Joe Dee Hambrick, 94, passed away at TriSun Care Center in Corsicana on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. He was born on September 22, 1923 in Frost, Texas to Dee Lipscomb Hambrick and Margaret Lillie Honea Hambrick.
Joe served as a combat infantryman with the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart while fighting in France in 1944. He also received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Joe married Faynell Morris on June 17, 1944, and they completed their family with their daughter, Jonell.
Joe worked for the United States Post Service as a letter carrier for over 27 years before retiring. He and Faynell joined Northside Baptist Church in 1954 where he served as a Deacon and assisted on many committees during his membership there. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, AARP, and the Disabled American Veterans. Joe entertained family and friends by telling of his life experiences and playing his harmonica. He loved playing 42 and spending idle time working crossword puzzles. At age 92, Joe was fortunate enough to have traveled with Honor Flight to Washington DC to visit the war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery with other war veterans. He wrote a book called “As I Remember It”, containing many of the stories of his lifetime, a treasure for those he leaves behind.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brothers Cabe, LeRoy, and Lester Hambrick and sisters Mattie Marie Hambrick and Hester Hambrick Seale.
He is survived by his daughter; Jonell Kirk and husband, Chuck; his grandson, (his pride and joy) Cameron Ralston and his girlfriend, Candice Ensign; “bonus” granddaughters Kristen Pollei, Gina Hahn and their families as well his many nieces, nephews and their families and his “best buddy”, his dog, Inee.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Corley Funeral Home with Rev. David Carroll officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Kathy Robinson, Joe’s caregiver and “special angel” for over two years. A faithful friend to Joe, Kathy went over and above her duties, for which we will never be able to repay.