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“Johnny was like my brother in the old days. He was very tolerant to two young ladies who were BFFs then. He will be missed. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Bobbie Skipper Alford

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Tom Jordan

“Daddy - I am and will always be your #1 Sugar Plum. I love you to the farthest star and back! ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Cathy Teel

“I am grateful to have known John. He touched my heart with his kind & gentle ways. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Anita Wickstrom Bradley

“i worked with john at what became eddy potash for 11 years. he was one of the kindest, nicest and most polite man i have ever known. my sympathy goes...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: florissa sanchez

“Andy, So sorry to hear of your father's death. Know that we are keeping you and your family in prayer. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Marylin Kleymann

“Oh, Johnny, how I loved you! ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Deanna Overstreet

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TEEL - John Teel, 72, a long time resident of Albuquerque and Carlsbad, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 1, 2009 in his home in Albuquerque. Johnny was born December 7, 1936 to James R. and Ollie M. Teel in Vaughn, NM. They later moved to Carlsbad, where Johnny and his sister, Deanna, grew up. Johnny was star center for the Carlsbad Cavemen basketball team. After high school, John attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque earning a major in history and a minor in physical education. While there, he excelled at basketball and was the top scorer and rebounder for the UNM Lobos. After college, John was drafted into the Army and played ball for the Army team. Returning to Carlsbad in 1973, John went to work for the Potash Company of America, and was a loyal employee for 26 years. John is survived by his son, Michael A. "Andy"; daughter, Catherine A. Teel of Auburn, CA; sisters, Deanna Overstreet and husband, Tom, and Claudette Maddox; grandchildren, Michael and Emily Clemence; and several nieces and nephews. Johnny will be remembered for his kind heart, gentle voice, unique sense of humor, and his dashing good looks. The sparkle in his eyes will never be forgotten. Family and friends may visit French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, Thursday, August 6, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Private services will be held Friday, August 7, 2009, with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro NE Building 2, Suite 102, 87110.

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