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Tom A. Teal

1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Tom A. Teal Obituary
Col. Tom A. Teal, a retired United States Air Force commander and pilot, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, June 30, 2014. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, we ask that any memorials please be donated to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation, Inc. Col. Teal was born April 13, 1925, in Chesterfield, S.C., where he developed an early interest in military aviation. He attended Carlisle Military School and served as a pilot in World War II. After the war ended, Col. Teal was self-employed in commercial photography in South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1949 with a degree in journalism and married Mary "Booty" Wall, also a University of South Carolina graduate, in 1950. He was recalled to active duty for the United States Air Force in 1953, and continued to serve for over 20 years. A lengthy tour of several different air bases ensued, and Tom began to work his way up the various ranks of commands within the Air Force. He enjoyed learning to fly different types of planes, including B-36s and B-52s. He spent time in Guam, and then several years in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, continuing to work his way up through the Air Force ranks. Col. Teal included among his military awards and decorations the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters and three Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry awards. After serving 33 years in the United States Air Force at bases in England, France, Germany, Guam, Vietnam, Thailand, New York, Mississippi and Texas, Col. Tom A. Teal retired from active duty in March 1976, and rejoined his family in Fort Worth. Col. Teal was a lifelong United Methodist and enjoyed teaching Sunday school classes. The colonel spent a large portion of his time in his home library, reading books, collecting books and culling books. Teaching Sunday school classes and giving talks to service organizations gave him the chance to share his library with others. Col. Teal was preceded in death by his wife, Mary "Booty" Teal; and youngest daughter, Cynthia Teal. Survivors: Eldest daughter, Pamela Teal Dunbar; son-in-law, Allan William Dunbar; and his grandchildren, Hillary Teal Dunbar and Carter William Dunbar.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 3, 2014
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