Joseph Nelson Albrecht
1936 - 2017
Joseph Nelson Albrecht, 81,
passed from this life on September 22, 2017, in his home in
Bartlett, TN. He was born
in Baltimore, Maryland, May 28, 1936, to the late James Robert Albrecht and Dorothy Angel Armiger. He attended
St. Ursulas in Baltimore, Maryland, Westminster High School in Westminster, Maryland, and graduated from
Elmer A. Wolfe High School in Union Bridge, Maryland.
Joseph enlisted in the United States Army in 1953, serving in Korea as a Radio Operator and Cryptographer; at Ft. Huachuca,
Arizona, as an Electronics Team Chief; at Ft. Meade, Maryland, as a Carrier Platoon Sergeant; in Frankfurt, Germany, as an
Armour Group Communications Center Chief; at Ft. Benning, Georgia, as Team Chief of a Radio-Teletype Communications team;
and at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, as Communications Chief. He was an Honor Graduate of Officer Candidate School and entered the
Armys Bootstrap program to attend college and earn a commission. He attended University of Maryland and American University
and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. After completing Basic Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, he served as
Motor Officer and then as S-2 (Military Intelligence) Officer in Butzbach, Germany. He served as Signal Officer in Kaiserslautern,
Germany, where he worked closely with United Stated Army Europe projects and programs. He served in Pleiku, Republic of
Viet Nam, as Officer in Command of the Long Lines Signal Detachment. While in Viet Nam, he was transferred to the Infantry
and commanded a Rifle Company. Upon his return from Viet Nam, he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and then
was given the time to complete the degree requirements for a Bachelor Degree.
Joseph as a Signal Officer
At the age of 34, and as an Army
Captain, Joseph attended the University of Tampa and played on
the Spartan football team.
He explained to his much younger coaches, I want to learn the game and plan on teaching after retirement from the Army.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and was a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
Joseph continued his service in the Army as a Signals Officer in Thailand. He served in the United States Army Special Forces
Green Berets before serving as Operations Officer of United States Army Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He retired
from the Army in 1974 in the grade of Major. He received the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star
and Bronze Star, and numerous other awards and decorations.
Joseph as an Infantry Officer
Following his service to his
country, Joseph worked as a high school teacher and coach at
Glenwood High School
in Phenix City, AL., a salesman, and a business owner.
He earned the Master of Science
in Education from Troy State University. He enjoyed coaching
youth sports, both football and
baseball, and he enjoyed golf, tennis, SCUBA diving, swimming, boating, weightlifting, and writing. He was an avid ham radio operator
(K3UBH). He was a long-time fan of Auburn University Tigers football and the Atlanta Braves, and a more recent convert to University
of Tennessee Volunteers football.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Guler Sally Moray; by his brother Gerald Robert Albrecht and sister
Sarah Ann High; and by his daughter, Mary Jo Albrecht. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Janice Cutler Albrecht; brothers
James Ernest Albrecht, Kenneth Arnold Albrecht, and Karl Gregory Albrecht; daughters Barbara Brown, Gayla Corbett, and
Bonnie (husband Paul) Streeter; son James Jimbo Albrecht (wife Merrie); step-son Anthony Cutler (wife Rebecca), step-daughter
Angela Cutler (husband Jim) Janeway, step-son Jeffrey Cutler (wife Michelle); grandchildren Christopher Chris Brown, Katelyn
(husband Blake) Bivens, Kimberly (husband Ward) Culpepper, Kristi (husband Josh) McCain, Shane Corbett, Niki (husband Matthew)
Middleton, Joey Streeter, Jon J.P. Weddington (wife Sara), and James Jimmy Albrecht, Jr. (wife Kristen), step-grandchildren
Jessica Cutler, Laura Cutler, Kathryn (husband Daniel) Doran, Adam Cutler, Philip Cutler, Chelsea Cutler, Zachary Cutler, Stacie
(husband Ron) Northcutt, Bradley Jordan (wife Timber), Ashley (husband Brandon) Meeks, Joseph Cutler, and Danielle Cutler; 4 great-grandchildren, and 7 step-great-grandchildren. Joseph was a wonderful, generous, loving man, and will be sorely missed.
It was Josephs desire that he be cremated and to have his ashes scattered on the parade grounds of Fort Benning, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Paragould Childrens Homes online at
www.childrenshomes.org/donate or by mail
to 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.
A memorial service will be held
at Ellendale Church of Christ, 7365 US Highway 70, Bartlett, TN,
September 29, 2017, at 2:30PM.
Thanks to Kathy Root for her assistance in preparing this page
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