Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Jessie Munsell Spurlock (1906-1959)


Mrs. Jessie Munsell Spurlock, wife of Jack Spurlock 54, of Richland Springs died at 12:03 a.m. April 21 in San Saba Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the First Baptist Church in Richland Springs, conducted by the Rev. George McHorse.

Native of Richland Springs, she was born Dec. 19, 1904, the daughter of the late L. D. and Winnie Bolinger Munsell. She had lived in the Richland Springs community all of her life.

She and Jack Spurlock were married on June 26, 1924, at Richland Springs. She was a member of the Baptist Church in which it was said that she was an active and faithful worker. She was a charter member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class which was organized about 30 years ago, and was the first member of the class, which maintains a membership of about 30 ladies, to die. The Dorcas Class attended the service as a group.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Bennett Hefte of Robstown; a son, Billie Ray Spurlock of San Antonio; and four grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Earl Hamrick of San Saba, Mrs. Cy Reynolds of Red Lake Falls, Minn., Mrs. B. D. Sheppard of Crane, Mrs. Raymond Wheeler of Raymondville and Miss Minnie B. Munsell of Mexio; three brother, C. I. Munsell of Richland Spgs., L. D. Munsell of Mason and J. W. Munsell of Ft. Stockton.

Pallbearers were Arnold Maeker of Lubbock, Glen Lewis of Richland Springs, Jimmy Hamrick of San Marcos, Charles Sheppard of Crane, D. L. Munsell of Zapata and Bobby Bryan Spurlock of Garland. Burial was made in Richland Springs Cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of Howell-Dorsa funeral directors."

[Source: "RITES HELD FOR JESSIE SPURLOCK," The San Saba News, 30 April 1959, p. 9, col. 7; digital images, NewspaperARCHIVE ( : accessed 7 Jan 2012).] 

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. "Dorcas" must have been a popular name for Sunday School classes. My grandmother was a member of the Dorcas class in a Methodist church.

    1. My family was never actively involved in a church, so until recently, I was not aware that Sunday School classes were named. Always learning something new!