The Record loses long time friend Pearl Myers Burgess
Pearl Myers Burgess, 96, went to be with her heavenly Father on May 31, 2017.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 4, 2017, at McDonald Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Tommy Anthony officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.
Visitation will be prior to the service beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Pearl was born on October 27, 1920 in Orange, Texas to parents Oscar Olivia (Poole) and Henry Carl Myers. She was a life-long resident of Orange, Texas and a descendant of early pioneers of Orange. She married her childhood sweetheart, Marion Lee (Billy) Burgess, Jr. on Christmas Eve in 1938 and they were blessed with three daughters. She was a homemaker and helped her husband run the family-owned meat market in West Orange for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and dearly loved her family. She was an experienced seamstress and used her talent to make clothes for herself and her daughters. She also enjoyed sewing different kinds of crafts and many of her unique creations were featured in the local newspaper. Yard work and gardening were also favorite pastimes.
In 1955 she moved with her husband and daughters to Freeport, Texas where Billy worked for Dow Chemical Company. They were members of Velasco Baptist Church and then West End Baptist Church. In 1958 they returned to Orange.
After retirement, she and Billy enjoyed traveling and took many trips across the nation. Their favorite destination was Disney World in Florida where she often performed on stage at the Crazy Horse Saloon at the request of the staff who became personal friends.
After fifty nine years of marriage, her husband Billy passed away, and she later married J. D. Stanfield, a long-time resident of Orange. They enjoyed each other’s companionship and she loved and appreciated all of his family. After nine years of marriage, J. D. passed away.
She enjoyed writing poetry and many of her poems were published in the local County Record newspaper. Most of her poems were words of hope and encouragement and told of her love of God. She also wrote about holidays and tributes to some of her favorite friends. She was recognized for her artistic contributions to her hometown by both Orange County and the State of Texas and presented with a Proclamation honoring her by Senator Robert Nichols. She was also featured in Las Sabinas, published by the Orange County Historical Society, for her rich Orange County family history.
Pearl was a member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church since 1933 and dearly loved her church family. Throughout her years she taught every age group in Sunday School from preschoolers to Senior Adults. She was a prayer warrior and prayed and read her Bible faithfully every day.
Pearl is preceded in death by her parents, husband, her twin brother Earl Myers, brother Carlton Myers, brother Marvin Myers, and her sister Kathleen Long. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters Juanita Spillers and husband Frank of Lake Jackson, TX, Billie Wynne Bruhn of Coldspring, TX, and Beverly Raymer and husband Jody of Orange, TX, and her sister Beryl Conway of Houston, TX, five grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and four great- great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pearl has been a source of inspiration to many, and her positive attitude and beautiful smile and laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McDonald Memorial Baptist Church, 104 Broad Street, Orange, TX 77630.
By Pearl Burgess
My Heavenly Father looked down from above
With outstretched arms He beckoned with love,
He said, “It is time, now come home to me
Your mansion is ready, now come and see.”
Gates opened wide, I saw streets paved of gold
Everything was just like the Bible had told,
Angelic voices sang their celestial songs
Thanking dear Jesus for forgiving my wrongs.
Reunited with loved ones, my joy overflowed
I met and embraced the great prophets of old,
Heavenly brightness guided me all the way
To kneel before my Father on this very day.
Such joy and sweet peace I have never known
As I knelt before God at the foot of His throne,
I gave Him the glory for his mercy and grace
He allowed me to look at His radiant face.
To those I leave with sad tears in their eyes
Rejoice for me now; I’m in Paradise,
Trust in the Lord, keep your heart pure and true
When it’s your time to come, I’ll be waiting for you.