Joseph Francis Rossidivito, age 84, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, surrounded by family at his home in Sandersville. Funeral services will take place in the May and Smith Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, June 28, at 2:00 P.M. with burial to follow in the Memorial Gardens. Reverend Gary Griffin will officiate. Pallbearers will be members of the Sandersville Fire Department.

Joe Rossidivito was born on April 1, 1937, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He was one of eight children in a loving Italian family that was raised in Trenton, New Jersey. During his late teens, his family migrated south to Flagler Beach, Florida. At the age of 18, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Elgin Air Force Base near Pensacola, Florida. Following his military service, Joe worked for Gulf Oil Company in Atlanta for 35 years before moving to Sandersville. Joe spent the remainder of his working career with the Sandersville Fire Department, serving as Captain, with a combined service tenure of over 30 years.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Mercurio Rossidivito and Josephine Gorassi Rossidivito; brothers, Pat Rossidivito, Mark Rossidivito, and Gene Rossidivito; and sisters, Dee Rossidivito Taylor and Ann Marie Rossidivito Parrish.

Survivors include his wife, Alisa Haynes Rossidivito; children, Durinda Orr of Blairsville, Joe Rossidivito Jr. and wife Laura Cole Rossidivito of Decatur, and Greg Rossidivito and wife Susannah Brown of Hickory, North Carolina; grandchildren, Adrienne Orr and Julia Orr; siblings, Gabe Rossidivito and wife Rose Marie Rossidivito of Cream Ridge, New Jersey and Joanne Edwards of Yardville, New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 27 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at May and Smith Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to the Sandersville Fire Department, mail to 125 Warthen Street Sandersville, Georgia 31082

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May and Smith Funeral Directors in Sandersville is in charge of the arrangements.