Johnny Musgrove, 75 of Cunningham

johnieJohn William [Johnie] Musgrove, age 75 of Cunningham, Texas left his family and friends on earth to join his family and friends on the other side, December 10, 2014. Funeral Services will be Saturday, December 13 at 2:00pm at Life Tabernacle Church in Cunningham. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Church on Friday evening beginning at 6:00pm. Wood Funeral Homes, Deport have charge of the arrangements.

Johnie was born on October 16, 1939 in Cunningham, Texas. He was the son of Bill and Maebell Suddeth Musgrove. He attended schools in Paris and Cunningham, and while in Cunningham, he met the love of his life, Nelta. He married Nelta LaRue Watson on May 24, 1956 in Paris, Texas. He and his wife owned and operated Musgrove Country Store in Cunningham for over 50 years. Johnie was a dairy man and merchant; a farmer; a rancher; a trucker; a bail bondsman; and loved to sell used furniture. At one time, he owned and operated two separate stores in Cunningham.

His wife, Nelta, preceded him in death on July 21, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Maebell Suddeth Musgrove; three sisters: Mary Helen Musgrove Phillips; Virginia Musgrove Jessee; and Billee Musgrove Smith.

He is survived by two children: Stacy Musgrove and wife, Linda and Zarinska Morton and husband, Shane; grandchildren: Stoney Musgrove and wife, Meagan; Charity Musgrove and fiancé, Chance Belcher; great-grandchildren: Mayzie Grace and Andrie Joyce Musgrove all of Cunningham;

Johnie was a family man. He enjoyed spending time with his family and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

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  1. Letris Stewart says:

    Prayers for peace and comfort for all. I have so many memories of the store in Cunningham.
    God Bless you all
    David and Letris Stewart

  2. Scott Stimson says:

    Praying for all the family today, I have many wonderful memories of Johnie and Nelta they were wonderful people and now they are on the other side together “Oh death where is thy sting and oh grave where is thy victory” thanks be to God who gave us the victory over death.

  3. John Wood says:

    I hope the family finds comfort in God’s grace. Johnny was a fine man who loved his family. He was a good friend to many and had many wonderful stories to tell. I am grateful that I got to know this man.

  4. Debra Nixon Barba says:

    Dear Musgrove Family,

    I just saw this about your father and grandfather. I am deeply shocked for Mr. Musgrove was a funny man. he would come to Deport and Prairiland with a big smile, his white hat, shake everyone’s hand, he would be laughing, talking, and everyone knew who Mr. Musgrove was too. He made you feel like his family.He had a big warm heart too go with his personality. Saying hi to the kids.Oh, he loved his family, friends, life,and just meeting people.Mrs. Musgrove would be right there beside him and smiling as big as he was too. Loved watching his son play basketball.I hope everyone has a funny thought of something he said or did. I am sure the memories will come one by one.He would enjoy the laughter a lot more. Though I know it so hard at this time. I went to school with Stacy. Stacy took after his dad.Thoughts and prayers to all of you in this time. God needed a special ANGEL and choose Mr. Musgrove.He’ll be looking and watching over all of you.Love to all

  5. Blaine Smith says:

    Johnny was my very favorite uncle. From very early in my life he was teaching me how to ride a horse, drive a tractor, use a rope, crack a bull whip and work till dark. I will always have memories of driving the farm with him in his pick up. For a kid, there was never a dull moment. Johnny and Nelta were my introduction to how to have fun and be yourself. I love you all, Musgroves, and I will miss my Uncle Johnny.

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