John Allen “Joe” Hearns


Mr. John Allen “Joe” Hearns transitioned from life temporal to life eternal in Advent Health Hospital on April 14, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. He is preceded in death by his sisters: Ruth Brown, Catherine Laster, and Bernice Middliton; and brothers: Ulysse Hearns, Elry Hearns, Jr., and Robert Hearns.

Mr. Hearns was born on May 14, 1952 in Chattahoochee, Florida to Elry and Ruby Hearns. He moved to Malone, Florida and married Vickie Brelove on July 11, 1997. To this union two daughters:  Venisha and Jakivia Hearns were born. 

Joe worked for Oakley Trucking Company, Lily Industries, and Farley Nuclear Plant. After retiring from Farley Nuclear Plant he created his own business, Hearns Trucking Company and continued to work until his passing. Joe was very active in the community. He mentored several children and coached softball for many years. Some of those teams included the Blazin’ Heat, Snow Hill Sluggers, and Malone High School.   

Homegoing Celebration of Life services will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM CST from the sanctuary of the Snow Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Malone, Florida where the Reverend Adrienne McClendon is pastor. Interment in the Snow Hill Cemetery. Vann Funeral Home in charge. 

Mr. Hearns will lie in state at the church from 10:00 AM until time for the service.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Vann Funeral Home. 

Mr. Hearns is survived by his wife, Vickie Hearns; his daughters, Jacqueline Small; Sonya Hearns; Nicky Sheppard; Venisha Hearns (Chad); and Jakivia Hearns; his sons, Joe Hearns and Jarvis Baker; his sisters: Emma McKnight, Jessie Mae Hatchet, Louise (Mack) Taplin, and Rose (Paul) Simon; his brothers: Earnest Lee Hearns, William “Billy” (Cheryl) Hearns, and James Edward Hearns; special friend, Victoria King; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.