Claybar Funeral Home
The Orange Leader
Services for Dixie Bunkley,95, of Temple will be Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, Texas with the Reverend Mike Umbenhaur of First Presbyterian Church of Orange officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Orange, Texas.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 PM, Friday, February 8 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange, TX.
Mrs. Bunkley died on Friday, February 1, 2013 at a local hospital in Temple.
Born in Winnsboro, TX, on Dec. 17, 1917, Dixie was the daughter of Isaiah Lee Goolsby and Lula Belle Cowley Goolsby. Dixie was the last of her seven brothers and sisters to pass away. During World War Two, she moved to Orange where her husband Sterling was employed in a shipyard.
Dixie graduated from University of Houston with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She taught school for twenty five years in the Orange, Texas area.
She was a member of First Presbyterian church in Orange for sixty five years, teaching Sunday school and Bible school. After moving to Temple, she worshiped at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Temple, Texas. Dixie was active in the Christian Women Organization and the Retired Teachers Association.
Her hobbies included gardening, reading, and music.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sterling Bunkley, a marriage lasting sixty nine years.
Dixie is survived by her Son, Rex Bunkley, and his wife Pat, of Sun Lake, AZ and two daughters, Sandy Mason, and her husband Clarence Mason of Belton TX, Sharon Hogg and her husband Buster Hogg of Bridge City, TX. She is also survived by four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers will be David Mason, Mike Bunkley, David Reeves, Clarence Mason, Buster Hogg, and Jeremy Hogg.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Arbor House Memory Care Center in Temple for all the love and care shown to Dixie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services, 4407 Bee Cave Road Suite 520, Austin, TX. 78746.