Joseph K. Fly peacefully passed away at his home in Vero Beach, FL on November 25, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 23, 1959 in Memphis, TN. The youngest child of William H. Fly and Eulah Aileen Carlson. Joe leaves behind a legacy of achievements throughout many states he and his wife, Margaret lived in for the past 33 years with the last 10 as a Florida resident.
As a young businessman Joe began his career in the jewelry industry becoming a Gemologist where he spent 30 years enhancing various leading organizations operating as an executive role. Joe had a deep passion for driving sales, developing strong teams, and investing in people within numerous major corporations such as Zales Corporation, Friedman Jewelers, and Natures Bounty.
After many years of traveling, Joe embarked an early retirement in 2015. He brought to life another passion of owning a business which began with his nephew, Eric Behymer. Two retail furniture locations expanding into a successful Auction which he developed from an early admiration of his parents who owned an auction business in Memphis, TN. His love for this family business will forever be one of his greatest accomplishments.
Joe’s commitment and dedication of family was threaded throughout his life, having taken care of his parents and stepping in anywhere needed. He was always devoted to family alongside caring for others. Titling him as a true Northstar of family first throughout and beyond his entire life.
Joe and his wife Margaret began a toy drive in 2000, that continued annually having partnered within various states and local Children’s Hospitals. Truckloads of toys were delivered floor to floor and room by room to hundreds of children throughout the past 20 years giving real meaning to Christmas for those less fortunate.
While Joe achieved an extraordinary level of professional success, his family was always his priority. Joe will be commemorated as an incredible loving, caring and devoted husband and son. His great source of pride and love has and will always be his wife and soulmate, Margaret. Joe was a blessing to all who knew him and will be forever missed.
Joe is survived by his wife Margaret Fly: Siblings Butch(Janet) Fly, Steve Fly & along with Kevin Fly, Carol Ann Fly, Brooke Fly Spears(Thomas Spears), Ashley Fly(Rory Ledbetter, Penelope, Vivian), Carolyn Fly Ginski (Francis) Jack, Sawyer, Luke & Evangeline & Courtney Fly.
He is predeceased by grandparents Charles and Bessie Fly, William H. Fly, Eulah Aileen Carlson(Mother), Billy J. Carlson (Stepfather) and Cynthia Carlson (Sister).
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to:
Hospice House of Indian River County: vnatc.org
St Mary’s Childrens Hospital (palmbeachchildrens-foundation.org)
Hope for Families: hopeforfamiliescenter.org
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