Dr. Joseph Coleman Yarbrough, Jr of Mt. Pleasant, SC, husband of 63 years to Harriet Travers Yarbrough, died Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, in his home surrounded by his family.
Joe was born July 21, 1934, in Alamance County, NC and was the son of the late Mr. Joseph Coleman Yarbrough, Sr and the late Helen Oldham Yarbrough. He grew up in Anderson, SC and graduated from Boys High School. He attended Duke University, Wake Forest University and then graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina (now MUSC) in 1959. Joe served an internship and residency at the University of Iowa where he received a graduate degree in ophthalmology in 1963. He practiced Ophthalmology in Anderson, SC at Medicus from 1963 until his retirement in 1996. In 1986 Joe was given the Honor Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) for his leadership and contributions in ophthalmology. He was a charter member of the Practitioner Advisory Faculty of the AAO and served as chairman for 3 years. He also served as chairman of the Joint Recertification Committee for the AAO.
Joe served as a Major in the Army Reserves.
Joe was a long time active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson, SC and served on vestry numerous times. When he retired to the Isle of Palms, SC, he became active with the Church of the Holy Cross on Sullivan's Island, SC. Joe was active in Stephen Ministry and nationally with Faith Alive.
Joe loved traveling and became a pilot. He thoroughly enjoyed being on the water at Lake Hartwell and in the Atlantic Ocean and relished the comradery of his fishing trips. He loved being in the mountains skiing, being on the tennis court, or on the golf course with family and friends. Above all else he was a loving husband, wonderful father and grandfather. So generous of his time and many gifts.
Joe is survived by his wife, Harriet Travers Yarbrough; daughter, Lynn Yarbrough Landreth (William Michael Landreth) of Naples, FL, and their children, William Travers Landreth and Joseph Reems Landreth; son, James Dennis Yarbrough Sr (Elizabeth Vallotton Yarbrough) Greenville, SC, and children, James Dennis Yarbrough Jr, Mary Louise Yarbrough and Joseph Maxwell Yarbrough; son William Dwight Yarbrough (Jennifer Allen Yarbrough) of Daniel Island, SC, and his children, Caroline Ivey Yarbrough, Joseph Coleman Yarbrough, and their daughter Ella Carter Yarbrough; and Linsey Madison Yarbrough, Marshall's daughter, who they adopted.
Joe was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph Coleman Yarbrough III and Marshall Edward Yarbrough, and by his sister, Ann Yarbrough Reeves.
The funeral services will be held at The Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The family will greet friends after the service. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson, SC. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends at the home of Jim and Elizabeth Yarbrough of Greenville, SC.
Arrangements are made by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc, Mount Pleasant Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, SC and the burial is directed by The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church of the Holy Cross or charity of your choice.