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Thelma Juanita McMahan was born in Kiamichi, Oklahoma, February 23, 1922, and died June 20, 2016. Her parents were F.R. and Cora Aikman McMahan who predeceased her. Others predeceasing her were brothers, Lonzo, Elois, and Arlie McMahan along with a sister, Ruby McMahan.
Juanita graduated from White Oak High School as Salutatorian in 1939. She was also a graduate of North Texas State, Colorado State and did post-graduate work at S.F.A and George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
For five years, she was employed as secretary by the late Honorable Lindley Beckworth, U.S. Congressman. She resigned in order to finish her schooling and began her teaching career in Seagoville High School in the fall of 1949. She also taught in Brazosport High School, Arp High School and retired after 41 years of teaching -- the last 28 of those at Jacksonville College.
Juanita was a member of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, TX, since 1963. She taught Sunday school classes for more than 30 years. She was also a member of Golden Jubilee of FBC and the ETMC Auxiliary since 1989.
Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Karolyne Johnson, Gresham, Oregon; a nephew, Paul McMahan and wife Rena, White City, Oregon; one great-nephew, Curt Hugo, Gresham, Oregon; four great nieces, Tari Hugo Magnussen, Lana Muncie, Tiffany McMahan, and Leanna Munroe. Other nieces are Sharon Wiles, Lynne Pitchford, Donna Miller, along with several great-great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by foster daughters, Emily Bolton, Neatha Croft, Barbara Thompson, Barbara Brown and Patricia Thomas.
Serving as pallbearers will be former students and co-workers, Randy Decker, Chris McCurry, Farrel Pollard, Leon Ross, Joe Shidler and Randy Gorham. Honorary pallbearers will be ex-students, co-workers and members of Golden Jubilee.
A funeral service is scheduled at 11 o'clock in the morning Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Vernon Lee and Rev. Duane Turner and Rev. Dr. Edwin Crank officiating. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park in Henderson, TX.
Visitation will begin on Friday, June 24, 2016 and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, Jacksonville College or charity of choice.
Special thanks to Senior Care and its staff for the care given to her these last 10 months.
Published on June 22, 2016
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