Mr. John Edward Teele, 79 of St. Marys passed away late afternoon August 30th, 2010 at the South East Georgia Health System’s Camden Campus.
Mr. Teele was born in Miami, Fl. on October 9th, 1930 and is the son of the late John Leonard and Artie Ophelia Allen Teele. In his youth, Mr. Teele had a job as a walker for the greyhounds at the Miami Dog Track and he attended Miami schools until his family moved to Ellaville, Ga. He graduated from Schley County High School in 1947. After high school, Mr. Teele became a house painter. With the invasion of the Korean peninsula, he joined the US Army with a forward transportation company and went to Korea in 1951. While there, he became a private first class and earned the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star and the United Nations Service Medal. After his military duties, Mr. Teele hired on at Gilman Paper Company in St. Marys as a 1st class welder, where he served at from 1956 to 1992. He was an avid NASCAR and Ford Racing fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, from camping to days going to the beach. He was of the Methodist faith. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Mr. Teele is survived by his beloved children, Gene Teele of St. Augustine, Fl., Marjorie Teele Mock and Gary of Prairieville, La., and Chyra Batts Brock and Bruce of Kingsland; his sisters, Marjorie Taylor and Doris Bailey of Americus, Ga.; his 9 grandchildren and his 8 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, Mr. Teele was preceded in passing by his wife, Sandra Anne Batts Teele, his daughter, Mary Teele Morton and his brother, Raymond Teele.
Calling hours for Mr. Teele will be from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, September 2nd, 2010 at the Wainwright Chapel in the funeral home, with Rev. Bob Hughs presiding. Pall bears will be Wyman Westberry, Phil Gay, Roger Nichols, Ricky Sparkman, Jack Parr and Eddie Barlow. Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Mock, Lyle Mock, Bruce Brock and Gary Mock. The committal service will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Marys with military honors.
October 9, 1930 – August 30, 2010