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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - May 31, 2009 - June 14, 2009

JOE LEON DIAL
Funeral services for Joe Leon Dial, 76, were held Sunday, June 7, 2009 in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Brothers Neil Kemper and Rodney Langley officiating. Interment followed at the Glenwood Cemetery. Leon was born April 2, 1933 in Groveton, Texas and passed away on Friday, June 5, 2009 at the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. He was preceded in death by his parents Reed and Tincie Dial and in-laws Bud and Orel Jones. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Fran Dial; daughters Lydia Dockens and husband Bob and Lana Dial and friend Steven Pattillo; grandson Matt Hawkins and wife Amber; granddaughters Debbie McCune and husband Tim and Sally Fazzino and husband Lee; brother Tony Dial and wife Karen; sister in law Darla Avery and husband Bill; great grandson Reed Garret Hawkins; great granddaughters Molly, Mary Frances, Rosemary, Kathryn, and Olivia; nieces Kelly Avery, Dayna Glass, D’Ann Eubanks, and Denice Robinson. Leon graduated from Groveton High School in 1950. After his tour of duty in the army, he went to work for Powell Electric in Houston. He learned every phase of wiring large panels, which run electricity in many office buildings in Houston, Texas. He attended electrical engineering classes at the University of Houston to learn more. In 1966 he and Fran formed their own business, Dial Electrical and successfully owned and operated this business for over 30 years. Leon was a member of the Scottish Rites and the Arabian Shrine Temple in Houston. He worked many years at the Shrine Circus starting by taking up tickets and worked his way up to the finance committee. He was a duel member in the Holland Masonic Lodge in Houston and Eastern Star Lodge # 284 of Groveton. Pallbearers were Lindel Dial, Brent Dial, Vance Dial, Joe Ned Dean, Don Laroe and Anthony Page. Honorary pallbearers were Winston Dial, W. B. Due, Dennis Ermis, P. D. Hamilton, Jr. Legg, Larry Pecht, and Mack Stevenson. Groveton Funeral Home



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