Ethel Marie Burleson made her grand arrival into this world October 28, 1947 in Smithville, Texas in the beloved community of Center Union and Longview Community. She was the daughter of the late Henry Burleson and Lullaby (Jones) Burleson. She was the eighth child out of eleven born to this union. At a young age she professed her love of Christ. She was a spiritual woman with strong convictions and will.
She attended Center Union Rural School and Mary A. Brown Smithville High. At Center Union, she was Top Speller in the Spelling Be and Soloist - No Man Is An Island and got a standing ovation in a singing competition in Austin with Mrs. Lillie Brown an teacher at Center Union Rural in other words Colored - 1950’s. In 1961, she went to Mary A. Brown FHA Shorthand and Typing, Cheerleader at Mary A. Brown 1961-1964. At Smithville High (1964-1966) she did choir and was active in sports. She graduated in 1966.
On July 9, 1968, Ethel left Texas and her journey of the world began. She got a job in four days after being in California. She worked for Motown Records for a number of years, Phillip 76, and had her own business TS Services. In 1969, Ethel met Tom Scott, they married and one child was born - Keith (Robinson) Scott.
Ethel attend Cal State University with a degree in Bachelor of Science. She was in the Who’s Who in California. She was an illustrious biographer for the Historical Society.
Ethel moved back to Texas in 2003, after living in the Big City for forty years and plus moving back was a lot of work. But Ethel did whatever it took to get what she had to do. She wore many hats. Physician Mutual Insurance Agent, she worked for the U. S. Censuses, she worked at a group home on weekends.
Ethel was all around. She knew how to get things Done. “Love you Sis”, that is what she said often. “Love you too”.
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Burleson, mother, Lullaby Burleson; husband, Tom Scott, brothers, Lorenzo, Earlie and Bruce Burleson; sisters, Victoria Felix, Carrie Williams.
She leaves to cherish her memory her only son Keith (Robinson) Scott and wife Nyeshe, her grandson Nathan, her sisters, Delores Wynn, Willene Cook, Linda Martin, Brothers, Lionel Burleson (Margie) Burleson, Curtis Burleson (Barbara), nieces and nephews, Brenda, Rhonda, Connie Cousins, Sharon, Janine, Stacy, Judy, Patty, Ronnie, Rickey Felix, Shelia, Nina, Gezella, Lorenzo, Jeff, Kim, Shell, and Junee Burleson,Chuck and Kene Martin, Tonya and Earl Burleson; a big host of love ones, cousins and friends. Ethel also left behind to cherish her memory a special friend, Clarence Benford, Monique Lewis and Edith Denman.
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