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Joseph Jividen

September 23, 1930 — June 19, 2021

Joseph Edwin Jividen passed away on 19 June 2021 after living a full and rewarding life. He is survived by his wife Betty Jo Chapman Jividen; 4 children, Linda Kaye Jividen, Douglas Edwin Jividen and wife Cheryl, Kyle Chapman Jividen and wife Sherry, Thomas Lee Jividen and wife Lisa; 9 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister and a son, Michael.

As a child Mr. Jividen was the son of a tobacco sharecropper and a homemaker in northern Kentucky. Born in Newport, Ky he attended schools in Carroll and Owen County. While attending New Liberty School, he met the love of his life, Betty Jo Chapman. They were married in December 1951 at the Wheatley Baptist Church parsonage just before he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

After marriage and boot camp in New York, the happy couple moved around courtesy of assignments to Texas, followed by Florida, Labrador, Ohio, Colorado, Okinawa, Florida, South Carolina and finally settled in Universal City, Texas. During their travels, they always found and attended a Baptist church, assisted with Sunday School, became active members and he a Deacon. While stationed in Okinawa (1963-1965), the couple helped to establish a new church, Koza Baptist Church, which is still in existence today 54 years later.

After 26 years of active duty, he retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. One of his roles with the Air Force was to help develop a computer program that would assist in maintaining a list of all enlisted personnel keeping track of their promotions. He received several commendations for his work. He returned to work in the Civil Service and worked an additional 20 years where he maintained the military records of officers and their rank.

Joe Ed was known for his enduring love for his wife and children. His love for God, family, and country was his life’s work. He enjoyed serving others and sharing Jesus’ unconditional love with all he met. He was a great role model for those who knew and worked with him.

He was an avid sports fan of both the Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Longhorns. Over the years he has coached his sons’ baseball teams and taught them how to golf, hunt, fish and camp. He was an umpire or referee for football, basketball and softball games throughout his Air Force career. He and his wife enjoyed bowling and playing cards with close friends.  He was known for his gardening skills and sharing the bountiful harvest with many.

Over the past 11 years, Joe Ed was a devoted husband to his wife Betty as they moved into Sodalis Elder Living Care. The staff came to enjoy his antics as he played jokes on them, chatted with them, sang them songs, asked questions about their lives, and got to know them. He assisted with the twice weekly bingo games, calling out the number. In his final days, numerous staff members would come by to say their good-byes and how much they enjoyed knowing him.  The family would like to thank the staff at Sodalis who cared for him over the years and a special thanks to Hope Hospice for their care during his final months.

Joe Ed was a devoted Christian, a loving husband and father, a good friend and role-model for those who knew him. He was welcomed home to our Lord and Savior where he waits for his beloved wife.

The Funeral Service will be at the Universal City First Baptist Church at 11:00 am on Friday, June 25 th . Live Streaming of the Funeral Service can be viewed here:

A private interment will be at Ft Sam Houston at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Joseph's name to First Baptist Church of Universal City - Building Fund at link below:


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First Baptist Church Universal City
  • 1401 Pat Booker Rd
    Universal City, TX 78148
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