Joseph Kanaday Jr.

Resident of Dahlonega

Joseph Kanaday Jr. age 91 of Dahlonega passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 following an extended illness.  His twin daughters were by his side along with his sister Ruth.

Mr. Kanaday attended Grace Grammar School and Lumpkin County High School where he graduated in 1942.  He pursued studies at North Georgia College in 1943 and then volunteered to go into the Air Force in December of that year.  He went on active duty in 1944 while serving in WWII and the Korean War.  He returned to Lumpkin County and reentered North Georgia College and earned his degree in 1951.  During his tenure at North Georgia College he was elected President of his senior class with a commission in the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and distinguished military student.  Upon returning to civilian life he started his career with the Wright Contracting Company in Columbus, GA.  That company would later join Oman Construction Company and RP Farnsworth in a joint venture in Pakistan where Joe was a cost engineer, estimator, and subcontract manager for the construction of military facilities including five airfields.  It was Karachi that Joe met the love of his life, Connie and they were married in Karachi and their children Bret, Brenda, and Mike were born there. Their lives would then lead them to Afghanistan where Joe was a construction manager for the Kandahar-Kabul Highway Project. After his 45 year career in construction, he retired as a Sr. VP for Oman Construction.  He was involved in several major projects around the world that included the Alaskan Pipeline, Laurel Dam in Kentucky and a Rapid Deployment Base in the Middle East.

North Georgia College was a great influence and inspiration in Joe’s career.  He served six years on the NGC Foundation and two years as president from 1981 to 1983. In 1990, he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award. Joe and Connie also established a Scholarship Fund in their name for Lumpkin County High School Students.

Joe loved having a garden, playing bridge, researching his family tree, going hunting (especially his annual pheasant trips to South Dakato). He loved attending the NGC Friends & Forever gathering and events.  He loved his family very much and they loved him.  He will be greatly missed.  He had a great life that he loved.

Joe is preceded by his parents, Joseph Henry Kanaday and Hester Clark Kanaday, brother Andrew Jackson Kanaday, sister Frankie Stringer, brother in law Travis “Bill” White, and nephew Richard Paul Stringer.

Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years Connie Kanaday formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida, twin daughters Brett Kanaday and Brenda Kanaday both of Dahlonega, son Joseph Michael Kanaday (Vandy) of Orlando, Florida, a granddaughter Kori Kanaday of Orlando, Florida, sister, Ruth White of Murrayville, Georgia, sister Francis Chastain (Vaughn) of Helen, Georgia, brother in law, Paul Stringer of Dahlonega, nephew, Jack White (Debbie) of Murrayville, Georgia, niece Karen White Wigley (Kenneth) of Dahlonega, nephews Steven Stringer of Dahlonega, Walter Chastain (Sherry) of Wasilla, Alaska, a number of great nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

In lieu of flowers, Joe asks that you make a donation to the building fund at Mt. Zion Baptist Church #2 c/o of Michael Anderson 5781 Hwy 52 E Dahlonega, GA 30533.

Funeral service was held on Sunday August 20, 2017 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dahlonega. Interment followed in the church cemetery with military honors provided.  Rev. Gerald Edmondson officiated. Pallbearers included Mike Kanaday, Jack White, Joe Elcan, Dave Dempsey, Steve Stringer, Jonathan White and honorary pallbearers included, Mac McCollum, Wayne Palmer, Jack Chapman, Paul Stringer, Vaughn Chastain, and Walter Chastain.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements by the professional staff of Dahlonega Funeral Home 20 Gibson Road Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-864-DOVE (3683)

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Dahlonega, GA 30533

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