Brent Jay Bullard
October 13, 1957 – July 19, 2019
Brent Jay Bullard, 61, of Kilgore died Friday, July 19, 2019 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Brent was born on October 13, 1957 in Coles County, Illinois. He was adopted into a loving home by his parents when he was four days old and raised in East Texas where he made many lifelong friends. Brent graduated from Pine Tree High School in 1976 and attended Kilgore College before he established his career as a quality control inspector for Marathon-Letourneau, Inc. and later for Merritt Tool Company as the Director of Quality Control where he was employed for 34 years. He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Kilgore and a devoted follower of Christ. Brent was a world traveler, avid motorcyclist and Dallas Cowboys enthusiast. He will be remembered for his kind heart, barbecue ribs, quick wit and ability to naturally fill a room with laughter as he told stories of his life experiences. He is preceded in death by his father, James Leeroy Bullard, his mother, Marilyn Elaine Dutschmann and his brother, Mark Bullard. Survivors include his fiancé, Charlotte Green of Kilgore, two sons, Christopher Bullard of Longview and Corey Bullard of Taipei, Taiwan, two sisters, Betsy “Gypsy” Hammack of Kilgore and Marylynn Bullard of White Oak, stepmother, Linda Smith Bullard of Mineola, and the many step-siblings, nieces and nephews he loved dearly. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home in Longview. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Kilgore with Rev. Gregory Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Longview. The celebration of Brent's life will continue following memorial services at which time family and friends will be allotted no more than fifteen minutes to cry, per Brent’s wishes. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to St. Luke's United Methodist Church or the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
- Bryan Johnson
- Michael Hall
- Austin Hall
- Larry Simmons
- Cody Hall
- John Powell
- Steve Warnel, Honorary Pallbearer
- John Wynn, Honorary Pallbearer
- Casey Hammack, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ronnie Alford, Honorary Pallbearer
- Corey Bullard, Honorary Pallbearer
- Chris Bullard, Honorary Pallbearer
- A Time of Visitation with His Family Thursday, July 25, 2019
- A Celebration of His Life Friday, July 26, 2019
Brent Jay Bullard
July 25, 2019
Remembering our first date, we decided to meet at a restaurant in Tyler after having met on line.
He got lost following his gps, so I had to go rescue him.
Didn’t take long to realize that I wanted to get to know him better. Problem was though that he had had foot surgery, and I could tell he was in pain.
He asked me on a second date, I told him yes, but I’m not going to sit across from you and pretend not to see your pain. He cooked for me at his home and the rest is history.
It has been my honor and privilege to have known and loved Brent.
July 25, 2019
We always sat out on the deck early in the morning and had our coffee when I would visit. Listening to the world wake up and talking about everything while everyone was sleeping. He rarely let me make my own coffee on those mornings and always gave me his favorite mug. Even in his last days walking he wanted to be out on the deck with me having our morning coffee. Even in the hospital I would go up super early and we would get Starbucks and have our morning coffee. We loved our coffee and talks. He treated me like a daughter from the day we met and made me feel so loved and cherished.