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Dr. Joseph Woodfin Preston, age 77, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at his home after a long illness. A memorial celebration of his life as minister of music will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, in the Historic Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the service time.

Joe was a native of Eatonton. He graduated from Putnam County High School as a Blue Devil. He also graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a Masters Degree, attended Southern Baptist Seminary earning another Masters Degree. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy and Music Education. He served several Baptist Churches as Minister of Music, adding youth and senior citizens through the years. Joe served the Eatonton First Baptist and the Eatonton First Methodist Churches during the Summers of College. Joe was a dedicated member of the Centry Men. The group performed in America and many other countries including China, Poland, The Holy Land and Brazil.

Dr. Preston is survived by his wife of 54 years, Brenda Drake Preston of Eatonton; daughters, Melissa Lohmeier of AR, Amanda Foster of Woodstock and Kathryn Rivers of NC; grandchildren, Quinn, Toby, Jacob and Amelia.

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Williams Funeral Home of Eatonton has charge of arrangements.