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Joseph Robert Desimone dies at 84

Joseph Robert Desimone, 84, of McRoberts, died December 13 at Pikeville Medical Center.

Born in Jenkins to the late Vinzenso and Anna DeSidore Desimone, he was a general mine foreman, and was retired after 37 years with Beth Energy Corporation.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, and had served in the Korean War.

He was a member of the St. George Catholic Church in Jenkins, and the United Mine Workers of America.

Surviving are his wife, Ramona Rife Desimone; a daughter, Teresa Desimone of Hilton Head, S.C.; four sons, Gregory Joseph Desimone and Geoffrey Jerome Desimone, both of Lexington, and Steven Anthony Desimone and Michael Raymond Desimone, both of Hilton Head, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass was held December 17 at St. George Catholic Church. Burial was in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton, Va.

Polly & Craft Funeral Home of Jenkins had charge of arrangements.

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