Weatherford Democrat

February 21, 2013

Joseph W. Teel


Weatherford Democrat

— Joseph W. Teel died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013.

Rosary and visitation at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Stephens Catholic Church, 1802 Bethel Road, Funeral mass is 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. Stephens Chapel at 211 S. Main St. Immediately following is interment at Annetta Cemetery. After interment, reception at VFW Post 4746 on 224 Zion Hill Road hosted by VFW Auxiliary and Catholic Daughters of St. Stephens. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 27, 1945, to Joseph Raymond and Mirtie Mae Chambers Teel in Gideon, Mo. He joined the U.S. Army on Oct. 24, 1963, and received basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He served in Vietnam as a combat medic and exited the Army in Sep. 14, 1966. On July 4, 1965, he married Hortensia (Tencha) Sanchez in Valentine, Texas. He worked in Fort Worth at General Dynamics for five years then he started his career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons as physician’s assistant. He worked in several centenaries and prisons throughout the country and Washington, D.C. He retired from the Bureau of Prisons after 26 years in December 1995 due to heart disease.

They have a son and a daughter, Joe Jr. and wife, Joni, son, Stanton, and daughters, Ashton and Aniston, of Weatherford, Stephanie Teel Foss, daughter Reyna and son Dalton, of Tucson, Ariz. (Davis Monthan AFB). Surviving siblings are Gary Teel, Thelma Weathers, Wanda Truitt, Wilma Teets, Linda Thacker, Loretta Stanberry, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, all of southeast Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul and Melvin Teel; and sisters, Martha Huddleston, Louise Winchester and Shirley Pickett.

Special appreciation, love and gratitude to the numerous friends who prayed for our family throughout his illness; to Dr. David D’Spain and his staff of TX Oncology that provided excellent and loving care through this terrible ordeal; and to Weatherford Regional Hospital staff who are second to none. We were there quite a bit, excellent care with courtesy, professionalism and affection were provided by one and all, from housekeeping to doctors.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to VFW Post 4746 or St. Stephens Chapel Fund.

Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel