HUBA president Sarah Roe, left, holds a sign during a funeral parade in memory of Hillsboro businessman and former HUBA president Joe Mahan. (HCP Photos/Caitlin Forsha)
HUBA president Sarah Roe, left, holds a sign during a funeral parade in memory of Hillsboro businessman and former HUBA president Joe Mahan. (HCP Photos/Caitlin Forsha)
Local business owners, family and friends gathered for one last parade for uptown business owner and civic leader Joe Mahan Friday afternoon.

Mahan passed away Sunday, March 29 at the age of 50. He currently operated The Sugar Shack and The Mystery Shoppe on South High Street. He previously owned Bon Appetit Gourmet Shoppe & Gifts on West Main Street, which opened in 2012.

As a former president and volunteer of the Hillsboro Uptown Business Association, Mahan organized the annual Christmas parade in Hillsboro for years. Following his funeral Friday afternoon, the procession to the cemetery was done in the form of a parade around the historic business district.



Along with employees of uptown businesses, many individuals parked or walked uptown Friday afternoon to line the sidewalks and pay their final respects. Many held signs or flags and waved to those driving by. The parade included area first responders and individuals in classic cars or on motorcycles, in addition to those involved in the funeral procession.

The parade included driving from the funeral home on East Main to South High, West Walnut, East North and West Main Streets, then to North High Street to the Hillsboro Cemetery. A video of the funeral parade can be viewed on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook page.

For more information on Mahan and his service to the Hillsboro community, go to https://highlandcountypress.com/Content/In-The-News/In-The-News/Article/Hillsboro-businessman-Joe-Mahan-passes-away-at-50/2/20/56439.