STEPHENVILLE - Funeral services for Aubrey Joe Carlisle, 91, will be held at 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Lacy Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Slaymaker officiating.  Interment will follow at Zephyr Cemetery at 2 p.m. 

Joe was born in Democrat to O.N. "Pete" and Gladys Carlisle. He graduated from Zephyr High School with his high school sweetheart, Letha Petty and they were married two years later in Newburg after Joe served in World War II.

Joe and Letha celebrated 68 years of marriage before her death on Dec. 6, 2015. 

Joe pursued a career in public education that spanned 39 years.He was a

teacher, coach, vice-principal and junior high principal in the Brownwood

School District for 25 years. 

He then served as high school principal in Lampasas ISD for five years. 

Joe completed his service in education as the high school vice principal in the Stephenville ISD from 1980-89.  

Joe was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church Stephenville.

The last years of Joe's life were spent in Willow Park near his daughter at ClearFork Assisted Living Center. He enjoyed his association with many new friends and the excellent care he received from the staff. He was everyone's "Papa Joe.”

Survivors include his children, Kala Ash and husband, Larry Dale, of Willow

Park; Larry Carlisle and wife, Jeanne, of Arlington; five grandchildren,

Angela Ash Lemons, Brandon Ash, Lindsay Kostelnik, Heather Garcia, and Megan

Overstreet;  10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elaine (Truman) Nall; and a

brother, Dewayne (Marie) Carlisle.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brothers, Arvin and J.D. Carlisle.

The family would also like to give a special thank you to Joe's caregivers at ClearFork Assisted Living and Compassus Hospice.