I will lift up mine eyes to the hills for whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Florence Jean McGrue was a loving mother, aunt, sister, grandmother and friend who transitioned from this life into Glory on Friday, January 10, 2020. She was born December 11, 1943 in Pledger, Texas to Mrs. Augusta Oza Tilley. She relocated to Corpus Christi with her mother, during her pre-teen years. She attended Solomon Coles High School. Florence went on to work at Corpus Christi State School for 40 plus years. She achieved supervisory capacity over the Dietary Department. She gave her life to Christ at an early age. She was a faithful servant of St. John Baptist Church-Greenwood where she served on the Usher Board and sang in the choir.
Florence is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Mott McGrue, mother and brothers, Emanuel Oliver and Kenneth Tilley.
Florence leaves behind to cherish her memories her two sons; Ivan Dwayne Langston (Bobbie) of Grand Prairie, TX. and Charles Shelton (Crystal) of Los Angeles, CA., sisters; Helen Deruise (Michael) of Corpus Christi, TX., Lavern Tanner of Denton, TX., brother, Victor Tilley (Delresa) of Corpus Christi, TX., aunt, Cedalia Colbert of Dallas, TX, uncle, Jackawa Jackson of Whittier, CA.
Also surviving are her two grandsons; Ivan Langston II (Shannon) of Spokane WA., and Cedric Langston (Candice) of Grand Prairie, TX., two great-granddaughters, Chanel Betterson and Amaya Langston, one great-grandson, Caleb Langston, Best friend, Evelyn Graves and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
My dearest friend,
Oh, how my heart broke hearing the sad news, the last time we talked, we talked for hours, laughed and trying to finalize our lunch date as we have always done. This seems so unreal; it is like a nightmare, which I cannot wake from. You were more than a great friend; you were the sister I never had, whom I loved so much. I am going to miss you my dearest friend and I am asking God to continue to watch over your family and me.
I remember when you first moved to Corpus and we became friends right away, we had the utmost respect for one another. I was just telling my girls during the holidays that Florence could play that basketball and then I said I could play too, when I was fighting (we laughed). I thank God for bringing you into my life and I will cherish all our memories.
I am not going to say goodbye, but I will say until we meet again, I love you.
Your friend and sister,
Mrs. Evelyn Graves
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall no want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still water.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Reid Chapel in Seaside Memorial Park. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at St. John Baptist Church. Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.