Thomas C Brunson Jr.
February 13, 1930 – October 10, 2020
Thomas Clyde Brunson, Jr. was born on February 13, 1930 in Houston, Texas to T. Clyde Brunson, Sr. and Lucile Hughes Brunson. He entered his heavenly home at the age of 90 on October 10, 2020. His strong faith in God and devotion to his family gave him the purpose and strength to persevere through life and gain his ultimate peace through the grace of his Savior, Jesus Christ.
Tom graduated from Baylor University with a degree in business in 1951, served as a naval officer on the USS Renshaw from 1952-55 and met his wife of 66 years, Jean Raven Brunson on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii. They married in 1954 and relocated to Austin, Texas from Hawaii where Tom completed his degree in Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Upon graduation, Tom and his family relocated to Dallas, Texas where he began a career in pharmacy spanning over 50 years. He owned and worked in several pharmacies, including Ravens Pharmacy and Tom Brunson’s Prescriptions in Oak Cliff. He will be remembered as a dedicated and compassionate servant of others in need. He ultimately retired with Jean to Salado, Texas, where he enjoyed golf, their church and many friends. Later they returned to the Dallas area to reconnect with friends and be closer to family.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara Brunson Earles, and grandson Brett Thomas Rawdon. He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Dallas Texas, children Dr. Michael Brunson and wife Teresa of Mapleton Utah, Karen Landers and husband Karl of Edmond Oklahoma, David Brunson and wife Beverly of Plano Texas, grandchildren Melissa Fair and husband Dr. Deuce of Oklahoma City, Andrew Rawdon and wife Diana of Edmond Oklahoma, Josh Landers and wife Katie of Choctaw Oklahoma, Blake Brunson and wife Mari of McKinney Texas, Steve Brunson and wife Christina of Dallas Texas, David Snyder and wife Tami of Cascade Montana, Gunnar Brunson of Heber City Utah, Thomas Brunson III of Los Angeles California and thirteen great grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece Lucile “Ginger” Earles McClellan and husband Dr. David of Erie Colorado, nephews Richard “Rick” Earles of Houston Texas and Tommy Earles of Thousand Oaks, California.
The family will gather for a celebration of Tom’s life at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ft. Worth. The family would like to express its deepest affection and appreciation to the staff of Arden Courts Memory Care of Richardson, Texas for their love and support of Tom during his stay. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Baptist Church of McKinney.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Thomas C Brunson Jr.
October 18, 2020
The Brunson family has meant so much to me over the years. Truly great lifetime friends are so rare and I count myself as very fortunate to have known Tom and Jean and of course David and Karen, going all the back to my high school years at Bishop Dunne. Elizabeth and I are praying for your whole family both in your grief and in your joy for Tom's homecoming. I know he will be missed!
October 18, 2020
Jean, I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. What a reunion they are having in heaven. I know that his suffering is over and he and mom are in heaven reminiscing with their restored memories. I hope that you can find comfort during this time and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
The Kingsley family sends their love.
October 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed the short time I knew Tom while they lived in Salado. He was always positive and up lifting. Praying for Jean and the family.
October 16, 2020
I am so sad to hear of Tom's passing. I didn't know he had been in a Memory care place in Richardson. Sorry I didn't keep up with both of you after you moved. The first time I met Tom at the pool one morning and he was so friendly and easy to talk with. It was like I had known him for years. He told me about working in a Drug store in Salado and I remember being there myself.
I know you are going to miss him so much. My prayers are with you and your family.
October 14, 2020
Tom was always an icon, whether as a pharmacist (I practiced in the building next to him for years), at church (where we also worshipped for years), and in his private life. You will be missed, Tom.
October 14, 2020
Tom was truly a gentleman in every sense of the word. A Christian in every aspect of his life. A true encourager and unconditional friend. I miss him but rejoice in his home going and look forward to seeing him again. Praying God’s peace for Jean and the family.
October 13, 2020
I only had a handful of meetings with Mr Brunson, all of them on golf courses. In each case his son David was there, too.
The most memorable line on the course was Mr Brunson reminding me when I was within putting distance slightly off the green in 2 strokes on a Par 5 "get SOMETHING with feathers on it!" A great sense of humor he had, and it was infectious. David himself is the best expression of the success he had in life. I didn't know Dave's brother and sister, but Mr and Mrs Brunson outdid themselves creating David. Thank you for that.
Hit'em straight and long in your new home. I'm a little jealous. The bunkers will be perfectly raked and the fairways soft and green. Enjoy. We'll miss you.
And finally, thanks for keeping that account open for the Farrow family at Raven Pharmacy in the 60s and 70s. You were there when we needed your skill. I can still see that big black bird on the sign on Jefferson.