Howard Jackson Teel died Monday, March 1, 2010, in his home. He was 80.

Mr. Teel was born Nov. 10, 1929, in the Dodge community, east of Grove, to Claibourne Jackson and Hazel Fern (Saffle) Teel. He graduated from Jay High School in 1948.

He was in the construction business all his life. He built many homes in the Grove, Miami and Southwest City area. At the age of 79, he was still working for two of his sons trimming houses with the help of his grandson, Jordan, when he was not in school. He regularly attended Southwest City Full Gospel Church.

He married Nancy Ruth Hogue in June 1979. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include nine children, Greg, Doug, Mike, and Jay Teel, Rick, Joe, and Danny Henrie, Teri Word and Charlie Apperson; two sisters, Twilla Jo Roberts of Lexington, Ky., and Betty Flo Giles of Joplin, Mo.; one brother, Marshall Teel of Whitewater community, 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother; his father; his stepmother, Rose E. Medlin; one brother, George Teel; one sister, Ollie Francine Clemmons; one stepbrother, Roy Medlin, and one stepsister, Bonnie Bryant.

Services are 2 p.m. today at Southwest City Full Gospel Church. Pastor Richard Hart will officiate. Interment will be in the Southwest City Cemetery.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Arron Potter, Hoguen Apperson, Justin Teel, Jason Todd (JT) Teel, Jordan Teel and Jarrett Teel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home of Grove. Online condolences may be made at