Thomas Abbott Decell went peacefully home to his Lord and Savior Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at 6:21 p.m. He was born Oct. 30, 1932, in Brookhaven, Miss., to Thomas and Mary Lee (Abbott) Decell.
Thomas proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force, during both the Korean and Vietnam War. He retired as a chief master sergeant after 27 years of service, making Austin, Texas, his new home. He returned to college, earning a masterâ€™s degree in public administration from Texas State University. He continued his career as the director of public works for the city of Temple, Texas, and the city of Big Spring, Texas. He ultimately retired to Granbury, Texas, until 2008, when he moved to Cedar Park.
He shared his spiritual gifts as a Eucharistic minister, serving communion to the homebound and sick at The St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Granbury. He exemplified his wedding vows of love and honor, in sickness and health while he cared for his wife Katherine during her illness until her death in 2009.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Katherine Jeanette (April 14, 2009); his son, James (1969); his parents, Thomas (1937) and Mary Lee (1967); and his brother, Louis Lee (2010).
He is survived by his children, Mary K. Decell of Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada, Thomas J. Decell of Tampa, Fla,, Catherine and Abderazzak Mabrour of Abilene, Patricia and Joe Ward of Cedar Park, Therese G. and Jeffery D. Dixon of Bellevue, Neb., and Caroline L. Clifton of Granbury. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren, Lauren, Mary, Jon Mychal, Leanne, Steven, Ryan, Daniel, Stephanie, Kyle and Katie; and two great-grandchildren, Evelyn Gabriella and Elia Anne.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Beck Funeral Home of Cedar Park, 512-259-1610.
Thomas led his family with pride and love. He will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren.