OBITUARY

John R. Mosley

January 17, 1929May 16, 2011

John Robert Mosley

We are here to celebrate John’s May 16, 2011 departure from his earthly home to his heavenly one, where he will begin the longest dance marathon of his life! John was born January 17, 1929 in Paris Texas to John and Willie Iva Mosley, both of whom passed away during his teen years. He attended Paris High School where as a cheerleader it was evident even then that his debonair, charismatic personality would last a lifetime. He soon met his future wife Carolyn Cannon, and they both attended Kilgore Jr. College where Carolyn was a Kilgore Rangerette and he continued to cheer. They married in 1950 and settled in Houston. John finished at University of Houston where he cheered and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Once he graduated, he began a long career in the Insurance industry, working for Republic Insurance Company, American General, Couch Insurance, and again for Republic Insurance Company until he retired. During his career, he also worked along side Carolyn with Jolyns—their design firm and antique business. Post-retirement he pursued this passion full time and remained active in the business until his illness forced him to close his beloved Heights shop. Referred to as “The Height’s Monkey Man,” because of his penchant for monkeys, he will continue to be highly revered for his knowledge in antiques and his decorating abilities. John’s fun-loving spirit, his heart-warming love towards his family and friends, and his devotion to God were the cornerstones of his life. He served as a long-time Deacon at Second Baptist Church where he faithfully ushered in the same first floor section for many years. He was a devoted member of the Gospel Truth Bible Study class for over twenty years and was active in many church activities, particularly enjoying service activities and the construction of the candy houses at Christmas. Family was his priority and both his family and extended family adored him. Holidays were a joy, filled with tradition and open to anyone who needed a second home. John loved to travel and in particular adored cruises. There were always new adventures and experiences to cherish, from a simple gathering of friends and their families at the beach or ranch, an action packed family trip to Mexico or Italy, or one of his many cruises with his beloved family members. He was a fabulous dresser, but was as comfortable in a tuxedo as he was in shorts working in his garage or yard. John treasured his home, his neighbors and his neighborhood. He was a wonderful cook who enjoyed entertaining—with presentation being incredibly important. He could prepare anything, as easily for two as two hundred; and his spaghetti dinners, Mosley Burgers and Fudge Pie were infamous! John was a lifetime friend to many and he greeted each of them with an open heart and his famous welcoming smile. He treasured his friends and they cherished him. Once a friend—you were a friend for a lifetime. He was involved in multiple different groups for many years (many in excess of 50), with some of his favorites being: Sip&Sup, Chicken-foot and Bridge groups, and his numerous dance groups including Lords and Ladies, and dancing with the gang at the Petroleum Club to the music of Marilyn and Gerry. He lived a full and wonderful life touching all who crossed his path with a mark that will last a lifetime.

Preceded in death by: his three sisters—Evabell House, Mary Stevens, and Dorothy Marie Pride; his wife of 42 years, Carolyn; and his second wife of seven years Ann Keeling whom he married in 1995. Left to cherish his memory are: his two daughters—Cynthia Love Hendrickson and husband Bob and Candace Mosley Stephens; three grand children—Heather K. Casada and husband Garrett, Morgan E. Settegast and Austin Hunter Stephens; great-grandson—Tristen Cash Casada; three nephews—William B. House and wife Nancy Ruth, Phillip K. House and wife Mary Ellen, and Jerry P. House and wife Willetta; three nieces—Nancy House, Sharon Atkins and husband Phil, and Shelley Frederick; and his loving companion of the past six years—Lasca Burns. Extended Family include: Heather, Ashley and Jason Hendrickson; Kay-Kay and Charlie White, Darren and Sheri Keeling, Tiffani Keeling Swank and their children: Boomer and Tug White; Kayla, Ashley, Emily and Elizabeth Keeling; and Bridgette Swank.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 20, 2011

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, May 21, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 21, 2011

Memories

John R. Mosley

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Sandy Spatafora

May 27, 2011

Candace: I want to say how sorry I was to hear of your recent loss. I wish I was there to give you a hug as I don’t have any eloquent words to express my sympathy. I lost my father in 1999 and I know how big of an adjustment it was for my whole family. If you need someone to listen, I’m a phone call away. Sandy

Emeka Oyolu

May 27, 2011

Candace,

Clara and I received the news of your father's death with much sadness. We pray that he rests in perfect peace, and ask God to give you and your family the fortitude with which to bear the irreparable loss.

Take care.

Steve Young

May 27, 2011

Candace – We hurt for/with you and your family during this time of loss in your Dad’s passing on to be with the Lord. But glad to know you will see him again someday soon. Thought you may be encouraged by following (verse I shared in funeral service for my Grandfather Mitchell).

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Steve

Sue Nguyen

May 27, 2011

Candace--Prayers are with you and the family. God Bless you.
Sue

Jules Broussard

May 27, 2011

Candace,



I was very sad to read about your Father John this morning. I know he was very proud of you & Austin. He was a good man & an excellent Father. The memories of him will carry him with you.

Jules

Lisa McDermott

May 27, 2011

Candace I am so sorry. I tried to stop by to see you this evening but I'm sure you were out taking care of everything. I know how much your dad meant to you. I hate to tell you this but I am caught between a rock and a hard place. My aunt died this week and her funeral is at the same time as your dad's in Marble Falls, Tx. I can't believe the timing worked out this way. I want to be there to support you but I will not be able to attend your dad's funeral or help out Saturday. Please know that Sean wants to attend the funeral. He wants to help Austin and you through this difficult time. He preferred to stay here and go to your dad's funeral so he won't be going to my aunt's funeral with me.
I know this year has been and will continue to be hard on you. I know how close you were to your dad. He was very special. I will have time over the summer and I hope to get together with you and help you decompress.

Debbie Burr

May 27, 2011

Candace. I pray you & your family have the strength needed to give each other all the love & support necessary during this time. Take care of yourself and let me know if I can do anything for you.
Know your father is in Great Hands now.
Debbie

Tami Sandlin

May 27, 2011

Oh, Candace, I know you heart is breaking as I know he was so special to you. Please accept my deepest sympathies during this time. I know you have heard it time and time again but he is a happy man now! It is always too soon and we are never ready to let go, though only temporarily, of those that we love so much.
It is true, things here on earth will never be the same and his presence will always and forever be missed. My prayer for you is that he is always allowed to make his presence know to you and those who love him. Sometimes that is the only thing that gets me and the children through is the feeling of his presence even though he isn’t with us any more.
Know that I love you and it ever you need a friend, I am here for you!
Much love and prayers!
Tami

Roxie Legendre

May 27, 2011

Candace,

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. As you mentioned, you know where he is now which is a better place for him. But I know that does not remove your sense of loss.

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts prayers.

Roxie

Cheryl Westhpal

May 27, 2011

Candace, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know how close you two were and he will be sorely missed. Having lost my mother Christmas eve 2009, I know what you are going through. With time, things will ease. You were very lucky to have had these past months to spend with him and I know how much that has meant to you.

Your faith is the very best thing for times like this and I am thankful that you have that. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

cheryl

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