Joseph “Joe” Heafner, 60, of Mills River, passed away Tuesday, April 3, at Mission Hospital. A native of Asheville, he was the son of the late Clifford and Ailene Moulfest Heafner. He had lived in Henderson County for over 30 years and had retired from the Asheville Fire Department, having served as a firefighter for over 30 years. He had been a competitive weight lifter and amateur golfer and was a music lover and diehard Harley-Davidson rider. He was a great husband, father and grandfather and was loved by all who knew him. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Patricia “Patty” Heafner; 2 sons, C.J. Heafner of Mills River and Patrick Heafner, his wife Katy and their son Julian, also of Mills River and by his blue heeler, Lexi. A memorial celebration of the lives of Patty ( who died March 27, 2020) and Joe Heafner will be held 2 pm Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Rev. Robert “Bobby” Capps will officiate.