††† LORAINE Ė Dr. Joe Terry, age 85, of Abilene and formerly of Loraine and Sweetwater, died Tuesday night, April 20, 2010, in an Abilene care center. ††† ††† ††† Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, at the Kiker-Seale Chapel with the Rev. Howell Martin and Dr. Phil Christopher officiating. Burial will follow in the Loraine Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
††† Dr. Terry was born June 9, 1924, in Belton, Texas to loving parents Carey and Zola Cox Terry and had been a resident of Mitchell County since 1950. He was married to Mary Lou Rankin on Aug. 9, 1948, in Dallas. She preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 1986. He then was married to Lucille Bell Biers on Oct. 19, 1995 in Sweetwater. He was a long time physician of Loraine and Mitchell County.
††† He is survived by three daughters, Susan (and husband, Harold) Preston of Abilene, Elizabeth (and husband, Brent) Howard of Sweetwater and Sonja Nash of Lubbock; four sons, David Terry (and wife, Jerri) of† Hanover, Mass., Mark Terry ( and wife, Becky) of Abilene, Scott Terry ( and wife, Brenda) of Desoto and Patrick Terry of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Martha Monroe of Grand Prairie; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
††† He is also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dan Terry; and grandson, Bryan Terry.
††† Dr. Terry loved classical music and was a trumpet player in high school. He attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville for one year on a music scholarship where he was the school bugler and then transferred to the University of Texas in Austin before attending the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. He loved baseball and played semi-professional baseball while in Galveston. He did his internship at City Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and practiced medicine for more than 40 years, first in Rule, Texas, for about two years, and then in Loraine from 1950 to 1970† and in Colorado City from 1970 to 1989. He delivered more than 3,000 babies during that time. He was active in civic affairs in Loraine and was a member of the Lionís Club and served on the Loraine School Board. He continued his involvement in the medical community for many years following his retirement. In his retirement letter to Root Memorial Hospital he stated that he was leaving a long-time love affair with the practice of medicine. He served in the U.S. Navy for two tours during the Korean conflict from 1950-1952 as a medical doctor onboard LST ships. He loved his family, reading, writing humorous poetry based on real-life experiences, cooking and his practice of medicine. After his marriage to Lucille, he enjoyed a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise and a vacation to Montreal and Quebec City, Canada. He and Lucille also attended his 50-year medical school reunion in Galveston and a trip to Avery Island. During a trip to New Orleans, he enjoyed a ride up the Mississippi River on a restored paddle boat. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sweetwater, Texas.