The Rev. Joseph C. Eckstine, born in Hagerstown, Md. on Dec. 4, 1925, died in Jacksonville on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Joe and his wife Ruth were longtime residents of Magnolia Bluff, Eastpoint.

He was a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church, USA, last serving in that capacity in Port St. Joe.

Rev. Eckstine was a combat infantryman of World War II, awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He was a graduate of Southwestern College in Memphis, Tenn. and from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Rev. Eckstine is survived by his wife Ruth B. Eckstine, three daughters Randi (Jesse) Hamner, Gena (Steve) Sager, and Virginia (Greg) McMillan; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the Westminster Woods on Julington Creek auditorium in Jacksonville on Wednesday afternoon, March 26.

In addition there will be an interment service in the Memorial Garden Columbarium at Trinity Church, 79 6th Street, Apalachicola at 3 p.m. on Good Friday, April 18. Family will visit with friends after these services.