Mozelle Barnhill Gerald
Mozelle Barnhill Gerald, 76, of Orange, passed from this life on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from her home.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 9, at North Orange Pentecostal Church in Orange. Officiating will be her son, the Rev. Gregary C. Gerald, her brother the Rev. Glen Barnhill, as well as other ministers and friends. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.
Serving as pallbearers will be Steve Faulk, Henry Hollie, David Choates, Darwin Hinson, Darrell Thibodeaux, Sherman Gallander, Tim Hudson and Ronald LeBouef.
The family will receive friends for visitation at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service time.
Born in Marthaville, La., on July 25, 1938, Mrs. Gerald was the daughter of Emerson and Maudie Estelle (Cobb) Barnhill. On June 10, 1956, she married Rev. Herman E. Gerald and thus began a journey of life together that would last 53 years. They traveled and evangelized for four years, then accepted the pastorate in Marshall. After this, they began to serve the church in Paris, Tx., and in 1963, accepted the pastorate in Cleveland, Tx.
In 1972, they became missionaries to Nigeria, West Africa and upon their return to the states in the latter part of 1975, they accepted the pastorate at North Orange Pentecostal Church in Orange. They served the church in Orange until Rev. Gerald’s death on March 31, 2010.
Sister Gerald served in many capacities within the United Pentecostal Church International. She was Texas District Ladies President from 1993 until 2005. She spoke at many ladies meetings within the UPCI. Her Godly character and dignity was exampled by her life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed greatly by her children and grandchildren and can never be replaced.
Sister Gerald was preceded in death by her parents, Emerson and Maudie Estelle Barnhill; husband, Rev. H.E. Gerald; and sister, LaNelle Guiterrez.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Gregary Christian and Jacqueline Machel Gerald of Shepherd, Herman Wade and Terri Renee Gerald of Pineland; grandchildren, Brandon Christian Gerald, Shandolyn Machel Rankin and her husband,Brandon, Katelyn Macy Gerald, Ashley Ann Gerald, Bailey Lynn Gerald and Landon Wade Gerald.
She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Emerson Glen and Teresa Barnhill of Cleveland; sister, Deanie McGee of DeBerry; niece Traci Hudson and her husband, Tim and other loving nieces, nephews and friends in the ministry.