Max Sturdivant of Waco, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
Services were at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at Sparks Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Linda Wimberley and Rev. Delbert Taylor officiating. Burial was at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Bellmead Funeral Home.
Max began his life on a ranch in Hylton, Texas with his father and mother, Hayes Sturdivant and Ruby Bagley Sturdivant on March 4, 1923. He attended grade school in Hylton, Texas and in Nolan County Schools. He graduated from Blackwell, Texas High School in the fall of 1941. After graduating, he enrolled in Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas in 1941. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he volunteered in the US Army Air Force and was assigned to the 15 Air Force and was stationed in Italy where he flew 52 mission as a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. He returned to the US in 1945 to the ranch to assist his mother in the ranching business. In 1948 with a Bachelor Degree in the Animal Husbandry, he returned to Nolan County and taught Agriculture for three years in the Nolan County Veterans Vocational School. When the school closed in 1951, he began work with the Texas Extension Service as a County Agricultural Agent in Fisher County and later in Knox County, Texas. He moved to Waco in 1959 as manager of the League Ranch. In Abilene, Texas he met and married Oneta Mallon. They had one daughter, Jacqueline Kay Sturdivant who died in 2009.
Preceding Max in death were his parents; daughter, Jacqueline Kay Sturdivant Jones and husband Randall Wayne Jones; sister, Mary Clark Sturdivant Holt and husband Harry Holt; brother, James Allen Sturdivant and wife Evelina of Corpus Christi; niece, Mary Louise Clark of Corpus Christi; and nephew, Jim Mallon of Georgetown, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Oneta Mallon Sturdivant; one grandson, Justin T. Jones, PhD and wife, April Gross Jones of Ft. Worth, Texas; two great-grandsons, Owen Arthur Jones and Eric Henry Jones of Ft. Worth; five nieces, Mary Jo Holt Smith and husband Jerry Smith of Carbon, TX, Betty Ann Holt of Dallas, TX, Jane Mallon of Georgetown, TX, Paula Mallon Arendt and husband Greg of Fredricksburg, TX, Leigh Ann Smith of Ft. Worth, TX and Judy Brown and husband Bruce of Corpus Christi; five nephews, Jim Sturdivant and wife Sandy of Tulsa, OK, David Mallon of Round Rock, TX, Randy Mallon of Austin, TX, Matt Smith and wife Rachel Smith of Tuscola, TX and Tracy Black and wife Pam of Arizona; sister-in-law, Maurine Mallon of Abilene, TX; and Patty Mallon Baack of Globe, Arizona.
Max truly believed â€śThe Earth is the Lordâ€™sâ€ť. One of the highlights of his life was serving on the McLennan County Soil and Water Conservation District 512 Board for 43 years. He was a member of the Sparkâ€™s Memorial United Methodist Church of Bellmead, TX and held many offices in that church, including teaching Sunday school class for approximately four years.
Memorials may be made to Sparks Memorial United Methodist Church, 900 Maxfield, Bellmead TX. 76705.
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