Joe Bob Tekell, family patriarch, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Brookdale assisted living facility in Corsicana. He was born on August 30, 1923 in Corsicana, Texas to Marvin Alexander and Gladys Stella Tekell.
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Joe Bob grew up in Corsicana, Texas where he was a graduate of Corsicana High School. A draft notice for the United States Army Calvary in March of 1943 interrupted his education at Texas A&M University and sent him to Army basic training. He later transferred into the Army Air Corps flying P-40 and P-47 fighter aircraft until his final discharge from the Air Force Reserves in 1961. Joe Bob met his wife June during his military training, married on June 28, 1945, and returned to Corsicana in 1946. He was the co-owner of Tekell Furniture Co. with his brother Don until he retired from the store’s daily routine in 1985.
Joe Bob loved the Lord with all of his heart and served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a devout member of First Baptist Church. He showed his love for his neighbors as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, Good News Café worker until age 93, and missionary work from his home town to Europe and South America.
Joe Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife; June Elizabeth Tekell of Corsicana, and sons; Peter Alexander Tekell of Corsicana, Texas, and Mark Mattson Tekell of Norman, Oklahoma.
Joe Bob is survived by his sons; LTC Scott Tekell, USA, Retired and wife, Jodi of Azle, Texas; Brad Tekell and wife, Janet of Corsicana, Texas. His grandchildren include Kyle Tekell and wife, Rebecca of Savannah, Georgia; Kristen Tekell of Sonoma, California; Mary Beth Zimmermann and husband, Eric of Ft. Worth, Texas; Dr. Emmy Lou Dagnan and husband, Derrick of Brentwood, Tennessee; Major John Paul Tekell and wife, Audra of Niceville, Florida; Andrew Tekell of Edmond, Oklahoma; Betsy Carroll and husband, Dan of San Jose, California, and Erik Tekell and wife, Kenya of Norman, Oklahoma. Joe Bob’s great grandchildren are Sydney and Nora Tekell of Savannah, Georgia; Madeline and Carlton Dagnan of Brentwood, Tennessee; Everhett and Benjamin Tekell of Niceville, Florida; Stella and Camilla Carroll of San Jose, California. He is also survived by his brother, Don Tekell and wife, Lynda of Corsicana, Texas.
Come and go visitation with the family will be from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Friday, July 10, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating. Pallbearers are Andrew Tekell, Erik Tekell, John Paul Tekell, Derrick Dagnan, Eric Zimmermann, and Dan Bittner. Honorary pallbearers are the First Baptist Church Adult IV Sunday School Class.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Building Fund at 510 W. Collin, Corsicana, Texas 75110.
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