(1938 - 2013)
Joe P. Attaway passed away at the age of 74 on Sept. 9, 2013, after a six year battle with Multiple Myeloma.
He was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on Dec. 7, 1938, to Thelma and Thomas Attaway and grew up on land settled by his great-grandfather in 1876.
Upon completing an M.S. at East Texas State University, Joe Pat served as an educator and administrator for Duncanville ISD for 35 years. Joe began ranching in 1953 and upon retirement, he ranched Herfords full time.
Joe Pat was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William Zane Attaway.
Joe is survived by two daughters, Jana Attaway Swenke and husband, Kenneth J. Swenke, and Cara Attaway Whitaker and husband, Chris Blake Whitaker; and grandchild Story Blake Whitaker.
Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Spence Chapel at First Baptist Church, 116 Oak Ave., officiated by the Rev. Fred Lewis.
Visitation begins at 10 a.m. prior to service time.
Immediately following, a family graveside service with military honors by the Hopkins County Coalition will be held at the Attaway family plot in Black Oak Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch (calfarley.org or 800-687-3722).
Arrangements are under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
The online register can be signed at: www.westoaksfuneralhome.com
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