The Obit For Jim Teahl

James H. Teahl Sr.

Published in Patriot-News on March 22, 2010

James H. Teahl, Sr., 76, of South Duke Street, Palmyra, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the M. S. Hershey Medical Center.

Born February 16, 1934, in Palmyra, he was a son of the late Ralph and Lucetta (Gampher) Teahl and was also preceded in death by siblings, Alton, Edgar and Lester Teahl and Hilda Frazier.

Retiring from Coca Cola, Shiremanstown, and ASK Foods, Palmyra, he has since worked for Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company and was a Palmyra School Crossing Guard. He was a 1953 graduate of Palmyra High School, a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Palmyra, a life member of Citizen's Fire Company #1, Palmyra, and a former member of the Palmyra Jaycees.

An avid bowler, he bowled a 298, played minor league baseball for three years for the Cleveland Indians and coached many Palmyra youth in football and baseball. He was inducted into the Palmyra Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, the Lebanon County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Lebanon County Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008.

Surviving are his wife of almost 55 years, Jo Ann (Russ) Teahl; children, Cheryl A., wife of Michael McCall, of Cumberland, Maine, Karen D., wife of Richard Zern, of Palmyra and James H. Teahl, Jr., of Palmyra; siblings, Russell, husband of Peggy Teahl, of Palmyra, Myrtle Roach, of Palmyra, Anna Mae, wife of David Smith, of Palmyra and Diane Shearer, of Palmyra; grandchildren, Ashley Theal, Allison McCall and Austin Teahl; great granddaughter, Addison Theal; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 40 West Pine Street, Palmyra. Viewings will be held 6:00 - 8:00 PM Tuesday and 10:00 - 11:00 AM Wednesday, both at the church. Interment will be in Grand View Memorial Park, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 40 West Pine Street, Palmyra, PA 17078, or to Citizens Fire Company #1, 21 North College Street, Palmyra, PA 17078.