Joseph Clarence “Joey” Hedspeth, III

December 15, 1968 - April 16, 2023

12/15/1968 - 04/16/2023

Past Services

Friday April 21, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, North Carolina
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
252-539-1001 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday April 22, 2023
10:00 am
Conway Cemetery
North Church Street
Conway, NC 27820

CONWAY, NC – Joseph “Joey” Clarence Hedspeth, III, age 54, of Phillips Hill Rd. passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at his home.

Joey was born in Emporia, Virginia on December 15, 1968 to Mr. Joseph Clarence Hedspeth, Jr. and Mrs. Hilda Hedspeth Edwards.  Joey graduated from Franklin High School and went on to attend Chowan University. During his career with Union, he was a dedicated boilermaker who traveled extensively around the United States, wherever the mission took him.

Joey enjoyed the outdoors and found simple pleasures in fishing and hunting. His other hobbies included his love of Motorsports like racing and collecting cars worthy of being restored. Joey was tremendously proud of his family’s legacy in Conway, North Carolina, as reflected by a street named after his grandfather. He was involved in the ownership and preservation of buildings and structures in the town, some of which were built by his grandfather “Mossie”. His untimely passing has left an enormous void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.

To be around Joey was to feel the warmth and joy he brought to everyone he met. He was a giver, gladly assisting anyone who asked for his help. Joey cherished his family. He had a deep and abiding love for each and every one of them. He maintained frequent contact with his mother, brother, nephews, and niece, never taking those opportunities to connect, for granted. He was a devoted and doting father to his one and only child, Joseph.  He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and the memories he left behind will be forever treasured by those who revered him most. Joey was dearly loved by his family, and our hearts are broken by the revelation of his passing. He left an indelible imprint on many people’s lives, and his absence will be difficult to bear.

Joey is preceded in death by his father Joseph Clarence Hedspeth Jr., his paternal grandparents, Joseph “Mossie” Clarence Hedspeth, Sr. and Ira Nelle Woodard Hedspeth, his maternal grandparents, George Thomas Babb and Jane Ellen Turner Babb.

Joey is survived by his mother, Hilda Hedspeth Edwards, his brother, George Douglas Hedspeth and wife, Lori; his son, Joseph Clarence Hedspeth, IV; a niece, Courtney Hedspeth; two nephews, Connor Hedspeth and wife Chloe, and Camden Hedspeth; three great nieces, Blakely,Rylee, and, Tenley, his Aunt Rose B. Rose of Walters, VA, and other numerous extended family.

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 21, 2023, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square, NC.

A celebration of life graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 10:00 am at the Conway Cemetery, Conway, NC with Pastor Willie McLawhorn officiating.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Hedspeth family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting


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John and Virginia Babb Carr
11 months ago

Hilda and family – I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you ??

Robert & Mary Byrum
11 months ago

Hilda, Rose, and rest of the family. So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Holly Mein
11 months ago

I am truly sorry for your loss.

Ricky Vinson
11 months ago

Rip Joey! You were always a great friend an im gonna miss you! May the Lord be by yourside!

Andy/Mischa Hawkins
11 months ago

To the Hedspeth Family.We are sorry for your loss and want to express our condolences. No words or act of kindness will ever fill this void. However, know we are here for continued support for you and your family as you have always been there for ours. We love you guys and will continue to keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. May Joey rest in peace now and forever.

Holly Doyle
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Beverly Mineo
11 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with Joey’s family at this difficult time. I remember him from a little boy and growing up in Conway, until i left there. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing.

Melinda Allen
11 months ago

Hilda Doug and the rest of the Hedspeth family I am so sorry to hear of Joey’s passing. My heart is broken… May God keep you in his healing hands….

Jessie Ramon
11 months ago

Hilda , I pray for you and Joey, may our Lord comfort you.
Doug, what is there to say , but this poem says it best. Love you my son.

Robert Dunlow
11 months ago

I’m sorry for y’alls lost.Joey was a good friend of mind.RIP Joey.