Joe Markham

Wednesday 29th of February 1956 - Thursday 9th of March 2023

Joe Markham


Funeral Mass

Mar 24, 2023 (1:00 pm )

Cathedral of Christ the King

299 Colony Boulevard, Lexington, KY

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Joe Markham passed away Thursday March 9th after a long three-and-a-half-year fight against stage four cancer. He was grateful for the treatment provided by the outstanding medical team at Markey Cancer Center. Joe grew up in Vine Grove, Kentucky, the son of John and Marie Markham. Joe was a graduate of North Hardin High School and the University of Kentucky. Joe was a member of the University of Kentucky Rugby team and played on the team that won the SEC championship. Joe owned and operated a real estate development company with the goal and passion of building a better America close to his roots in Kentucky.

Joe’s bright light, infectious smile, joyous laughter and bigger than life demeanor will never be forgotten. Joe is survived by his wife and best friend Anne Marie Douglass Markham of Naples, Florida and two children, Joshua Markham of Lexington, Kentucky and Katherine Markham of New York, New York, whom he loved with all of his heart. Joe is also survived by siblings Mary (Kelly) Burks and James (Janice) Markham of Vine Grove, Kentucky Jerry (Marcia) Markham of Naples, Florida, Linda Markham of Louisville, Kentucky and Pat (Jenny) Markham of Winston Salem, NC.

Joe was a long-time member of Lexington Country Club, Windstar Golf Club, Naples, FL. Also, The Thoroughbred Club of America. Joe was an avid sportsman. Fishing, hunting, golf, horse racing, and watching Kentucky basketball were great passions of Joe.

Funeral services will be held in Lexington, Kentucky at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Friday, March 24th at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Markey Cancer Center (

Guest Book

Dustin Miler


I am deeply saddened and heartbroken for this loss of life. Joe Markham was not only my employer, but also a Father figure and most of all a dear friend to me. I always admired and looked up to Joe, he gave me opportunity, respect and a huge bout of confidence in my life when I needed it most and truthfully I am not sure where I would be today without having Joe in my life. The world will never be the same without my dear friend Joe. God Bless the Markham family.

11 hours ago

Karen Marriott


“Hey, neighbor” were always the first words I would hear from Joe, even years after he moved from being our Park City neighbor. He was the first person I played golf with at our club when I moved to Park City, and became a friend right away. When Baby Kate was born everyone fell in love with her, but none more than Joe who adored his baby girl from even before she was born. Their relationship was beautiful to watch from the beginning and into her adulthood- they were always there for each other. Annie and Joe had a relationship that all admired as well. It was a credit to a husband that truly adored his wife, and a wife that shared his same enthusiasm for life and adventure. Joe, Annie and Katie truly lived the great commandment to “love thy neighbor.” We were the grateful recipients of that love for the many years they lived in Park City. Our hearts mourn with theirs at this time. We will miss you Joe- your laugh, your big heart. and enduring friendship will remain with us always. Your neighbors, Karen, Nathan, Kendall, Sydney and Sam

14 hours ago

Michelle Finnegan


I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences go out to you and your family. Joe was an incredible man and I’ll always remember his kindness and how much fun we had in the rain at the Kentucky Derby. May you and your family be blessed with cherished memories and comfort at this time.

15 hours ago

Kaz Burnz


Anne, Katie, Josh and all…I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you peace, comfort and surround you with love. I pray that your wonderful memories of Joes will still bring you happiness! Love & Prayers, Kaz

15 hours ago

Beverlee Mays


I met the family in Park City my granddaughter Avery and Katie are friends. I am so sorry to hear about Joe he was a wonderful man.

16 hours ago

Mark & Donna Skeeters


Our sympathy goes out to the whole Markham family. I (Donna) met "Joey" in the 7th grade at North Hardin Junior High School. He always seemed so much more mature than others his age. He had a great sense of humor even then. It was always good to see him off and on after high school at reunions. Mark knew "Joey" even longer. We were able to keep up with him through his brother Jim who is our neighbor and a good friend. We will always remember him fondly. Take care and God Bless.

1 day ago