Alvin Merril Brazell – February 3, 1928/July 7, 2015

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brazellAlvin Merril Brazell was born at home on February 3, 1928 in Tolar (Hood County), Texas. He passed from this world on July 7, 2015 at home in Duncanville, Texas.

Al’s grandmother, Mary Susan Evaline Brown, came to Hood County in 1870 by wagon train. She and her family settled near Tolar on land now known as the Dumas Place. She still lived on that land when she died in 1960, and that is where Al was born.

Al’s life eventually took him away from Tolar, but it was always on his mind. He had many fond memories of growing up in Hood County, often recalling fun times there with his sisters, cousins, and friends. He received his formal education from Tolar public schools. As a young man, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of boot camp, he was assigned to General Douglas MacArthur’s Honor Guard in Tokyo, Japan, where he remained for his entire service. He served from April 1947 through April 1950.

Al married Darlene Penn in November 1953. They settled in the Dallas area and raised two daughters. In 1963 they purchased a home in the Fairmeadows subdivision of Duncanville, Texas and made their home there for many years. For most of his career, Al was a machinist for Jetco in Grand Prairie. He retired in 1985 and he and Darlene moved to Midland Texas to be near their oldest daughter. There they became active members of the Midland Suburban Lions Club, where Al held various offices, including Tail Twister and President. Al also volunteered with VAN-Serving The Visually Impaired and with Community and Senior Services of Midland.

Al and Darlene returned to Duncanville in 2003, settling near their youngest daughter. They quickly became involved in the Duncanville Noon Lions Club, serving on many community projects. He was a member of First Christian Church, Duncanville.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin M. Brazell and Margaret Dumas Brazell, as well as by his sister, Beatrice Sutherland.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Darlene Penn Brazell; daughters Pattie Orr and Kim Trusty; sons-in-law Stephen Orr and Michael Trusty; granddaughters Ivy Orr Hamerly and Kristin Trusty Bukovec; grandsons-in-law Gregory Hamerly and Daniel Bukovec; and great grandsons Luke Ansel Hamerly, Eric Stephen James Hamerly, and Elijah Miroslav Bukovec. He is also survived by his sisters Betty Brazell Kizer, Pauline Brazell Oakes, and Donna Brazell Chapman; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be interred at Stroud Creek Cemetery, finally returning home to Tolar.

jaynesVisitation will be 2-4 pm Saturday, July 11, at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville.

A graveside service is 10:00 am Monday, July 13, 2015 at Stroud Creek Cemetery in Tolar, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Duncanville Noon Lions Club, PO Box 381055, Duncanville, Texas 75138, or to Stroud Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Clara Billings, 2301 Billings Rd, Tolar, Texas 76476.