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Trinity Standard - June 7, 2009 - June 14, 2009
Joe Leon Dial
GROVETON – Services for Joe Leon Dial, 76, were held Sunday, June 7, 2009, in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Neil Kemper and Rodney Langley officiating.
Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Dial died Friday, June 5, at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.
Born April 2, 1933, in Groveton, he was a 1950 graduate of Groveton High School. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he went to work for Powell Electric in Houston where he learned every phase of wiring large panels which still run electricity in many office buildings in Houston. He also attended electrical engineering classes at the University of Houston.
In 1966 he and his wife, Fran Dial, formed their own business, Dial Electrical, and successfully owned and operated it for over 30 years.
Mr. Dial was a member of the Scottish Rites and the Arabian Shrine Temple in Houston. He worked for many years at the Shrine Circus, staring by taking tickets and working his way up to the finance committee. He was a member of both the Holland Masonic Lodge in Houston and the Eastern Start Lodge No. 284 of Groveton.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Fran Dial; two daughters, Lydia Dockens and her husband, Bob, and Lana Dial and her friend, Steven Pattillo; a brother and his spouse, Tony and Karen Dial; a sister-in-law and her spouse, Darla and Bill Avery; two granddaughters and their spouses, Debbie and Tim McCune and Sally and Lee Fazzino; a great-grandson, Reed Garret Hawkins; five great-granddaughters, Molly, Mary Frances, Rosemary, Kathryn and Olivia; and four nieces, Kelly Avery, Dayna Glass, D’Ann Eubanks and Denice Robinson.
Pallbearers included 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, Junior Legg, Larry Pecht and Mack Stevenson.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.