The Obit For Joe Szekely

Joe Szekely, 70

The Paris News

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1995, Page .8A.

Joe Szekely, 70, 3260 Allen, died at 3:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 1995, in St. Joseph's Hospital & Health Center.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ray Starnes, the Rev. Art Smith and mike Lippiatt officiating. Burial will be in Meadowbrook Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Szekely was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Cleveland, OH, a son of Nicholas and Eleanor Szanto Szekely. He attended Shaker Heights school in Cleveland and Baylor University.

During World War II he served in the Army. He married Marion Wilson Nov. 3, 1946.

He had played professional baseball with the Big State League, Texas League and Cincinnati Reds. When he retired from baseball, he became manager of the first cable company in Paris, Midwest Video, and served there for 12 years. He was a sales representative with Share Corp. until retiring in 1987.

In retirement, he worked at the pro shop at the Paris Golf and Country Club. Joe was past president of the Paris Lions Club, had been involved in Boy's Baseball and Teen League as coach and commissioner. He had received the Distinguished Service Award and Optimist Man of the Year.

He served on the Paris Junior College Board of Regents from 1963 through 1968.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Johnny Holleman of Paris; a son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Kim Szekely of New Braunfels; two grandchildren, Amy Holleman of Paris and Shelby Szekely of New Braunfels; and two brothers, Nick Szekely and Chester Szekely, both of Cleveland, OH.

Pallbearers will be Dr. William Hayden, Frank Homer, Larry Click, John Wright, Dr. James Brunette and Jake Coker.
Memorials may be made to the PJC Mike Reinhardt Scholarship Fund, First United Methodist Church or Paris Education Foundation.'