He was born Dec. 29, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, son of Ernest A. and Serrelda "Sally" Pulliam Slinkard.
Joe worked for Mid-West Conveyor in Kansas City, Kan., 10 years, moving back to Oak Ridge in 1993. His health began failing in 1994.
Loving survivors include a son, Jimmy Slinkard, and a daughter, Rachel Slinkard, of Oak Ridge; his parents of Oak Ridge; four brothers, Ernest "Bub" Slinkard and Roger Slinkard of Oak Ridge, David Slinkard of Cape Girardeau, Dennis Slinkard of Daisy; six sisters, Deborah Wolfe, Sis Slinkard and Karen Chamness of Oak Ridge, Lisa Hollowell of Cape Girardeau, Sandra Slinkard of Leopold, Mo., Stacy Slinkard of Jackson; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Revs. Mark Culberson and Ronnie Brown officiating. Interment will be in Cook Cemetery at Scopus, Mo.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 10803 Olive Boulevard, Suite 200, St. Louis, MO 63141.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mccombsfuneralhome.com.