A Texas Sunday school teacher and father of six who had been described as "perfectly healthy" died Thursday afternoon from complications of coronavirus.
Adolph "T.J." Mendez, 44, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to his daughter Brenda Johnson. She said her father had no underlying health conditions and was in perfect health.
Mendez's wife, Angela Mendez, said her husband was a healthy man who refrained from drinking and smoking. His regimen consisted of working out, eating healthy, and taking vitamins every day.
Mendez spent time teaching kindergarten at Oakwood Church in New Braunfels, Texas, where his students referred to him as "Mr. Sticker Man."
"Every Sunday [he] would give out stickers to the kids in their bibles and the little kindergartners would give him stickers to put on his name badge," his daughter recalled. "He was very loved by all."
His pastor spoke out:
"T.J. was a devoted Christian man. He loved his wife and children, his Lord and the Lord's church and served it faithfully. He will be greatly missed. All the people of Oakwood Church grieve with his wife and children and their loss."
Mendez was the father of three boys and three girls and is survived by his wife and other family members.