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BENJAMIN F. USSERY, SR.

September 19, 1930 ~ January 18, 2019 (age 88)

Deacon Benjamin F. Ussery Sr. was the second child born to the union of Leon J Ussery Sr. and Eva Blakey Ussery on September 19,1930 in Guadalupe County. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age, and attended St. James Baptist and later Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

 

Benjamin moved to San Antonio TX graduating from Wheatley High School in 1948, he worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad until drafted in 1951. Benjamin served in the US Army during the Korean War 2 years and 9 months and received an Honorable Discharge. He returned to work at the railroad; in 1957 he began to work at the US Post Office as a letter carrier. After several manager promotions he was promoted to Postmaster of Universal City, becoming the first Black Postmaster in the Alamo District. After retiring from the Postal Service in 1990, Benjamin owned and operated a contract postal station in Tower Life Building downtown San Antonio.

 

In 1955 Benjamin married Velma Louise Terrell becoming step-father to Ronald Terrell. They later had two sons Benjamin and Charles. The family attended Macedonia Baptist Church under Pastor Roland Franklin there becoming a Deacon, later joining Tried Stone Baptist Church then Second Baptist until his demise.

 

Benjamin was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Eva, wife Velma, stepson Ronald, brothers; Roland, Leon and Daniel and sister Nellie Ellis.

 

He is survived by his wife of 21 years Annie Lewis Ussery, sons Benjamin (Diana) of Toole Utah, and Charles R (Patricia) of Nottingham MD. His siblings; Charles (Romania) of Long Beach CA., Aurelia Clack and Jenny Green of San Antonia TX, his lifelong friend/brother Chester (Kathy) Corley of San Antonia TX. He leaves 7 grandchildren and a host of great grand-children, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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