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Joe Allen Nuckolls, 86

Joe Allen Nuckolls, 86

Joe Allen Nuckolls, age 86, of Etowah, died peacefully on Thursday morning, June 16, 2016 at the Elizabeth House.

Born on December 21, 1929, in Haywood County, he was the oldest son of the late Hugh and Minnie Mae Calhoun Nuckolls of Hendersonville. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Susan McDonald Nuckolls.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he attended N.C. State University and earned a degree in electrical engineering. He had a prolific career as an engineer and inventor with General Electric and later Hubbell Lighting until his retirement in 1996. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Rosa M. Nuckolls, one daughter Penny N. Tarleton and husband, Bob; two sons: Sam A. Nuckolls and Michael B. Nuckolls and wife, Lisa, all of Raleigh. One step-daughter,Sandra M. Settle and husband, Dan, of Rosewell, New Mexico. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; two brothers Edward W. Nuckolls and his wife, Blanca of Hendersonville and H. Paul Nuckolls of Ft. Myers, Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 1, 2016 in Thos. Shepherd’s Church Street Chapel. The interment will be private.

The family will be receiving friends from 11: 00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the Kanuga Conference & Retreat Center, on the 3rd Floor Lounge at 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, N.C., 28739.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.