Joe Raymond Ferrell

  • Born: February 23, 1929
  • Died: August 14, 2014
  • Location: Rowlett, Texas

Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery

13005 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75243
Tel. (972) 238-7111

Tribute & Message From The Family

FERRELL, JOE RAYMOND, beloved husband, father, Poppi and Coach passed away August 14, 2014 at age 85 in Garland, Texas. He was born February 23, 1929 in Denton, Texas to Lee Ferrell and Velia Ferrell (Smith). He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronnie Ferrell; in-laws, Bill and Velma Givens (Marshall). Joe is survived by the love of his life of 62 years, Joyce Ferrell (Givens); son and wife, Michael and Julie Ferrell; son and wife, Lee and Melanie Ferrell; brother and wife, George and Carol Ferrell; brother and wife, Dennis and Susan Ferrell; one granddaughter and husband, Kelly and Bobby Hitt; two grandsons; Hunter Ferrell and Slater Ferrell; two great-grandchildren; Natalie Crawford and Noah Crawford. Joe proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corp and was member of the Chosin Few. He attended Crozier Tech and was President of the 1947 graduating class and participated in football and track. Joe graduated from North Texas State University in 1955. He was a member of the NTSU football team and Talons fraternity. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Education and later earned his Master's degree. Joe was an educator and coach in both the Dallas ISD and Garland ISD for 38 years, touching the lives of many young men and women. Joe loved the outdoors as well as fishing, playing golf and dancing, but his greatest love was football. He loved his Lord and Savior and is now in is heavenly home.

Family will receive friends on Monday, August 18, 2014 from 6 -8 PM at Restland Funeral Home. Services will be held on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Restland Funeral Home in the Memorial Chapel.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Mrs. Ferrell, you and Coach Ferrell are part of my TJ memories. I worked with you in the counselors's office my senior year and had coach for history. You and your family are in my prayers.

Posted by Trisha McIntosh Ross - Greenville, TX - '73 TJ grad and former student   August 29, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Nothing but great memories of you and Mrs. Ferrell. RIP Coach.

Posted by Hunter Newman - Bedford, TX   August 22, 2014

Please know prayers are being lifted up for Coach Ferrell and the family. I have fond memories of his support for all sports at Benjamin Franklin Jr. High. We have lost a fine man.

Jeff Foster (Student at Franklin Jr. High 1959)
Carrollton, TX

Posted by A friend   August 22, 2014

RIP Coach Ferrell

Posted by Konnie Vine    August 21, 2014

RIP Coach! Nothing but fond memories. You will truly be missed!

Posted by Harold Smith    August 21, 2014

Ms. Ferrell, please know how special it was for me to get your request and how disappointed I was not to be able to be there with you, your family and friends. Coach and you were oh so special to us kids at TJ...much time has passed, but never will I forget the smiles and friendships that the two of you ALWAYS displayed for us! I can truly say, I loved you both!!! RIP Coach!!!!

Posted by Mark Cleaveland - Lakewood, CO - Friend   August 21, 2014

Coach Ferrell was a driving force in the development of young men. Always fair, always positive. I owe a lot to him. He is now in those "Nickel Bleachers" in the sky.

Posted by Lance Stacy - Corinth, TX   August 20, 2014

"Your a day late and a dollar short." I still use that phrase to this day and will always remember what you taught me both on and off the field. Go claim your spot in heaven Coach earned it!

Posted by John Bradley    August 20, 2014

Coach Ferrell was a wonderful teacher and a great coach. He has impacted many lives through his coaching and teaching. He will be greatly missed.

Joyce and family may happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.


Posted by Linda Thompson - Garland, TX - friend   August 19, 2014

Rest in peace, Coach. Great man.

Posted by Stephen Scott    August 18, 2014

Coach Ferrell was a kind man and a great coach! I still

talk about his Outdoor Education class to this day. Rest well Coach.

Posted by Rhonda Marlow Rigsbee, TJ 1977    August 18, 2014

Coach was an inspiration to me, showing by example how to be a leader and all time great person. His teachings continue to serve me 40 years later.

Posted by Mark Alexander - MEXICO DF, TX - Player, Student   August 18, 2014


RIP Coach Ferrell !!! What a great role model you were and a great teacher. Always a kind word and a smile on your face. Thanks for memories at Lakeview Centennial Highschool

Posted by Kim Bolletino - Garland, TX - Former student   August 18, 2014

I grew up in the same neighborhood that Joe grew up in...My Brother Raleigh Godwin and my Sister Doris Godwin were Joey age I was young but I remember him some...and I remember as well...My brother went to school at Crozier Tech and played baseball...Raleigh passed away quite a about 14 years ago, and Doris about 9 years ago...Your family is in my prayers....

Posted by Linda Gray Arnold - Garland, TX - none   August 18, 2014

RIP, Coach. Thanks for all you taught me ... including the proper pronunciation of "crappie."

Posted by Priscilla (Woodson) Dieringer - former student   August 18, 2014

A decent and kind man. Never down, always an encouraging word. Well done Coach Ferrell. Thank-you.

Posted by Tim Huffman    August 17, 2014

Coach Ferrell will be greatly missed. He taught us about the game and how to conduct ourselves inside and outside LCHS. RIP Coach.

Posted by Cedric D Calloway    August 17, 2014

So long Coach and "Semper Fi" Marine.
Benjamin Franklin Jr. High School City Champs- Undefeated 1960. Thanks for the memories and the lessons of life.

Posted by Joe Cawthon - Garland, TX   August 17, 2014

I have copied all of the Facebook entries about Joe by hand because I couldn't figure out how to print them big enough. I'll bring them to the visitation.

Posted by Jack Catlett - Garland, TX   August 17, 2014

We know that you are hurting and we are so sorry. You cared for him and we are aware. Our tears are for you. We love you very much.

Posted by Jeanne & Tony Carrillo - Garland, TX   August 17, 2014

Joyce,our thoughts and prayers are with you---lots of memories of football parties and games!

Posted by sam and janet garvin - garland, TX - friends   August 17, 2014

Coach Ferrell was always a wonderful role model to the trainers and players, always had a kind word for everyone, and was a pleasure to know. Thank you for the memories, and for always be a bright spot in our days.

Posted by Debbie Rice - Rowlett, TX - Former student trainer   August 16, 2014


Joyce, we are saddened by the news of the loss of Joe. And we rejoice that he is praising God and watching over you. You and your family are in our thoughts in prayers.
EyeCare Texas Family

Posted by Tiffany Cook - Plano, TX   August 16, 2014

Joe will be greatly missed by all that knew him. He was a wonderful role model for the students that were blessed to have him as a teacher, coach, and friend.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of great loss.

Joe RIP.

Posted by Virginia Greer - Garland, TX - Fellow Teacher   August 16, 2014

R.I.P. Coach Ferrell, I had fond memories at Thomas Jefferson.

Posted by Michael and Sandra Carter - Ovilla, TX   August 16, 2014

Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Ferrell family. Joe was a wonderful friend & mentor to me during my time at T.J. You'll never be forgotten.

Posted by Karen & Andy    August 16, 2014

RIP Coach Ferrell. Thanks for leading us at TJ.

Posted by Tim Hudspeth    August 16, 2014


Posted by Tim Hudspeth    August 16, 2014

Rest in peace Coach Ferrell - Godspeed!

Posted by Mary Tice Parker - Anna, TX - former student   August 16, 2014

Joe, we had a great time at Franklin Jr. High with a wonderful bunch of kids. Those memories are very precious, ones I will never forget. Enjoy Jack, Charlie, and Pinkie and reminisce the good old days. Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed.

Posted by Dwain Dawson - Royse City, TX - Friend   August 16, 2014

Coach Ferrell was always one of my favorite HS coaches. Was a great man.. RIP Coach

Lee Newman

Posted by Lee Newman - Mesquite, TX - HS Coach   August 16, 2014