Joseph E. “Joey” Tester, age 56, of Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at his home. He was born September 20, 1965 in Bristol, Tenn. and was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area. Joey worked for Bell Helicopter and Boone Lake Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hunting for ginseng.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Vanessa DeFriece Tester; children, McKensy Jo Tester and fiancé Michael Heath, Jeffrey Edward Tester; special grandchild, Scooter Blaklie McDaniel; mother, Eva Jane Tester; brother, Mark Tester; father-in-law, Allen DeFriece; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Osborne and Rev. Cass Farrior officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Susong Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorials to may be made to Weaver Funeral Home to help offset funeral expenses. To view the service LIVE, please click here.

Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.