Joseph Talmage Voliva

December 7, 1945 - October 22, 2022
Joseph Talmage Voliva

J.T. Voliva, age 76, a resident of Pamlico Beach, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 at the Post Acute Medical Specialty Medical Hospital of Rocky Mount, NC.

Joseph Talmage Voliva(J.T.) was born on December 7, 1945 to the late Joseph(Joe Ben) and Hazel (Foreman) Voliva in Pamlico Beach, NC.

J.T. would keep an eye on things from “the hill” where his father had the canal dug for his commercial fishing family. J.t. was part of many generations of the commercial fisherman, he certainly had a love of the water and especially shrimp boats. His first shrimp boat was the “Donnie” which he bought around the age of 18. He also had the “Hazel V”, the “Modock”, the “Miss Sandy IV”, the “Snooky Doodle”, the “Captain Dennis”, the “Captain George”, the “Papa’s Joy”, and the “Little Dipper”. His favorite pastime was looking at shrimp boats for sale that he “just might get”.

J.T. went to work as a deckhand and cook on a tugboat in his early teens, becoming a U.S. Merchant Mariner and sailing under the Seafarers International Union. He had many family members and friends in the world of tug boating, leaving a lot of great memories with so many.

J.T. in his later days would spend every morning down at the dock with his beloved dog Zeus (or as he would say, “Deuce”), enjoying the sun and making sure all was well with the boats. He would watch his grandkids fish off the bank or off the front of the “Miss Priscilla” and he loved to pass out some soft crabs from his shedder.

J.T. is survived by his two sons: Richard Theodore Voliva and Pickett Voliva (Renda), two daughters: Debra Brick (Scott) and Tina Harrison, 11 grandchildren with 1 on the way, and his 6 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way.

Along with his parents, J.T. was preceded in death by his son Joseph W. Voliva, his brother Jack Voliva and sister Lorraine Linton.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to be assisting the Voliva family.

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  • October 29, 2022
    Gerald nixon says:
    To Pickett,Debbie &richard I am truly sorry to read about your father’s death, I enjoyed working with him on various tugs always happy and joking around and a great friend. Gerald nixon

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    My prayers are with you all..Mr. JT always treated me with the utmost kindness and I want y'all to know that I will be praying for you all during these hard times of grieving ...may you find comfort and peace at the feet of Jesus..God bless you all and sending love and hugs to each of you❤️❤️❤️

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    Colin & Anita Bridgman says:
    Richard, Debbie, Picket, Tina and family, We are so sorry of JT passing. Cherish all your memories, they will bring you joy in thinking of him. He sure was one of a kind. A very special friend that we will miss. We will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts. May God bless each of you!

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