Funeral services for Earnest Teel, 85, of Mansfield, will be at 10 a.m. Friday Oct. 18, 2013 at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine, with the Rev. Barry Stephens and John Teel officiating. Burial will follow in Ferguson Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.He was born in Elkhart, Texas on Feb. 17, 1928 to Eli Wesley and Hattie Lee Bozeman Teel.
He passed from this life on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at home in Mansfield, Texas.
Mr. Teel is survived by his wife of 64 years, Faye Prestridge Teel. He is also survived by his daughter, Lori and son-in-law Joe Harris; son, John and wife Julie; son, David and wife Mary Lynn. There are seven grandchildren, Amy Harris Pearce, Stephanie Harris Scott, Adam Harris, Eric Teel, Hope Teel, Kelsey Teel and Parker Teel. Five great-grandchildren, Jase Pearce, Austin Pearce, Alexis Pearce, RC Scott and Logan Scott. He also is survived by grandsons-in-law, Jason Pearce and Tim Scott.
Earnest was one half of a pair, the other being his identical twin, Earl, who preceded him in death in January 1998. Also preceding him in death in addition to his parents, were his sister, Murtie Lee Prestridge Rosser; and brothers, George Teel and Dale Teel.
Earnest proudly served our country in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer from 1946 to 1952, during the Occupation after World War II, first in Germany then Japan, and again during the Korean War in Enewetak and mainland Korea.
In 1952 Earnest and Faye moved to Fort Worth where he and his brothers had a roofing company and then in 1956 he went to work for EB Mott’s. He managed the Grand Prairie Store on Main Street where he became affectionately known as Mr. Mott’s and the “Five and Dime” man. He employed many high school students and others in the community. In 1980 Earnest decided to return to his beloved Elkhart, purchasing a business, and operating Teel’s Country Place. During this time he also worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a captain in food service and also ran a resale business. In 2009 he and Faye moved to Mansfield to be closer to their daughter.
During his life Earnest was a devoted Christian, serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and leader; a loving father, Pappaw, and friend. He instilled his love of God and his tremendous work ethic in his children and was an example to many.
Other survivors include his sister-in-laws, Vera Teel, Sue Heston and Margie “Boots” Turner; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Adam Harris, Parker Teel, Tim Scott, William Prestridge, Tom Cherry and Wayne Terry. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Prestridge and Phil Heston.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home.
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