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Fredrick Joseph Mansell, 83, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020.

Freddy Joe was born in Houston to Leona and Fritz Mansell. After the death of his father, Leona married George Dillard. Together they raised three children, Bryan, Freddy Joe and Joyce.

Freddy Joe graduated from Aldine High School in 1956, where he played football and built many long-standing relationships with friends.

He was a member of the Houston Fire Department from 1958 to 1983, retiring as a senior captain, and making numerous lasting friendships at the firehouse.

He spent his younger days as a family man spending time in Indianola, Galveston Beach and road-tripping over the northwest U.S. and Canada. In Colorado he “discovered” Coors beer and always looked forward to returning in his pickup truck and camper.

He has lived in Bandera for the last 40 years and absolutely loved the people, culture and small-town, cowboy atmosphere.

He had an enormous extended family of friends there and was well-loved and lived life his own way until the end.

His later and happiest years found him with his dear friends sitting around telling stories and jokes and drinking cold beer.

Freddy Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Leona and George Dillard, his sister Joyce Balch, his son Fredrick Joseph Mansell Jr., and a nephew Troy Lee Mansell.

He is survived by his three children, Lesa, Pam and Michael. His two “adopted” sons, Kyle Reese and Glen Hendricks, love and will miss him greatly.

He is also survived by his loving brother, Bryan Mansell, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

A celebration of life will be held in Bandera at a later date.