“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Services for Emma Eudora Barron Braswell, 84, of Gainesville are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel with Jonathan Glenn Braswell Sr. officiating, assisted by Dr. Bennie Slack. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Clement-Keel Funeral Home of Gainesville. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Clement Keel Funeral Home.
Mrs. Braswell died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, with her family by her side.
She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Marshall, to Jesse Aaron and Mabel Butler Barron. On June 21, 1946, she was married to James Lee Braswell Sr. in Marshall. Emma was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy of Marshall, 1942; the College of Marshall, now East Texas Baptist University, 1943; Howard Payne University, Brownwood, 1945; and began her career in the education field as Registrar and Secretary to the Principal of the Marshall Junior High School, 1945. She took a break to have and mother four wonderful children from 1949 to 1959 and began teaching in 1966. She taught at Valley View, Woodbine, Lindsay, and Era. Mrs. Braswell retired in 1991 after 23 years with the Texas Youth Commission in Gainesville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gainesville; a 50-year-plus member of the Marshall Chapter No. 356 Order of the Eastern Star; a member of the Gamma Sigma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and a 1995 golden anniversary honoree of Howard Payne University, Brownwood.
Survivors include son, James Lee Braswell Jr. and wife Becky of Colleyville; son, Jonathan Glenn Braswell Sr. and wife Judy of Monahans; son, Billy David Braswell of Gainesville; daughter, Sharon Rebecca (Becky) Davis and husband Royce of Carthage; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Aaron Barron, Jan. 2, 1960; her mother, Mabel Butler Barron, Oct. 11, 1974; her husband of 50 years, James Lee Braswell Sr., March 22, 1996; and one sister, Martha Chandler, April 12, 2005.
On June 6, 1997, Eudora was married to Robert Renfro in Sherman, Texas. She is also survived by step-daughter Sue Lowry, and step-sons Marty Renfro and Paul Renfro and his wife Karen.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, James Lee Braswell III, Jonathan Glenn Braswell Jr. Joshua Braswell, Brandon Braswell, Houston Davis and James Braswell Davis. Honorary bearers will be grandsons, Jesse Braswell, Victor Braswell and granddaughter, Laurie Braswell Taylor.
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”