OBITUARY

Joseph T. Terrell

January 29, 1920July 17, 2019
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Joseph T. Terrell went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Life Care Center of East Ridge at the age of 99. He was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a graduate of Notre Dame High School class of 1938. He also attended the University of Chattanooga as well as the Chattanooga Vocational School, which enabled him to become an electrician. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and subsequently fought in the Battle of the Bulge as an infantryman. During this battle, his unit was on the front lines of the battle of Elsenborn Ridge or “Northern Shoulder” at the Ardennes Ridge, which held steadfast against the German attack. During this battle, he lost portions of both feet due to frostbite. He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Following his discharge from the Army, he and his wife, the former Margaret (Peggy) Crumbliss moved back to Chattanooga where he became a principal at Terrell Electric Company, which was founded by his father, Charles Emmett Terrell, Sr. in 1926. He managed the Electrical Contracts division, which included such projects as Oak Ridge Labs, Chattanooga Airport at Lovell Field, Street Lighting of downtown Chattanooga and Rural Electrification of Sequatchie County. Joe was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing and spent countless hours at his cabin on Lake Chickamauga. At his cabin he really enjoyed taking his nieces and nephews on rides through the woods in his army jeep. Joe was a founding member of the Chattanooga Rod & Gun Club and he also held membership in the American Legion, VFW, Sierra Club, Knights of Columbus and the Chattanooga Half Century Club. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Emmett Terrell, Sr. and Marguerite Friedel Terrell; sister, Elizabeth Epple (Eldred A.) of St. Louis, MO; three brothers, Charles Emmett Terrell, Jr. (Ruby D.), John W, Terrell (Billie Mason) and William Harris Terrell (Jane Millard and Florence P.). Following the death of his wife Peggy, he married Ruby Davis Terrell. Together they enjoyed traveling and entertaining their combined families. Joe is survived by many nieces and nephews including Charles (Iris) Terrell, Elaine Holland, Linda (Jan) Rodriguez, Ann Davis and Lucy Stokely. The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Hickory Valley Retirement Center and Hospice of Chattanooga. A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Stephen Catholic Church with Father Manuel Perez officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Sunday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Catholic Church 7111 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Monday, July 22, 2019

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  • Burial

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Billy Green

July 21, 2019

In behalf of the Chattanooga Half Century Club, we send condolences to the Family.

Peggy Mangum

July 19, 2019

Joe was a special friend while here at Hickory Valley Sr. Living Facility. He had many good memories that he shared about his place on the lake and was always waiting for Charlie to come by and take him up there.

He loved to take part in many of the activities here and when one was over he would always say "what to we do next?" He was always ready to do something else.

His picture as a soldier hanging on the wall will remind us of his bravery and his part in keeping us free. We are so proud of him
and will sorely miss Joe!

Joan t Erickson

July 19, 2019

Uncle Joe was a character! Although, he and Peggy, never had children, they enjoyed all their nieces and only nephew, Charlie.
He “ adopted “ Charlie, Ann, Elaine and Linda and their families as his own. During the years, Charlie was always by Uncle Joes’s side as a friend, a nephew, and a care giver.

Uncle Joe had a winning smile that was relevant in his siblings, too.
He loved teasing children and performed his magic trick of finding a coin in their ear.

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Biography

Joseph T. Terrell went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Life Care Center of East Ridge at the age of 99.
He was a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and a graduate of Notre Dame High School class of 1938. He also attended the University of Chattanooga as well as the Chattanooga Vocational School, which enabled him to become an electrician.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and subsequently fought in the Battle of the Bulge as an infantryman. During this battle, his unit was on the front lines of the battle of Elsenborn Ridge or “Northern Shoulder” at the Ardennes Ridge, which held steadfast against the German attack. During this battle, he lost portions of both feet due to frostbite. He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
Following his discharge from the Army, he and his wife, the former Margaret (Peggy) Crumbliss moved back to Chattanooga where he became a principal at Terrell Electric Company, which was founded by his father, Charles Emmett Terrell, Sr. in 1926. He managed the Electrical Contracts division, which included such projects as Oak Ridge Labs, Chattanooga Airport at Lovell Field, Street Lighting of downtown Chattanooga and Rural Electrification of Sequatchie County.
Joe was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing and spent countless hours at his cabin on Lake Chickamauga. At his cabin he really enjoyed taking his nieces and nephews on rides through the woods in his army jeep.
Joe was a founding member of the Chattanooga Rod & Gun Club and he also held membership in the American Legion, VFW, Sierra Club, Knights of Columbus and the Chattanooga Half Century Club.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Emmett Terrell, Sr. and Marguerite Friedel Terrell; sister, Elizabeth Epple (Eldred A.) of St. Louis, MO; three brothers, Charles Emmett Terrell, Jr. (Ruby D.), John W, Terrell (Billie Mason) and William Harris Terrell (Jane Millard and Florence P.).
Following the death of his wife Peggy, he married Ruby Davis Terrell. Together they enjoyed traveling and entertaining their combined families.
Joe is survived by many nieces and nephews including Charles (Iris) Terrell, Elaine Holland, Linda (Jan) Rodriguez, Ann Davis and Lucy Stokely.
The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Hickory Valley Retirement Center and Hospice of Chattanooga.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM Monday, July 22, 2019 at St. Stephen Catholic Church with Father Manuel Perez officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Sunday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Catholic Church 7111 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.