Earl Moseley, speaking to the San Marcos City Council last summer in favor of invocations to begin council meetings. File photo.
By ANDY SEVILLA
Former San Marcos City Councilmember Earl Moseley, well known for his compassionate ways at Texas State and around San Marcos, died Thursday evening at a San Antonio hospice center where he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.
Moseley, 48, had been receiving primary care at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, but was transferred to the Odyssey Hospice House in San Antonio this week after doctors at M.D. Anderson discovered that cancer had spread to his liver and kidneys, according to an email sent out to family and friends updating Mosley’s condition earlier this week.
The email stated that doctors told Moseley he only had three months to live.
“Doctors gave their opinion,” said Derrick Benn, Moseley’s close friend of 24 years. “And God has final say so.”
Benn said Moseley died at about 5:40 p.m. and has been picked up by the Lee Chapel West Mortuary in Seguin. Funeral arrangements were pending as of Thursday evening.
“(Moseley) was the best definition of love that I’ve ever seen,” Benn said. “He’s the most genuine person I’ve ever met.”
Moseley served as a San Marcos city councilmember from 1998 to 2001. After graduating from Southwestern University, Moseley arrived at Texas State (then Southwest Texas State) in 1985. At Texas State, Moseley was coordinator of student activities and an advisor to the Student Activities Council, among other roles there.
A Monday night fundraising dinner for Moseley drew more than 200 students and friends and raised more than $2,700.
Margie Crosby, who attended the Abundant Life Church with Moseley, said Moseley was a man of faith and love. She said Moseley also was a source of inspiration. Moseley was the godfather to Crosby’s daughter, Faith.
“Elder Earl was a very passionate person that helped others fulfill their God-given potential,” Crosby said. “He loved serving the Lord. He loved serving the people and the community.”
Mosley’s closest relatives lived in Seguin, Benn said, adding that they’re in high spirits despite their sadness.
“It’s hard to lose a brother or a son,” Benn said. “The family lost a huge part of their family… But you lose things when you don’t know where they are. (Moseley) is no longer with us, but we know where he is. He was a man of faith. He’s a fighter. And he loved the Lord.”
Benn said Moseley was the best man at his wedding and was present during his son’s birth. However, Benn said, his fondest memory of Moseley was when he won election to the city council.
Former San Marcos councilmember Daniel Guerrero, now president of the San Marcos Education Foundation, said Moseley was a key figure at his wedding.
“(Moseley) prayed over my wife (Esti) and me during our wedding,” Guerrero said. “It was one of the most incredible experiences in my life.”
Guerrero, like many of Moseley’s friends, said Moseley was a Godsend. Guerrero described him as spiritual, energetic, inspirational leader, “a truly magnificent person.” He said Moseley’s passing leaves a large void.
“He was physically a large man, but spiritually he was larger than life, with his reverence to God,” Guerrero said. “He was a Godsend. He was a son of God… There is no one else in this world that was more prepared to leave this earth. That’s going to be his legacy. We’re here for a short time, and you contribute to your community, leave this world a better place than when you got here. And when God comes calling, you answer that call.”
On his Facebook page, Moseley wrote, “Y’all don’t know how awesome it is to see people respond to good news and to God working in my life. Thank you for your love, support and prayers!”
Guerrero said Moseley had kept his cancer in check for years with medications. Moseley turned 48 earlier this month.
“We’re going to mourn his death for a little while,” Guerrero said. “But we’re going to celebrate his life for a long time.”
Benn said Moseley didn’t have a wife or children. Therefore, Benn said, “he made everybody else his family and shared his love with everyone.”Email | Print