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Joseph James Mehalic Jr.


May 13, 2019

Joseph James Mehalic Jr., 82, of Brevard, passed away peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife, Sunday, May 5, 2019.

He was born Dec. 10, 1936, to the late Joseph and Sally Mehalic in New Castle, Pa. He graduated from New Castle High School and The Capitol Radio and Engineering Institute in Washington, DC.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

He and his wife, Carmella, traveled extensively throughout the United States, South America and Europe with his employment as a field engineer contracted to the United States Government.

He was the technical support manager for the NASA Tracking Station in Quito, Ecuador and South America. He was also the manager of the Department of Defense Tracking Station in Rosman and mission support manger for the tracking station in Bad Aibling, Germany.

He was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Yankees and was a coach for Brevard Youth Football for many years. He was very proud to say that the 1982 Brevard High School state championship football team were “his boys.” He also enjoyed coaching “The Wild Bunch,” a women’s softball team in Brevard.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a member of Glen Cannon Country Club, Elks Club and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carmella Mehalic; one daughter, Terri Little, and husband, Mike, of Powell, Ohio; two sons, Joey Mehalic and wife, Gina, of Brevard and Michael Mehalic, of Raleigh, N.C .; one sister, Patricia Simpson, of Dunedin, Fla .; and grandchildren, Madison, Alissa and Nick, whom will always love and cherish the memory of their “Papa Jose.”

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to many friends for their prayers and support, Father Shawn O’Neal, Debbie Felker and the parishioners of Sacred Heart, Dr. Usedom and his wonderful staff, the Hospice Team and special caregiver, Sonja Fisher.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with military honors presented by the Transylvania Honor Guard.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell St. in Brevard, is caring for the family.


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