Joseph Cleveland McDonough passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the age of 95.
He was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Mt. Vernon, Texas, to Amanda Dozier McDonough and Jacob Cleveland McDonough. He finished high school in Brownwood, Texas, and attended Howard Payne and Daniel Baker with further education at the University of Houston and University of Texas. He was married to Blossom Frederick in Brady in 1943 and has been a long time resident here. His early civic activities included Junior Chamber of Commerce president, United Way chairman, Brady Band Boosters and he was a member of HOT Jubilee Band. He helped organize and was the first commanding officer of the Brady National Guard. He was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and two Battle Stars ó Central Europe and Rhineland Campaigns.
He worked for the BISD for 22 years, seven years in Junior High as Band Director and General Music Teacher and 15 years in High School as Counselor and Guidance Director. After retiring from BISD, he worked with the District Judge as Chief Adult Probation Officer. After retiring again, he volunteered for many years with Adult Literacy, teaching Basic English and Citizenship, as well as serving on the board. He received the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008. He was a member of St. Paulís Episcopal Church, having served as Church School Superintendent, lay reader, vestryman, and Warden.
He is survived by his wife, Blossom; two sons, Robert and wife Barbara, of Santa Monica, Calif., and Frederick of Brady; granddaughters, Allison and Courtney of Santa Monica, Megan (2nd Lt. Air Force- Japan); and grandson, Matthew of Santa Monica.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim; a son, Cleve; and a grandson, Brian.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 at St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Brady. Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to McCulloch County Helping Hand Center, 906 E. 11th Street, Brady, TX 76825 or a charity of choice in the name of Joseph Cleveland McDonough.