The son of Robert and Eula (Townsend) Brockett, he was born Feb. 16, 1943, at St. Louis.
He was married to Shirley Tomlin and to this union one daughter, Rhonda, was born.
In 1970, he married Betty Glore, to whom he was married 27 years and to which union two children, Colleen and William were born.
He is survived by: two daughters, Rhonda Tomlin-Haseker of South St. Louis, and Colleen M. Lee of Moscow Mills; one son, William J. Brockett of Moscow Mills; six grandchildren, Ciara Brockett, Thomas Lee, Abbigaile Lee, Casey Lynn, Amanda Haseker and Cynthia Messamore; and a cousin, she was like a sister to him, Vivian Hamon and her husband, Bob of St. Peters.
Brockett grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Laboure High School. He served with the U. S. Navy, primarily on the USS Saratoga when it was deployed during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He worked for Boeing Corp. for a short time following his service time. He was a self-employed carpenter most of his life, but had also worked as a hot tar roofer, a bartender and a barber. He enjoyed golfing for many years. He was a member of the Veterans of America.
As were his wishes, cremation rites were accorded and services will be private. Inurnment will be in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
Professional services have been entrusted to Kemper-Marsh-Millard Family Funeral Chapel; P.O. Box 222, Troy, MO 63379. Online condolences may be made at www.millardfamilychapels.com
He was born on Oct. 18, 1923, in Warrenton to John H. and Lottie (Paige) Bruning. James was blessed to grow up with his eight siblings and was the baby boy in the family. When he was young, he loved horses, especially his little quarter horse named Keno. He met his future wife, Florence Floyd, at church and three years later, they were married on Feb. 8, 1945, at the Warrenton College Methodist Church parsonage. To this union was born their pride and joy, their daughter, Mary Jo. James’ brother was a minister and he asked them to move to Colorado. In 1950, James and Florence took him up on his request and drove their “Old Mack” truck to Colorado. During their trip there, while driving through western Kansas, they witnessed their first dust storm. James worked at ConTel Telephone, retiring after years of dedicated service. Also, he had worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker for himself.
James served as president of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship while living in Colorado. Even though the family loved living in Colorado, James’ doctor suggested James move back to Missouri because of his health. James was a good provider for his family and was a strong believer in God. He lived his life as a good Christian.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 68 years, Florence Bruning, who took excellent care of her husband. Also surviving are his loving daughter, Mary Jo and her husband, Rev. Robert Cousins, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his two grandchildren: Robert J. Cousins and Christy Conway and two great-grandchildren: Hunter and Khloe. James is further survived by one brother, Kenneth Bruning, of Wright City and two sisters, Dorothy Torgler, of Concordia, Kan. and Ruth Cook, of St. Charles. He was preceded in death by his five siblings: Willard, Raymond, Keith, Charlotte and Roger.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 5-8 p.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, 1304 Boone St., Troy.
Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center, Troy location. Officiating will be Rev. Robert Cousins and Pastor Jeff Evenson. Interment will follow in the Zoar Cemetery, Troy. Memorial gifts may be made to Samaritan Purse, c/o McCoy-Blossom Funeral & Cremation Center.
Family and friends are invited to sign the on-line guest registry at: www.mccoyblossomfh.com .
Lawrence W. Portwood was born on Aug. 17, 1925, in St. Charles, Mo. To J.R. and Veva (LaRue) Portwood. He died of pneumonia n May 28, 2013, in Mexico, Mo..
He is survived by two sons, Tommy Harrell, Mike Portwood and wife, Lucy; one daughter, Brenda Portwood; three brothers, three sisters and many grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends
He served in the Navy during WWII and was in a great deal of combat in the South Pacific. He also served four years in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Lawrence was a member of the New Galilee Christian Church for many years. He donated his body to the St. Louis University Medical School and according to his wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial services.