Harlen Lee Mayberry, 75, of Belleville, Ill., born Saturday, Feb. 22, 1940, in Point, Texas, passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., surrounded by his loved ones.
On Dec. 9, 1967, Harlen married Mildred (Pat), in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Dunbar High School, in Lubbock, Texas in 1958. He continued his education at Prairie View A & M University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1962. Harlen loved his wife and children and he provided a most wonderful and fantastic life for them. As a family, they traveled extensively as Harlen completed his service to the nation as a civil service employee for the Department of Defense. He retired in 2000. His employment took the family to live in the Azores, Portugal; Wiesbaden and Kaiserslautern, Germany; Lubbock, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas; Kansas City, Mo., and Belleville, Ill.
Harlen was preceded in death by his father, Laney Mayberry and his stepfather, Carl Nash.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred, of 47 years, 11 months and 18 days; his children, Michael Mayberry of Belleville, Ill., and Malaika, nee Mayberry, (Paul) Williams of Bowie, Md.; two granddaughters, whom he loved and cherished dearly, Makayla Jade Williams, and Ava Janae Williams of Bowie, Md.; his mother, Willie B. Ross of The Colony, Texas; his mother-in-law, Ethel Cooks of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Rosa (L.J.) Griggs of Lubbock, Texas, Velma Kelley (Vernell) of The Colony, and Eula (Robert) Herron of Little Elm, Texas; a brother, Alphonso Nash of Lubbock, Texas; sisters-in-law, Joyce Ann Brown of San Antonio, Texas, Famy Morgan of San Antonio, Texas and Bridgett Rucker of San Antonio, Texas. He also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and a plethora of friends that he gained throughout the years to cherish his memories.
Harlen loved to listen to music with his favorite being Jazz. He was an avid gardener, who loved to work in the garden and cultivating his plants.
The family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your presence, prayers, cards, fruit baskets, flowers and other expressions of love and caring at this time. The family sends much praise and thanks to the caring staff of the 104 Intensive Care Unit (neurology) at Barnes Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Mo. The staff of Serenity Funeral Home, St. Louis, Mo., and Lewis Funeral Home San Antonio, Texas.
Funeral: His funeral services were held at noon on Dec. 7, 2015, at Lewis Memorial Chapel in San Antonio, Texas, with the services entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, San Antonio, Texas. His Earthly resting place is at Sunset Memorial Gardens, San Antonio, Texas.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 6, 2016