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Jency Bernice McMurrey Runnels of San Antonio, TX, was born on July 9, 1912. She went to be with our Lord on April 2, 2014, three months shy of reaching her 102nd birthday. Jency Bernice McMurrey and her sister, Johnnie Doris, were born in Sweet Home, TX, in the area of Pilot Grove, near Yoakum. The family moved to Charlotte when the girls were young where they farmed for several years. Jency was baptized in the Charlotte Baptist Church in 1924, (CBC just celebrated its 100th anniversary). The family moved into South San Antonio, TX, in 1924, where Jency graduated from South San High School in 1930 from the old Fleming Building. Interestingly, this is the same building in which she began her teaching career in 1932, after having attended Mary Hardin Baylor College for two years. And it was in this building that she met her sweetheart, Frank Carson Runnels, who had come to the area from Huntington, TX, to coach. The couple was married in 1936. Jency went on to complete her degree from MHB in 1954. For years, Jency's life was centered around sports, following Lanier and South San basketball, her husband's teams, and her son's playing; and ultimately, becoming an avid Spurs fan. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a teaching sorority; was a founder of the San Antonio Co-Wi (Coaches' Wives Club); was a member of the DAR; taught second and third grades for 46 years; and most notably, played the organ for churches, weddings, and funerals for over 80 years. For most of her long life, she was a member of South San Baptist Church and lived in South San from the age of twelve. Jency traveled extensively after she was widowed and never missed an opportunity to jump in the car with her family, wherever they might be going. That included attending her grandchildren's livestock shows, (bundled up in the stands), ball games, and Aggie "march in's". The Christian example of her life made an immeasurable, lasting influence. Jency was preceded in death by her husband of almost 43 years, Frank Carson Runnels (d. 1979). She is survived by her children, James Franklin Runnels and Martha Jency Runnels Heifrin, and their spouses, Kathleene Van Treese Runnels and George Rollin Heifrin. Mamu, as she was lovingly called, first by her grandchildren and eventually by all, is also survived by four grandchildren, Vance Franklin Runnels and his wife, Shanna Runnels, Vanessa Francine Runnels Parkey and her husband, David Warren Parkey, Frank Garrett Heifrin and his wife, Misty Templeton Heifrin, Jeff Runnels Heifrin and his wife, Mallory Countryman Heifrin; twelve great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren, two nephews, and countless friends. Special thanks to the following for all the love and care provided during the past year: Nurses In Touch (Hospice), Hondo Nursing and Rehab, Martha Tellez, Andrea Aguilar, and DeDe Dominguez. (Memorials may be made to Nurses In Touch Hospice and FBC Castroville.) Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
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FRIDAY
APRIL 4, 2014
1:00 P.M.
PORTER LORING CHAPEL
Interment will be in San Fernando Cemetery No.3

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Published in Express-News on Apr. 3, 2014
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