American Veteran 01

Joseph W. "Joe" Sink, Jr.

March 24, 1953 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 68)


Joseph William Sink, 68, of Wake Forest, was called home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Joseph and Helen Sink.

A Vietnam War veteran, Joe served four years on the USS Sacramento, a combat support ship in the Gulf of Tonkin. 

When Joe returned to Pittsburgh, he worked at J & L Steel for about 10 years. During that time he used his GI Bill to attend college part time, and he eventually earned a degree in electrical engineering. He moved to Raleigh, NC in 1990 and over the years he worked for Eaton, Siemens and Burndy.

Joe was an active member of Library Baptist Church in Finleyville, PA, assisting with the youth program. He later joined Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh where he enjoyed ushering, working with small groups and the new membership class, and volunteering often at the Mission's Thrift Store.

Joe was passionate about life. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, and he was a world traveler who loved road trips and cruising, which took him to such places as Alaska, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Russia, Cuba, Ireland, Greece, and South America. He was truly interested in how others live around the world and always felt blessed to return to America.  He enjoyed watching his grandsons play sports, and he was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. 

Over a year ago Joe was diagnosed with a very rare cancer: multicentric angiosarcoma of the bone. Despite being told his cancer was terminal, he underwent several types of treatments as he fought to extend his life. He was an inspiration to his family and friends during his battle because he cherished life so much and kept his faith in God to see him through the journey.

Joe is survived by his wife, Patricia O'Neal Sink; daughters, Inga Pearson (Jeremy) and Missy Clifton (Kevin); brother, Carl Faust (Larue); sister, Helen Danko (Joe); grandchildren, Jimi, Jack, Tyler, and Dane, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his sister, Christine Porupsky. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Foundation of America or Crossroads Fellowship Building Fund.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Wehbie and the other caregivers at Rex Cancer Center at Wakefield, and Dr. Bayard Powell and Dr. Paul Savage of Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, and the doctors and nurses who cared for Joe at Rex Hospital.

A public graveside funeral service will be held at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, November 20, 2021 at Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family following the graveside service. Due to Covid, a small private service will be held prior to the public graveside funeral service.


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Graveside Service
November 20, 2021

2:30 PM
Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery

Wake Forest, NC 27587

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