Ira Lee Chism
November 20, 1917 ~ May 19, 2008
You have traveled life's highway, and on the way, you have met many obstacles. Monday night, May 19, 2008 at 10:50 PM, you read a sign that said, "Heaven, heavenly home." And an Angel was at the door to greet you, and said "My child, you have struggled long and suffered hard, now it is time to come home." Funeral services for Ira Lee Chism, 90, of Avinger, will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 24 at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Avinger with the Rev. Robert Gomilla, officiating, under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Avinger, TX. On November 20, 1917 in Avinger, Texas a blessed event took place. Doss and Pettie Neal Jones were blessed with a tiny baby girl. Mr. and Mrs. Jones named their baby Ira Lee. At an early age, she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and united with Union Hill Baptist Church. Then later became a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Ira Lee had 4 children. Peggy Montgomery, Juanita Thornton & Janet Raglin. Morris Johnson preceded her in death. Out of all that said and done after 90 years of service on this earth, the Lord whispered to Ms Ira Lee to come and rest. Therefore, on Monday May 19, 2008 in Good Shepherd Hospital she fell asleep in the "Arms of Jesus" upon His command, leaving one sister Beedie J. Jackson (Sammy) of Marlin, TX & two brothers Charles Jones of Avinger and James E. Jones of Houston. two brothers preceded her in death (Deboy & Winfred Jones) & one sister (Lizzie Galloway). She also leaves 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 20 great great grandchildren. And a host of neices, nephews and friends. Visitation will be from 12 to 5 PM Friday, May 23, 2008 at the funeral home. THERE'S A TREE THAT'S GOOD FOR THE HEALING I told a friend the other day, That I would soon be coming his way. I told him this old body was getting weak, Surely but slowly, there's a leak. Sometimes I would get up and sit back down, But I'd still made it round by round. Someone told me about a tree, And just one leaf would heal me. I knew death was coming as a thief, So I asked my friend to pull me a leaf. Don't you worry and don't you fret, Today, I have not one regret. No more rocking from side to side, I'm going where I'll be satisfied. No more prescriptions to be filled, This old body is already healed. This shouldn't take you by surprise, I told you I was going to paradise. I said it wouldn't be very long, You would look for me and I'll be gone. I've fought a real good fight, Between me and God, it's alright. I don't want you to be sad, Rejoice and be exceedingly glad. I'm not suffering, I have no pain, I'm going where there's more to gain. I've finally made it to that tree, My friend was waiting with a leaf for me.