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Ozie  Sayles-McVea

Memorial for Ozie Sayles-McVea

Born in Lockhart, Teas on Dec. 13, 1917
Departed on Jan. 29, 2015 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Ozie Sayles-McVea, granddaughter of ex-slaves Alfred and Amanda Sayles and Aaron and Roxanne-Hargis, daughter of Robert and Sarah Lola Hargis-Sayles was born on December 13, 1917 in Caldwell County Lockhart, TX.

Ozie was the second of five children. As a young child, growing up on her family farm she often ran to the arms of her grandfather Alfred, for protection from early childhood spankings from her parents. Mama often shared with us how her mother would point out a chicken in the yard that she desired for that evenings meal. Being the marksman that she was, with one rock and one throw that chicken would find itself on the dinner table. Life on the farm was very active with milking cows, gathering eggs and mending fences. Working alongside her father, Ozie and her sister Essie would find themselves tumbling in the hay spilling more on the ground than they would get in the wagon.

Ozie attended school through the seventh grade, walking 4 miles each way to receive her education. She professed her faith in Christ at an early age, as a member of the Joliet Community Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Butler. She and three other young ladies organized the traveling quartet group called the Joliet Four.

At the young age of 22, Ozie met the love of her life Wesley McVea, and on May 20, 1939 they were united in Holy Matrimony, eventually bringing forth to this union a family of fourteen. In 1948 she and Wesley moved the family from Lockhart to Austin, TX where she united with St. James Baptist Church on Midway under the pastoral leadership of Reverend O.W. Henry. While a member of St. James, she continued her faith journey under the leadership of the late Rev. E.M. Franklin, and currently under the pastoral leadership of Dr. B.W. McClendon Sr. She was a faithful member of Mission II , B. W. McClendon Goldenaires, Sunday School, Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. Even as her health declined she continued to attend church every Sunday.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents, husband Wesley McVea, sons Willie Dee, Alvin, Charles Lee, and Johnny Edward McVea. Daughters Esther Ray Whalon, Bobbie Louise Morris, Ruthene Manor, and Patricia Lynn McVea, one grandson Charles A. Whalon, one granddaughter Roslyn E. McVea-White , and one great granddaughter Jessica Morris , one sister Annie B. McVea and one brother Walter Sayles. She is survived by Ellis McVea (Bessie), L. C. McVea, Claude Ray McVea (Ethel), Lena Mae Moore(Eugene), Lavanyan McVea, and Ethel Ann McVea, sisters Essie Riep, Bernice Pinchback, 26 grandchildren, 53 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Flowers may be sent February 6, 2015 to Austin-Peel and Son Funeral Home, 607 E. Anderson Lane.

Services entrusted to Dr. Barry J. W. Franklin, and A Life Celebration by Franklin, Taylor, Texas.

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