Joe Stembridge

Joe Stembridge, 67, of Groesbeck, Texas, passed away Friday December 28, 2018. Visitation will be from 5 -7pm Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan. His life will be honored with a celebration service at 10am Sunday December 30 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center.

Joe Stembridge was born in Bakersfield, CA on October 28, 1951 to the late Tom and Lois Johnnie Pierce Stembridge. He was raised by an uncle and aunt, Charlie and Mary Parton. Joe worked in the oilfield his entire life, and retired from Clayton Williams, Inc. after 36 years of service. He then worked as an oilfield consultant after retirement.

Joe formerly lived in Odessa and Giddings, TX and currently resided in Groesbeck, TX (Lake Limestone). Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved to travel. He was hardworking, lived life to the fullest, and his family was his greatest joy.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Lorene Shows Stembridge of Groesbeck; sons, Ronnie Stembridge and wife Janet of Godley, TX, and Trey York and wife Denise of New Iberia, LA; a sister, June Kimmel and husband Gayland of Odessa, TX; grandchildren, Keri Howell, Paige Jones, Kimberly Taylor, Tara York, and Brittany Stembridge; and six great-grandchildren.

He’s also survived by his three favorite sisters-in-law (Lorene’s sisters), Lourdine Panquin, LaWanna Faught, and Lynnette Williams; sister-in-law, Janice Davis (Ray’s wife); and many nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss him dearly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Henry Stembridge, Leroy Stembridge, Cecil Stembridge, Marie Stembridge, Ray Davis, and Donnie Stembridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  1. after 40 years in the oilfield, I could count the true friends on one hand and JOE would
    be one, We love you JOE and God bless your family.

  2. Lorene, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that Joe was the love of your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God keep you in in loving arms and give you peace.

  3. We are so sad to hear of joe’s passing. He was a great person and we will miss him greatly. Prayers of peace and comfort Lorene

    Janis and quatie

  4. Lorene, Kenny and I are so sorry. We worshipped ya so much. It was a true blessing the day we met both of ya n the bowling alley. Joe will b greatly missed. Stacye Lehmann

  5. Our deepest condolences are with you Loraine , Ronnie and all. We love ya. Joe was full of laughter and made my heart joy ever time I saw him. My loving cousin. Will miss him dearly. May God comfort you all.

  6. Lorene your are in our prayers and thoughts through these times of heart ache. Joe was a good person and Dave and I thought so much of him. Please take care of yourself.
    Dave & Jamie Roberts

  7. Our hearts are aching for you.
    Y’all were such sweet neighbors
    Praying for your family…God send you comfort and peace…HUGS.

  8. So sorry to hear of your loss. Joe was one of the good guys. He could be rough on you, but you always new where you stood. Will be sorely missed.

  9. What a great guy. I will miss being able to talk to him about well problems, and about fishing and hunting. My condolences to the family, he will truly be missed.

  10. In shock and words fail me right now. Joe you were one of L. B.’s closest friends. You two seemed to enjoy each others company and it showed. I can imagine him welcoming you and rejoicing with you in Heaven. My love goes out to you Lorene.


  11. In shock and words fail me. Joe was one of L.B’s special friends. I can imagine their reunion in Heaven. God bless you, Lorene and family.


  12. I’ll always remember Joe for his fun loving attitude, whether it was having fun fishing in Port Mansfield or kicking everyone’s butt in pool at the end of the day. Lorene, Joe, Jason and I had a memorable trip together as we traveled in to Alpine for one of Claytie’s big birthday bashes a few years back and Joe kept us laughing all the way! We will miss you Joe Stembridge!
    Gods healing for Lorene………..Miller Bassler

  13. Words cannot express the sorrow I know you are feeling and neither can they convey to you the sadness we feel for you as a result of your dear husband’s passing. As my oldest childhood friend, you are never far from my immediate thoughts. You are always in my prayers; and now, more than ever, on my mind, as I mourn for your loss. Please give me a call anytime you need to talk and please, come visit when you are ready. I love you.

  14. Joe was the best downhole man I have ever seen. A true friend and passionate about life and family. I feel blessed to have known and worked with him. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of calling him friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  15. Our deepest condolences to Lorene you’re such a sweet person and you and Joe together was a joy to be around . I so enjoyed our visit in Amatillo a few years back. Joes laugh and smile could brighten anyones bad day. We will miss you my dear cousin . Lorene I’m here if you need anything all my love .

  16. Lorene, Please accept my condolences for your loss. Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I pray that you find peace and comfort in your memories that you both shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Joe always said… there’s a difference in living & living well… he sure taught me how to live well. Rest in Peace Mr. Joe

  18. Lorene we are so sorry Joe left this life too soon. I didn’t know him much, although I knew Aunt Mary well! He was a good guy and will surely be missed by many. May you and your family find some peace during this time of sorrow.

  19. There are no words that describe how shocked and sorry we to hear of your loss or to ease your pain. Joe is not gone, just away. Our Heavenly Father called Joe home to be by his side and help prepare a place for us. One day you will see and be with Joe in our heavenly home. God bless and keep you all in this time of sorrow. Love you Lorene! Sorry I am unable to be there for you. I am thinking and praying for you and your family! ✝️

  20. I worked for & with Joe for over 30 years. He taught me a lot and was a dear, dear friend. My heart goes out to you and Ronnie. He will be dearly missed.

  21. When the dock light came on we always knew it was bed time for Joe. We usually followed suit soon after.

    May you rest in peace now and always know that Lorene will have whatever she needs from us.

    You will be greatly missed,

    Love, Philip & Holly Tham

  22. Lorene I just found out about Joe. It is such a shock. If you need anything please let us know. Even if it’s just a cup of coffee and a visit. We are here for you.
    Joe was such a nice guy. He will be truly missed.
    Jan & Don Roper

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