Joseph (Joe ) Mehalick of Myrtle Beach, SC passed away peacefully, Sunday March 10, 2019 at the age of 86.
Joe was born on May 15, 1932, in Morristown, NJ to the late Joseph and Jennie Bentley Mehalick of Boonton, NJ. In addition to his parents, he is preceded by his brother Albert Mehalick and sister Joanne Mehalick Harper.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 25 years, Frances Ellen Washburn Mehalick and their children, Scott Mehalick of Holden Beach, NC, Kent Mehalick of Wilmington NC and Kim Mays Ford of Myrtle Beach SC.
Joe will be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren, Olivia Mehalick, Kyle Ford and Kristopher Ford, his sister Dorothy Mehalick Kline and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe ‘Boonton Bomber’ attended Boonton High School. He on the varsity football team from 1946 to 1950 and elected to ALL State teams in both football and baseball. In 2001, he was inducted into the BHS Hall of Fame for football and baseball. He was the first BHS graduate to be drafted to the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1954.
Joe graduated from the University of Virginia in 1955 with a BS Degree in Physical Education. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and served as VP of the School Education, member of the Honor Committee and Co-captain of the UVA football team. He was also a member of the UVA Boxing team and awarded an All-American Honorable Mention in the Heavy Weight boxing division.
Joe served with the U.S. Army as a 1st Lt. in Korea 1955-1957. He was the assistant football coach of the I Corp team and was a member of Far East All Army football team. He played in the Air Force vs Army Rice Bowl 1956. Army won the game. Afterwards, he was selected to the 1956 Army Times All-Army Football Team.
Prior to moving to Myrtle Beach in 1993, Joe sold life insurance for Prudential in Boonton, NJ (1957), owned/operated Tri-Boro Cleaners and Laundry in Bloomingdale, NJ (1958-1970), Business partner and President of JM Properties INC and Vice President of the Carolina Material Handling, Inc. in Greensboro, NC (1970-1997). In 1997, he and Frances retired to North Myrtle Beach, SC.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations in Joe’s name to the following:
Robert L ‘Pete’ Potter Memorial Scholarship Fund at the McCallie School, 500 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404 www.mccallie.org
(established 1996 by Joe Mehalick)
Celebration Presbyterian Church, 2300 Carolina Forrest Blvd, Myrtle Beach SC 29579
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at the Celebration Presbyterian Church, 2300 Carolina Forrest Blvd., Myrtle Beach with Pastor Thomas G. Dendy officiating.
Condolences may be made at www.burroughsfh.com