Frederick James "Fred" Joseph

February 7, 1929
July 28, 2022
Charleston, WV

Frederick James "Fred" Joseph

Frederick James “Fred” Joseph, age 93 of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away peacefully with his loving wife Sara by his side on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Fred, the son of Ameen and Nahia Joseph, was born February 7, 1929, in Eskdale, West Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his brothers Ameen “Joe” Joseph, Jr. and Adle Joseph and his sisters Waudad Ameen, Idell Hamady, and Lucille Joseph.

Fred graduated Charleston High School in 1947 and attended Marshall University where he studied Business Administration.  In 1951, he was called to active duty and served two years in the Korean War.  Upon his return, he joined his father, brothers Joe and Adle, and brother-in-law William Hamady to form the grocery company Big Star Supermarkets, which expanded into 10 supermarkets throughout southern West Virginia.  Fred married Sara, the love of his life, in 1959.  They had 63 wonderful years together.

Fred is survived by his loving wife Sara, sons Frederick “Rick” Joseph (Mary) and Jeff Joseph (Lisa); grandchildren Seth Rose (Anna), Kaytlyn Joseph, and Jay Joseph; great-grandchildren Cole, Luke, and Tillie Rose; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Fred was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, the AF&AM Malden Lodge #27, Beni Kedem Shrine Temple, and Royal Order of Jesters.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling.  He will be remembered as a kind, patient, no-nonsense, hard-working gentleman.  He is beloved as a good father, grandfather, husband, and friend to many.

Funeral services will be at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, West Virginia, on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, with Rev. Dr. William C. Myers officiating.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon  until 2:00 p.m. with funeral services beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, West Virginia.

The family would like to thank all who lovingly cared for Fred toward the end of his life.  Special thanks to hospice and his caregivers Shawna, Lee, and Samantha, as well as the beautiful tribute CHAMR gave for his life’s accomplishments.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Beni Kedem Shriners Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2589, Charleston, West Virginia 25329 or to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. , Charleston, West Virginia 25387.

Memories of Fred may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is assisting the family with these arrangements.

5 replies
  1. Paul Smith says:

    I was blessed to know Fred when I worked for Food Haven Big Star starting in 1967. As I learned more about the grocery business, I learned to appreciate the Josephs even more. I am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing, he truly was a good man.

  2. Sam Lynch says:

    Fred was surely a great man !! My family and I were blessed to have known him and his loving family for years !! I am sorry to hear of his passing I pray for peace and comfort for his family in this time of sorrow !!

  3. Heartley Anderson Jr says:

    To the Joseph family our deepest condolences in the loss of Fred. I first met Fred in 1972 when working at the Virginia Street store. He was always very friendly and helpful with his knowledge of the grocery business. I saw him a couple times at the new store on Spring street and he was always glad to talk. My wife and I will be praying for the family.
    Sharon and Heartley Anderson Jr

  4. Sacha Uelmen says:

    Uncle Fred was such a sweet and kind soul! I have great memories of playing pool at your house along with my dad and Uncle Fred was so good! It was fun seeing the two of them “play”. Love to Aunt Sarah, Rick and Jeff.

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  • Wednesday, August 3
  • 12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm

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  • Wednesday, August 3
  • 2:00 pm