Joel Cordova


Funeral services for Joel Lopez Cordova, 56 of Frederick, were scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Orr Gray Gish Chapel with Rev. Sonny Flores officiating.

Mr. Cordova passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at a Cedar Park, Texas, nursing care center near Austin.

Burial with United States Marine Corp Military Honors will follow in the Frederick Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home.

He was born April 25, 1963, in Greeley, Colo., to Juan Cordova and Florentina Lopez Garcia. He was active in Boys Scout and received the honor of an Eagle Scout. He attended Frederick schools and graduated from Frederick High School with the Class of 1981. He then attended school at Okmulgee and trained to be an auto body repairman. He entered the United States Marine Corp on June 1, 1982. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 19, 1989, as a Sergeant. After his active duty service, he enlisted in the Marine Reserves. He was a trainee with the Department of Public Safety to be a State Highway Patrolman in Texas when he suffered a disabling accident during that training. He was a talented and brilliant artist and a painter. He had painted a mural at Prather Brown Elementary School in Frederick that was there for many years. He also loved to collect coins.

He was preceded in death by his father: Juan Cordova; and mother Florentina Lopez Garcia, on Jan. 15, 2018; and three sisters: Raquel Lopez Cordova, Patricia Lopez Cordova and Helena Lopez Cordova.

Survivors include two brothers: Gabriel Lopez Cordova and wife Laura, of Vernon, Texas, and Daniel Lopez Cordova and wife Donna, of Austin, Texas; a sister: Nancy Cordova, of Frederick; and nieces and nephews: Jason Cordova, Oklahoma City, Nicholas Cordova, South Carolina, Nathan Perez, of Frederick and Kaydee Cordova, of Vernon, Texas.

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