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Mr. Joe Louis Terrell passed away on June 12, 2014 at his home in Kansas City, MO. He was 74 years old. A memorial service for Joe Terrell will be held on Thursday June 19, 2014 at Watkins Heritage Chapel 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO from 6:00-8:00 pm. Rev. Jason Sims of Mt. Carmel C.O.G.I.C. will preside. Members of Kappa Alpha Psi will perform a ceremony at 6:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to the scholarship fund of Kansas City Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, P.O. Box 410252, Kansas City, MO 64141, or to a . Joe Terrell was born in Raymond, Mississippi on June 29, 1939 to Rosie and Albert Terrell. At a young age he and his family moved to Jackson, MS, where he completed his high school education. Joe began designing model cars for national competition while in high school. He won third, second, and first place respectively in 3 years. The Mayor declared Joe Terrell Day in Jackson, MS to recognize his accomplishments. One of the first such honors bestowed on an African-American in Jackson. After graduating from high school, Joe attended college at Tougaloo Southern Christian College, where he majored in engineering. While at Tougaloo, he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1958. Joe later transferred to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS where he became active with Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Joe began his professional career working for Ford Motor Company in Kansas City. He also became active with the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and served as advisor for Mu Chapter from 1966-1984. He later moved to St. Louis, MO and worked for another automotive provider, BASF. He moved back to Kansas City in 2002 and continued his affiliation with the Kansas City Alumni. He was actively involved in the Middle Western Province of Kappa Alpha Psi. Joe was preceded in death by his mother Rosie McNeil, father Albert Terrell, and brother John Terrell, whom was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He is survived by his sons, Steve Williams and Darius Terrell; brother, Bob Terrell; niece, Kelley Carson; brother-in-law, Ronald Griggs, Sr.; special friend and fraternity brother Kenneth Topp (Debbie); seven grandchildren and a host of relatives, friends and Kappa brothers.
Published in Kansas City Star on June 18, 2014
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