James) of Henrico, NC, Joseph Randolph (Nettie) of Durham, NC, Brenda Dean Alston (Walter) of Richmond, VA, Vanessa Broadnax (Special friend, Michael) of Lawrenceville, VA, and Willie Broadnax (Charlene) of Rocky Mount, NC; ten grandchildren, Atoya (Keon), Jospeh, Jr., Trevor, Walter, Jr., Isaiah, Delsin, Tamaria, Monique, Rodney, and Jaden; four great-grandchildren, Makiah, Xiomara, Jordyn, and Cam’ron; two sisters-in-law, Helen Wilkins (William) of Littleton, NC, and Ernestine White of Richmond, VA; seven brothers-in-law, Wilbert Tabb of Gaston, NC, Odell, Charlie Wade, and Clarence of Henrico, NC, Henry of Emporia, VA, and Thermon and Rufus Jr. of Richmond, VA; a dedicated, committed friend, Ledell Ross; a loyal friend, Theodore Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, and his constant companion, his dog, Roscoe.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at the Elams Chapel United Church of Christ, 203 Ebony Road, Littleton, NC. Apostle Gregory L. Daniels will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose until 8:30 P.M. on Friday evening, August 15, 2014, at the funeral home.