Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Joseph Starrette Ferebee

Joseph Starrette Ferebee, 101 years old, of Misenheimer passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Stanly Manor.  A private family funeral service and burial are planned and a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

Born February 24, 1919 in Davie County, NC he was the son of the late Joseph Garland Ferebee and Florence Foster Ferebee.  He was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII.  He was a graduate of Catawba College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He was a baseball coach and teacher at Boyden High School in Salisbury and professor and coach at Pfeiffer College.  He also coached American Legion Baseball in Rowan County for many years. 

He was married to the late Melba Willis Ferebee who preceded him in death in 2004.  He is survived by Jomelle Key of Stanly County, Joseph Ferebee Jr. of New London, Richard Hall Ferebee of Wilmington, and Mark Willis Ferebee of Charlotte., 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and a sister. 

Memorials may be made to the Ferebee Legacy Fund at Pfeiffer University Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 960, Misenheimer, NC 28109-0960.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Ferebee Family.


  • Ivey lsenhour Posted March 20, 2020 9:54 am

    Dear Joey, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Howard and Ivey Isenhour

  • Anne Miller Posted March 20, 2020 11:34 am

    So sad to read of the passing of Joe. He traveled with the Duke Powerful Retirees many years ago and I had the joy of meeting him and Melba. We corresponded for a while, still have his name in my address book. Such a joy to be around and pleasant with a beautiful smile. He lived such a good, long life, and what a fun life in sports teaching young folks. I am sure he was in inspiration to them all. Love and sympathy to the family.

  • Gary & Laura Hatley Posted March 21, 2020 8:13 am

    Joey, Rick, Mark & Family
    We are for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Your dad was a good man.
    Gary & Laura Hatley

  • Gary & Laura Hatley Posted March 21, 2020 8:14 am

    Joey, Rick, Mark & Family
    We are for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dad was a good man.
    Gary & Laura Hatley

  • Steve Almond Posted March 21, 2020 1:53 pm

    Joe will rest in peace. I’m proud to have known him.

  • Cecila Smith Posted March 22, 2020 3:54 pm

    Joey Keeping you and your family in thoughts and prayers It was such a pleasure to have known your Father! He touched my life! He was such a kind and Humble man ! Was a inspiration ! Enjoyed our talks when I worked at Spring Arbor!❤ CC Cecila Smith! ❤

  • Gerald Carpenter Posted March 25, 2020 7:39 am

    Coach Ferebee will be missed by many, but his legacy will live on. Heart felt condolences and thanks to all his family that unselfishly shared this wonderful man with the magnitudes that loved him

  • Laura L Leonard Posted March 26, 2020 7:52 am

    Coach Ferebee was a Monument of a man! He was a legend on and off the backfield. I had the pleasure of knowing him and Melba through American Legion baseball. They were two of the most wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. He will be missed greatly. Thoughts and prayers 🙏 and much love go out to Jomelle, Joey, Rick and Mark at this most difficult time.. God bless you all.

  • Jenny Hatley Posted March 27, 2020 11:19 am

    Prayers to you all. Coach Ferebee was special and I will always remember him from Pfeiffer days.

  • Joe & Dean Eller Posted March 27, 2020 1:05 pm

    We met Mr. Ferebee at a cemetery in Wilkes County where several family members were buried. Such an amazing gentleman. He told me so many stories while we were talking, I was amazed at all the knowledge he had one could have talked to him for day’s!! I only learned later that he was a great coach!! He was an uncle to Florence Finnegan, who was in the group along with the Safrit’s. From that day on we called him Uncle Joseph. Somewhere in our ancestry we were “cousins!! I just had my husband come and read his obituary! His words were oh no “Uncle Joseph”. How blessed we were to have met this wonderful ,humble, intelligent man. I know he is rejoicing in heaven with the loved ones gone before him! He has a new body so “praise be to God” for having met this wonderful man just for a day!! Joe & Dean Eller Winston Salem, NC.

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