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Herbert Calvin Teal Jr.

October 9, 1943 — November 23, 2023

Herbert Calvin Teal, Jr., known affectionately as Herb to his friends and family,
passed away peacefully on November 23, 2023, in Greenville, SC, at the age
of 80. Born on October 9, 1943, in Lexington, SC, he was a man of
exceptional character, known for his courage, selflessness, and generosity.
Herb was a devoted husband to his wife, Henrietta Tidwell Teal, and a loving
father to his children, Herbert C. Teal, III (Michelle Stone) and Lorilee
Teal Horton (Brian). He was a cherished grandfather to Caitlin Elizabeth Teal,
Mayson Grace Horton, and Calvin James Horton, who will miss his wisdom
and warmth. Predeceased by his parents, Daisy Mae Branham and Herbert
Calvin Teal, Sr., and his siblings, Patricia Stockman, Janette Leaphart, and
Shelby Moore, Herb is also survived by his brother, Benjamin Teal, who
will fondly remember the bond they shared.

Herbs life was marked by his steadfast commitment to service, as evidenced
by his distinguished 31-year career in the United States Navy, where he rose
to the rank of Command Master Chief. His dedication to his country was
recognized through numerous awards, including the Navy Commendation
Medal and the National Defense Medal. His unwavering patriotism and
leadership left a lasting impact on those who served alongside him.
After completing his high school education, Herb's sense of duty and love for
his country guided him to enlist in the Navy, where he found his calling. His
service was not just a job but a way of life, and the values he upheld in
uniform carried over into his personal life, where he was equally respected
and admired.

Herbs interests were as robust as his personality. A passionate fan of college
football, he never missed a chance to cheer on the USC Gamecocks. His
enthusiasm for NASCAR was equally fervent, with Dale Earnhardt being his
all-time favorite driver. A regular Fox News watcher, Herb stayed informed and
engaged with the world around him.
An outdoorsman at heart, Herb found solace in the tranquility of nature. His
love for hunting and fishing provided him with countless stories and memories,
which he generously shared with friends and family. His adventurous spirit
also found joy in the excitement of the Cherokee Casino, where he enjoyed
the camaraderie and challenge of the games.

Herbs commitment to community was exemplified by his membership in the
Masons. His involvement with the organization reflected his deep-seated
belief in brotherhood and service, values that he embodied every day of his
life.

Those who knew Herb will remember him as a man who lived life to the
fullest, with a heart as big as his smile. He approached every day with a sense
of purpose and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
His legacy is one of honor, integrity, and love—a legacy that will continue to
inspire all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Herbs life will be celebrated in a private ceremony, where family will gather to
honor a man whose life was a testament to the power of living with kindness
and strength. As we bid farewell to Herbert Calvin Teal, Jr., we take comfort in
knowing that his spirit will live on through the many lives he touched.
Herbs journey through life was remarkable, and though he has set sail on his
final voyage, the wake of his influence will ripple through generations. We
honor his memory and the indelible mark he left on this world. Rest in peace,
Herb; your duty is well and truly done.

“There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary
people rise to meet.”
— Admiral William Halsey
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