Joseph Terry

January 19, 1940 ~ December 22, 2021

Born in: Thomasville, GA
Resided in: Arlington, TX

Joseph Dabney Terry, Jr., 81, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

A Memorial Service will be on December 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Tx 76013.

Joe was born on January 19, 1940 in Thomasville, Georgia to Joseph and Mary Cabell (Harris) Terry.

Joe grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned his Eagle Scout, and graduated from Leon High School in 1958. He served in the United States Coast Guard, and attended The University of Florida, where he was President of the Sigma Chi fraternity, graduating in 1963. Joe married the love of his life, Carole Laing on December 19, 1964 in Tallahassee, Florida. He began a distinguished career leading and mentoring others. Joe was a leader in Health Care sales, working for Johnson and Johnson. He served on the Board of Directors as Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, retiring after 29 years in 1994. After retirement, he continued his passion in coaching others in their careers. He and his family have lived in Arlington since 1975 and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. He enjoyed family, golf, loved to travel especially to their beach home in Destin, Florida. Joe was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Florida Gators fan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Dabney Terry, Sr. and Mary Cabell (Harris) Terry.

Joe is survived by his wife, Carole; sons, Joe Terry III and wife, Chicki, and Brad Terry and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Madison, Connor, Bo and Dabney as well as a host of friends and other family members.

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  1. My good buddy joe I’m going to miss u a lot I am honored to have known u I will see u agian in heaven thanks for always calling on me when u needed help here in Florida u were truely a great man Your friend. David Lewis

  2. Dear Carole. I am so sorry to hear about Joe. I can’t think of anything to say. It was all good. I know you had a wonderful like with him and he will be missed terribly by you and your children. I will contact you after the holidays.

  3. We are very sorry for the loss of Joe Senior. We were lucky to have met him. He will be deeply missed by friends and family.

  4. Joe, your name is forever etched in my book of The Best. I would definitely include best husband, best father, best friend. You will be greatly missed here on earth. Our comfort is in knowing we will see you again. Thank you for making this world a better place.

  5. Joe, your name is forever etched in my book of The Best. That would definitely include best husband, best father, best friend. You will be greatly missed here on earth. Our comfort is knowing we will see you again. Thanks for making this world a better place.

  6. Joe was a remarkable man with a huge helping heart!

    Our paths crossed during a difficult time of my life and Joe went the extra mile to help our family find a stable place to land. Joe’s empathy, concern for his fellow man, and help was never forgotten. Much of my success today is due to Joe’s efforts 20 years ago.

    God probably needed some help picking his best servants so he finally called Joe home for his help😀

  7. Joe was a special man and I feel honored to have known him for so many years! Much love to all of you!

  8. Joe was a special man’s and I feel honored to have known him so many years! Much love to all of you!

  9. Joe was a special man and I feel honored to have known him for so many years! Much love to all of you!

  10. Joe was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor to many, including myself. I am honored to have known him and grateful to have grown up with his wonderful family.

  11. Dear Carole and family, You all are in our thoughts and prayers as one great guy has gone to heaven. They say old friends are the best and we met you all 55 years ago in Atlanta. While we have lived a distance apart it was always like we were still neighbors when we talked.
    We love you and feel your sorrow and pain.
    Judy and Bob Schrader

  12. Dear Carole and family,
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers as one great guy has gone to heaven. They say old friends are the best and we met you all 55 years ago in Atlanta. While we have lived a distance apart it was always like we were still neighbors when we talked.
    We love you and feel your sorrow and pain.
    Judy and Bob Schrader

  13. I was blessed at a young age to have an opportunity to be a family friend of the Terry’s. I didn’t know then how the kind and generous actions and wisdom imparted to me by Big Joe would shape a big part of who I am today. If there was a man made for these times I contend Big Joe was that man. Having principles, personal integrity, grit, faith and a sense of honor to drive you to do your best knowing that good things would follow. He was and is the beacon of proof that good men do indeed succeed and deserve to.

    As a family man Big Joe taught me to honor family, to plan, sacrifice and drive towards a life where Christ was central, and straight talking love bound the paths before all. I cherish each time I talked to him to ask some advice and laugh a bit as I made my own decisions and stood firm, but looked into his eyes for a hint of redirection in case I was about to do something stupid.

    This is a man for these times.

    As we grieve, we also stand in his shadow. Big Joe would remind us that Christ is the light and to cast this burden. Though I feel the pain of loss, Big Joe left me with so much more. A best friend in his son Joe, a road map of how to be my own man, father and husband. And a reaffirmation that good men stand to this day.

    To the Terry’s. I love you all. To Big Joe thank you sir. I’ll see you when I get there.

  14. Carole, It would be interesting to see the Surgikos Family Tree with Joe on top. He developed a mighty Oak that had a profound impact in the medical device community and all of our lives. He was a remarkable leader. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    Best wishes to you and the family.
    Love David Engwall

  15. Thank you Joe, for being an inspiration and great leader to me and so many others who had the privilege to work with you throughout the years.

  16. Carol
    They have said it all……Something Special comes to my mind….I remember with his blessing when Ron would invite me to sit in on a few of the training presentations I felt like a jr. J&J employee……but the best was Joe making sure Todd got the job with J&J after college……

  17. Carole, how can words express the loss of a J&J icon. He left a lasting impression on all that he touched. You could always go to Joe and he always had time to talk to you. His direction, leadership and character were second to none. He will be missed but his memory is forever. May his memory be Eternal.

    • Peter, Ed Wylie. Got to see Joe fairly often . We live just a few blocks apart
      Ron Kline was there and a lot friends.
      Hope this note finds you and your family doing well and having a good time .,

  18. Dear Terry Family,
    Joe Terry was a fine man, a legendary mentor and coach and a great friend to me for many years. He had a smile that would light up the room and a kind heart as well. He will be sadly missed but forever cherished in all the beautiful memories Rich and I shared with him and Carole.
    Love you buddy…rest in peace.

  19. Dear Terry Family,
    Joe Terry was a fine man, a legendary mentor and coach, and a great friend to me for many years. He had a smile that would light up the room, and a kind heart as well.
    He will be sadly missed, but forever cherished in the beautiful memories Rich and I shared with him and Carole.
    Love you buddy…rest in peace.

  20. Dear Terry Family,
    Joe Terry was a fine man, a legendary mentor and coach and a great friend to me for many years. He had a smile that would light up the room, and a kind heart as well. He remembered everyone’s birthday and always sent a card. He will be sadly missed, but forever cherished in the beautiful memories Rich and I shared with him and Carole.
    Love you buddy…rest in peace.

  21. Dear Carol,
    Joe was such a good man, husband, father, friend and many other things. I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you comfort and time bring you peace.

  22. Dear Carole,
    You, more than anyone, know that Joe was an amazing man. His contributions to the success of his J&J marketing organization are legendary. But his impact on others went beyond the business. He was a positive force in every respect and wherever he went. He was a masterful mentor who loved the coaching role.
    It was my pleasure and honor to have known and worked with him and call him my friend. I will certainly miss him.

  23. Terry Family ,
    We are truly sorry for the loss of Joe .
    May your happy memories bring you peace and comfort.

  24. Dear Carole and family,

    I am truly sorry to hear that Joe passed away. I had the privilege of working with Joe in Arlington for many years and always admired his leadership. But most importantly I will miss his spunk and that great smile. May his memory always be a blessing.

  25. Terry Family:
    Our most sincere condolences for your loss. Your family has been in our prayers.

    I think it’s fair to say that in many respects, a person’s life can be defined by the influence they had on others. His family, friends, co- workers and healthcare recruits are all better for having known Joe.

    I had the distinct honor of working closely with Joe for 10+ years. During that time I developed a strong relationship with Joe often leaning on him for guidance with leadership and career related decisions. I am guessing he also gave me some parenting advice as our kids were growing up. He was a valued mentor that was always available to guide and counsel.

    He loved all of you and often spoke with admiration and love for Carole, Joe Jr., Brad, their spouses and his grandkids. I know he was especially proud of the boys following his career path in healthcare sales and the success they have enjoyed.

    I am a better man for having known Joe. Joe INFLUENCED me both personally and professionally.

  26. To the Terry Family and Carole,

    We only met Joe three years ago when we moved to River Ridge Rd., and were beyond blessed to have been welcomed with Open Arms of Love by living Across the Pond from the Famous Terry Family of Wimbledon.

    Joe’s SMILE, love, and constant encouragement from across the pond made a lasting impression to Scott and I. It was obvious very quickly that this man was a man with a great legacy.

    Scott and I count it an honor from God to have been touched by Joe in such a short period time. We are so very thankful that God allowed us this season of life to encounter a friendship with this amazing man! A True Legacy of a Godly Man.

    See you soon Joe☝️
    We will miss you….
    Love Scott & Dee Ferguson

  27. To the Terry Family and Carole,

    We only met Joe three years ago when we moved to River Ridge Rd., and were beyond blessed to have been welcomed with Open Arms of Love by living Across the Pond from the Famous Terry Family of Wimbledon.

    Joe’s SMILE, love, and constant encouragement from across the pond made a lasting impression to Scott and I. It was obvious very quickly that this man was a man with a great legacy.

    Scott and I count it an honor from God to have been touched by Joe in such a short period time. We are so very thankful that God allowed us this season of life to encounter a friendship with this amazing man! A True Legacy of a Godly Man.

    See you soon Joe☝️
    We will miss you….
    Love Scott & Dee Ferguson

  28. Bill & Mary Lynne Kayser
    Joe was a true leader at J&J. He hired the giants. He motivated. He managed. Joe was “old school” of management style, he cared about his people. He cared about his people and even after retirement he helped many prospects to enter the medical field.
    Thanks for being of a part of our lives!

    P.S. Unfortunately, we will watch the Memorial on streaming.

  29. Dear Carol, Joe Jr., Brad, & family,
    Silvia & I send our deepest & sincerest condolences.
    Joe Sr. was a tremendous influence in my life, and that of our family, to include my brother Mark, & many other relatives & friends within our medical device industry.
    I was blessed to have a mentoring relationship with Joe Sr., knowing he genuinely cared and gave invaluable advice.
    Many times he offered his beautiful home in Destin for us to vacation in. That was Joe, and Carol, givers. Givers of their time, resources, knowledge, & experience.
    As a very respected medical device recruiter, Joe Sr. not only provided top talent to me to hire, but also was the recruiter that placed me in two significance positions within my career.
    Joe Terry, Sr. has left a tremendous legacy within our industry, but more importantly within our families.
    Joe exemplified character, integrity, leadership, business acumen, compassion, and a deep love for his family.
    A giant at J&J, and in our industry, he will be greatly missed.
    We are under the weather today, or we would be there to support the Terry family.
    Much love, respect, & appreciation.
    Vic & Silvia Trevino

  30. Joe Terry was a very good friend. We shared several hobbies which were golf, reading and cars. He had a distinguished business career. He was very proud of his family, especially his grand kids. I will miss his stories.

  31. Joe Terry was a very good friend. We shared some of the same hobbies which were golf, reading and cars. He had a distinguished business career. He was proud of his family especially his grandchildren. I will miss him and his stories.

  32. Carole,
    We were saddened to hear the news. There is a familiar saying: “We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future”. I pray that God will give you spiritual insight, comfort and care.

  33. I married the man of my dreams. He was all any woman could hope for. I would not change anything about our time together. Even the hard times were bearable because of Joe’s incredible wisdom and loving care of our family. Rest In Peace, my soulmate. Love, Carole

  34. Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this information together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

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