Florence Bratcher (Bruce) LaPoint

9 June, 192515 September, 2021

Florence Bratcher (Bruce) LaPoint, age 96, of Rockdale, Texas passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Florence was born June 9, 1925 in China, Texas to Cecille and Robert Bruce.

Florence grew up in China and graduated from China High School. She worked as a telephone operator for Monroe's Answering Service. She was also a homemaker and spent a large portion of her time taking care of her children, cooking meals, and cleaning house. She loved to sew and made most of her clothing herself. Florence was a devout Catholic and strongly spiritual woman. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She always had a happy go lucky attitude and wanted to bring joy to those around her.

Florence is survived by her son Aubrey Bratcher and spouse Clemmie; her daughter Peggy and spouse B.J.; and her sister Shirley Benson.

Florence was preceded in death by her husbands Bill Dudley Bratcher and Pierre LaPoint; her father Robert Bruce and her mother Cecille Kershaw Bruce; her brother Roman Bruce.

A Gathering of Family and Friends for Florence will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, Texas 77703, followed by a Celebration of Florence's Life at 2:00 PM. Florence will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Faith.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • Robert Bruce, Father (deceased)
  • Cecille Kershaw Bruce, Mother (deceased)
  • Bill Dudley Bratcher, Husband (deceased)
  • Peirre LaPoint, Husband (deceased)
  • Roman Bruce, Brother (deceased)
  • Aubrey Bratcher (Clemmie), Son
  • Peggy (B.J.), Daughter
  • Shirley Benson, Sister

  • Craig Benson
  • Blaine Benson
  • Tyler Benson
  • Brett Benson
  • Derek Cook
  • Ryan Bowling


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Thursday, 23 September , 2021

  • A Celebration of Florence's Life

    Thursday, 23 September , 2021


Florence Bratcher (Bruce) LaPoint

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Kim Dearbonne Waller

23 September 2021

Shirley and family, I am so very sorry to hear about Florence. I would have gone to her funeral if I had known. Florence was a huge part of our childhood, in China. And she loved to pick on us!! My mom thought the world of her! I remember mom talking about calling Florence and saying that yalls Aunt Angel had passed away, so that Florence could get off of work! I have wonderful memories of Florence! Again, I’m so sorry. Sincerely, Kim Dearbonne Waller

Shirley Benson

18 September 2021

Florence is my sister>She has always been someone that is a pleasure to visit. She has been faithful sister, friend ,.and mother. She has always been a person that everyone in the family wanted to tease because everyone knew that she would have a really good comeback phrase. I will miss her so much !She lived in Rockdale to be near her son and family. She will be missed but never forgotten, Rest in the peace of the Lord. We all love you Florence,and you will forever be in our hearts.

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