Sunday, July 21, 2013
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Retired Capt. Joel R. Lancaster, U.S. Navy, 73, of Brandon, Fla., passed peacefully Monday, July 15, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. Joel was born in 1940 in Cullman, Ala. Having a great thirst for knowledge, he received his BS from San Diego State University, earned his Master of Science and completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Tennessee and taught at Tennessee Tech University. Joel served his country in the Navy for 38 years. He had many adventures throughout his life, but considered the highlight of his career to be his time as the JIATF East Liaison Officer with the Dutch Military in Curacao, North America. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Officers Association of America, the American Legion and served as president of the USS Samuel N. Moore Association. In his retirement, he enjoyed his volunteer work with the Friends of the Bloomingdale Library and traveling the world with his wife.

Joel was preceded in death by his parents, John H. Lancaster and Bessie Mae Lancaster. He is survived by his loving wife, Constance S. Lancaster; daughter Cynthia (Jackie) Hembree; two sons, Tony Lancaster and Alex Lancaster; stepdaughter Bonnie Bishop; stepson Mark Bishop; granddaughter Jennifer; step-granddaughter Marissa; two great-grandchildren; brother James D. Lancaster; extended family and many friends.

Joel bravely battled cancer for two years. He was a mentor to many, a wonderful husband and father, and will be dearly missed for his kindness, graciousness, intellect and spirit. As he requested, there are no services and he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612-9416. Words of comfort may be expressed at

The Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services, 813-237-2900, is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.