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Joseph Warren Carlin

July 17, 1925 - February 7, 2021

Joseph Warren Carlin (LCDR USN Ret) – 95, of Virginia Beach VA, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Feb 7, 2021. Joe is predeceased by his wonderful and dearly beloved wife of 57 years, Alice L Fortune Carlin.

Joe is also predeceased by his father Rev. Joseph E Carlin, his mother Ethelyn Oakes Carlin, his sister Ethelyn Carlin Watson and his brother Edwin Carlin.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Barbara C. Cali and husband Russ; grandson, Anthony Cali; granddaughter, Whitney Cali and partner Sarah Mead; great granddaughter, Audrey Cali Mead; two sisters-in-law, Margaret T. Carlin and Lois Fortune; the Fortune family; Lonergan family and the Rock family, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family and friends.

Joe was born July 17, 1925. He spent his childhood in Floral Park, NY.

As did most of his classmates, Joe enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 at age 18. He served until 1966 (serving on 8 ships), The USS Denver (Light Cruiser), The USS Token and USS Grosbeak, (Minesweepers) The USS Strong (Destroyer),  The USS Bennington, USS Lake Champlain , USS Leyte (Aircraft Carriers) and The USS San Marcos Amphibious Ship. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander. His last tour was on the staff of Commander Service Force, US Atlantic Fleet.

By God’s grace, while in the navy and visiting Norfolk in 1946, he met Alice in Norfolk on a blind date, married her; and daughter Barbara came along in 1950.

Joe attended Dartmouth College, Tufts University, Old Dominion University and the College of William and Mary.

Upon US Navy retirement in 1966 Joe taught general science and physics at Norview JHS,  Lake Taylor JHS and Booker T. Washington HS. Joe retired from teaching in 1984.

Joe was a devoted member of the Calvary Presbyterian Church since 1960 and served in many capacities both as an officer and worker.

In Joe’s spare time he enjoyed golf, reading, family activities and being a grandparent.

Joe and Alice were loving grandparents who were involved in every facet of their grandchildren’s lives; supporting them in everything they did from grade school through college; never missing a single game or major event.

Joe’s favorite scriptures were Proverbs 3:5-6, John 3:16, and 2Tim 3:16.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 150 Kempsville Rd. Norfolk, VA. with Rev. Mark J. Bender on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1pm. A gathering will follow the funeral service at the church.

Prior to the service Joe will be buried next to his wife at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA. with immediate family attending.

The memorial service will be live streamed. To view go to and search for Calvary Presbyterian Norfolk to find the link.

Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Calvary Presbyterian church, The Union Mission Ministries of Norfolk, The Salvation Army, or your local volunteer rescue squad.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm


Calvary Presbyterian Church

150 Kempsville Rd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502

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