Bernice Burgess Grayson, 86, of Arlington, Texas, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003 at the Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 18, 1916, in Paragould, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Henry Cornelious and Ocia Stevens McDonald.
She married Chalmer Burgess, Clarence Whitaker and Haywood Grayson, all preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by one son, Charles Burgess; one daughter, Dorothy Walters; one brother, Billy McDonald; two sisters, Olevia Davis and Flora Nipper; one grandson, Michael Walters and one great-grandson, Billy Barnes.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Burgess, of Arlington and Jimmy Burgess, of Mansfield, Texas; five daughters, Peggy Sessums, of Arbyrd, Mo., Deloise Taylor, of Paragould, Joyce Ewton, of Venus, Texas and Linda Huff, of Grand Prairie, Texas; 26 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.the Rev. Vernon Purser officiating.
Burial was in the Lulu Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Neal, Jackie, and Brian Burgess, Dennis Ewton, Brian Shirley, David and Daniel Pearson, Mickey Ward, Gaylon Ewton and Kenny Burgess.
McDaniel Funeral Home of Arbyrd was in charge of the arrangements.