A celebration of life for Joseph M. Webb, 86, is scheduled for 11:00 am, Friday, July 5 at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas with Scott Schulik officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 10:00 am. Joe passed away peacefully in his sleep and woke up in the presence of the Lord on June 30, 2019. Burial will be at Rosewood Park Cemetery in Longview.
Joe was born in Alexander, Texas on November 9, 1932 to Annie Ethetton Webb and Henry Elmore Webb. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1951. Joe enlisted in the United States Army in 1953 and after his Honorable Discharge, attended Stephen F. Austin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science. Joe later attended East Texas State College and was awarded a Master's Degree in Education.
Joe taught biology at Kilgore High School, where he met his future wife, Mary Alice Hornbeck. They married May 26, 1959. He later joined the faculty at Kilgore College as a biology teacher and then became Director of Student Services. Joe served at Kilgore College for 31 years and retired in 1997. Joe and Mary retired to Longview, Texas and were active members at Mobberly Baptist Church. Joe was known for his great sense of humor and love for his family. He was a delight to all who met him. Dearly loved and greatly missed!
Joe was preceded in death by his wife Mary in 2016. Joseph is survived by his children: Dr. Michael David Webb of Eugene, Oregon, Marijo Basinger and her husband Kyle of Plano, Texas, and John Mark Webb and his husband Lance Wallace of Dallas, Texas. Joe leaves behind grandchildren Jon Ellington and his wife Lori, Jarrad Webb, Aaron Basinger and his wife Rachel, Adrienne Michelle Webb and her husband James Watkins, and Lauren Powell and her husband James. Joe has 5 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua and Jordan Ellington and Regan and Reese Powell. He is survived by his sister Betty Jo Gabel of South Dakota and numerous nieces and nephews.