Ira Lee Chism

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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.

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  1. For my dear sister Juanita. I'm so sorry that you have lost your mother. I know the feeling of lost; but don't think that you are alone, I'll always be there for you and love you.Your sister,Willa


  3. Granny we love you very much. You are now home where you truly belong. I know you said do not cry, because you have gone to a better place but there's a void down here on earth, that no one will ever be able to replace. I will smile and be strong, because I know your love will reach me from far beyond. Love you always. Carol Montgomery

  4. To the Chism/Thornton Family,May the Lord comfort you all in your time of need. I'm praying for you and your family.Paulette Wilson and Family

  5. Juanita, our prayers are with you and your family. Let an Angel into your life and joy and comfort will follow you wherever you go.Linda and Leia Campbell

  6. Heaven is richer,& she has returned home to Heaven to be with her beloved parents,favorite sister,& adored brothers. I'm honored to have been blessed by God to have her as my aunt because she taught me grace through humility. She & Aunt Lizzie stepped in '71 when my mother passed unexpectedly & my father,Winfred,was left with 5 small children. How I'll always recall going to her house & the meals that she would prepare for us (scratch biscuits,syrup mixed with butter for sopping, & the best pinto beans that I've EVER tasted in my life). I know this isn't goodbye,it's just "see you in afterwhile".

  7. Please accept my family's condolences in the passing of Aunt Ira Lee. Would someone be kind enough to send me an obituary to 7302 Umphress Rd. Dallas, TX 75217. May the Lord comfort the family in their loss. Sorry that I was unable to attend the funeral due to short notice.Love you all,Phyllis

  8. Janet,I am so very sorry for your loss. Ira Lee will always have a very special place in my heart. She was a wonderful, loving person.

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