William Roy Brunson, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004. He was born in Armstrong County on Aug. 9, 1909, to George John Brunson and Elizabeth Griffin Brunson. He married Laura Mae Hukill in Claude on Nov. 25, 1928.
Brunson farmed until 1940 and then moved to Claude, where he lived until 1964 when he moved to Red River for 16 years. He retired to Kingsland and in 1992 he and Mae returned to Claude.
Brunson has worn many hats during his 94 years, but was probably best known as sheriff of Armstrong County. He always had many stories to tell during the years. One story he always told was that as a small boy he attended the last buffalo hunt at Colonel Goodnight’s Ranch. He and Mae were busy as extras during the filming of the movie “Hud” in Claude. Their hobby was fishing and they spent many hours on Red River and Kingsland lakes and streams.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1996. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include four children, Ruth Robison and husband, Bill, of Amarillo, Norma Lambert and Johnny Brunson and wife, Judy, all of Red River, and Jimmy Brunson and wife, Marilyn, of Midland; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The body will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Methodist Church with the Rev. Janet Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Claude Cemetery by Robertson Funeral Directors.
The family suggests memorials be to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 136, Claude, TX 79019; Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174; or a favorite charity.
Amarillo Globe-News, March 2, 2004