Missionary Burta Mae Hall
A Loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother
On May 1, 1928 a baby girl was born to Raynor and Bessie Mae Phillips in Augusta, TX, they named her Burta Mae Philips. A few years later the family moved to Crockett, TX were Burta Mae attended primary school. Burta dedicated her life to Christ at an early age and joined Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.
The family later moved to Houston, TX were Burta Mae graduated from Jack Yates High School. After high school she was united in holy matrimony to Thears Wilson Jackson. To this union three children were born, Bessie Carolyn, Kenneth Morris, and Vivian Dian. The family settled in the Piney Point Community of Houston, TX. They attended Greater Mount Pilgrim MBC where she became a member. After ten years this marriage dissolved. Some years later Burta and Deacon James Hall was united in holy matrimony. During this marriage Deacon James Hall joined Greater Mount Pilgrim MBC were they both served faithfully.
Burta was a very hard worker, she worked many years for Ms. Nancy Peterkin as a housekeeper. While working for Ms. Peterkin she attended Franklin Beauty School where she received her Cosmetology license. After earning her license, she made a career change from housekeeper to entrepreneur owning her own salon which she named Burta’s House of Beauty. She was very successful in the cosmetology field where she gained the reputation of “If you want your hair straight go to Ms. Burta Mae!”
Burta’s hard work ethics carried over into the church where she held many different positions for over 70 plus years. She was superintendent of the Sunday School, Secretary of the church, Mission President and teacher, and mentored many others in the church to fulfill their God given talents. While working with the mission she traveled to many cities and states sharing the word of God at workshops, conferences, and the Texas State Convention. Under the leadership of Rev. D.F. Curtis, she received her license as a Missionary and gained the title Missionary Burta Mae Hall. She worked faithfully with the Arc of Love Mission Auxiliary until her health failed.
Missionary Burta Mae Hall transitioned from her earthly home to her heavenly home on November 13, 2019. She is preceded in death by her parents Raynor and Bessie Mae Phillips, her bothers Sam, Lee, Albert, Henry, Richard, Grover, Matthew, Curtis, George Wesley, and Raynor Phillips, Jr., her sisters Leora Edwards and Emmer Jean Jones, and her children Bessie Carolyn Jackson and Rev. Kenneth Morris Jackson.
She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter Vivian Dian Bell (Andrew), her siblings Dewey Phillips, Gloretha Nunn, and Willie Elizabeth Williams, thirteen grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 19 great-great grandchildren and a of host nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and loved ones.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Visitation: 9-10 AM
Celebration of Life Service: 10:00 AM
Greater Mt. Pilgrim Missionary
3201 Blanco Street
Houston, Texas 77063
Pastor George E. Hill,
Prairie Grove Cemetery