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Beulah Johnnie Hurd Mercer

Memorial for Beulah Johnnie Hurd Mercer

Born in Austin, Texas on Jan. 9, 1906
Departed on Nov. 5, 2010 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010
09:00 am - 7:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
12 pm
Cemetery: Hopewell Cemetery
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Beulah Johnnie Hurd Mercer

My name is Beulah "Johnnie" Hurd Mercer. My life began on January 9, 1906, on a cold, wintry day on my family's rural farm in Austin, Texas. As a centenarian, God has blessed me with longevity to witness numerous changes and advances throughout my lifetime.

I was born into a large family, the fourth child born to James Willie (Will) Hurd (08/08/1869-06/07/1960) and Mamie Woods Hurd (11/02/1880-02/18/1949). I especially recall the stories of my father and his mother's life following the end of slavery and how they remained on the slave owners' farm, but eventually left to start a new life near the Pedernales River. I have used my voice to relay the historical fabric of our family to each generation, fully expecting that they will continue to write our history and live out our Christian values and hard work ethics.

When I think of my family, I think about God's Word. It says, Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; Psalm 127.

My seven (7) brothers were James (Jim) Hurd (05/26/1898- 11/06/1983), Charles Douglas (Charlie) Hurd (12/23/1902- 12/1972), Claude Hurd (02/15/1904-11/29/1940), Howard Hurd (01/12/1914-08/31/2002), Perry Will Hurd, Sr. (05/20/1917-02/23/2002), Clarence Hurd (09/06/1919-11/08/1990), and Luther Tom (L.T.) Hurd (06/06/1921-11/15/1981). My four (4) sisters were Coma Beatrice (Teeda) Hurd Mercer (11/14/1908-05/15/2002); Ethel May (Dipper) Hurd Sauls (08/08/1911-03/24/2001), Gladys Hurd Reeves (05/08/1912-02/13/1938), and Willie Blanche (Doll) Hurd Smith (10/20/1923-05/25/1996). I remember when life was simpler when families were closely knit, worked together and completely depended on whatever the farm and garden could produce. Our home was filled with strong family ties, Christian values, love and discipline. We were kept busy with daily household tasks and chores such as taking care of the hogs, cows, sheep, and the chicken we raised on our farm. When I was not picking cotton with my mother, I attended Stony Point Colored School (Hutto, TX) and Hopewell Colored School, the first in Round Rock for African Americans.

My family moved to Round Rock to establish a farm and it was there that I met Isaiah Mercer, Sr. (04/14/1903-12/30/1977), the love of my life. In 1926, Ike and I married and remained married for 56 years. I joined Sweet Home, the Mercer family's church when I was twenty-two and remained there throughout the years. Together we raised two (2) boys; Isaiah Mercer, Jr. (09/11/1929-08/16/2003), and James W. Mercer, Sr. (09//14/1931-03/02/2010). Our lives were also blessed with four (4) girls; Vivian G. Franklin (07/29/1927-10/02/2000), Beulah Faye Hall, Jessie Carson, and Birdie Korne including adopted granddaughter, Teeyia Mercer. We raised them with the same grit, stamina and lessons from our parents. Respect, discipline, treating people right, and the power of quality family time have been passed on to my sixteen (16) grandchildren, of which two are deceased (Victor Gibson (09/20/1959-03/07/2001)and James "Jed" Harper Jr. (10/06/1967-10/30/2007), twenty one (21) great-grandchildren, of which two are deceased (Jeremiah Malik Fowler (10/04/1997-10/19/2003) and Tyra Alexis Laosebiken (04/28/1997-12/11/2003), and thirty three (33) great-great-grandchildren.

For many years I was a valued employee of Trinity Lutheran Nursing Home, and after cooking for the center's residents, I would walk a mile home to prepare dinner for my family. I later served as a cook and driver for the Round Rock Area Senior Center until finally retiring at the age of 86.

I have remained a woman of strong faith as evidenced by my longstanding membership of 81 years at the Sweet Home Baptist Church of Round Rock where Dante D. Wright I currently serves as Pastor. In my spare time I enjoy quilting, shelling pecans, sharing memories with friends and family and attending church whenever possible.

I am thankful because of the discipline I had, because it was the sacrifices and love of my parents that made me who I am and prepared me for life. They taught us plenty about how to work, live right, do right and do things the best you can. Through it all, God has been so good to me!

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