April 27, 1948-March 31, 2019
Joel Edward Withem Sr., 70, of College Station, went home to be with our Lord and Savior early Sunday morning, March 31, 2019, surrounded by his family. In 2007, Pastor Withem, established the Brazos Valley Family Worship Center in Bryan, TX, serving as pastor of the congregation until his passing on Sunday morning, March 31. Bro. Withem has pastored several churches in the Brazos Valley since moving here in 1970, where he pastored the Snook Assembly of God Church. Since moving to the Brazos Valley he has pioneered and established two churches, the Somerville New Life Church and the Brazos Valley Family Worship Center.
His passion was for his family and the ministry. All 14 members of the family were together at every opportunity. He was on a “best friends” basis with his children and grandchildren. He loved life and the work the Lord called him to.
Joel Withem is survived by his 101 year old mother, Esther N. Withem; his wife of 50 years, Juanita Gurney Withem; daughter, Angela Withem-Vasquez of Bryan,TX; son, Joel E Withem Jr. and wife, Katie See Withem of Snook, TX; daughter, Ellen Withem-Lazarevic and husband, Filip Lazarevic of Bryan, TX; and daughter, Roberta Gail Withem Meduna and husband, David Meduna M.D. of College Station, TX; Seven grandchildren, Jonathan and Ashton Vasquez of Bryan, Brett and Kennedi Withem of Snook and Abigail, Ethan and Gracie Meduna of College Station; his siblings, Peter Withem, Nona Mobley, Alice Huff, Timothy Withem, Steven Withem, all of Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his dad, Paris Edward Withem; and 3 sisters, Sybil Butcher, Cheryl Newforth, and Rebecca Withem, all of Spencer, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brazos Valley Family Worship Center.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3rd with the service to follow at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Brazos Valley Family Worship Center, 4839 N. Texas Ave, Bryan, TX 77803. The graveside service to follow on Wednesday at College Station Memorial Cemetery, 3800 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, College Station, TX.
Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station.
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