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5740 West 19th Street, Lubbock, TX


Lawrence Howard "Curly" Bunting

February 13, 1935January 9, 2020

Lawrence Howard “Curly” Bunting passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Born on February 13, 1935 in Mercedes, TX to Lawrence Clifton and Vera (Poer) Bunting, he lived in various farming communities in south-central Texas before graduating from Goldthwaite High in 1953. His eight years in the U.S. Air Force brought him to Reese AFB in Lubbock where he met and then married Shirley Gabriel on January 18, 1959.

“Curly” will be dearly remembered locally for his 33 years of service with the Lubbock Police Department, the Lubbock Model Railroad Association, and volunteer activities at the American Legion and Lubbock Lake Landmark.

Those left to cherish his memory are wife Shirley, his children, Dwain and wife Diane, Teresa and husband Randy McClain, Laura and husband Alan Lundberg, Melynda and husband Terry Reeves, 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.


  • Bryan Lundberg
  • Scot McLain
  • Aron McLain
  • Connor Reeves
  • Jacob Jones
  • Evan Lundberg


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 17, 2020


Lawrence Howard "Curly" Bunting

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John Blythe

January 15, 2020

I was the Corporal on Larry’s squad in the early 1980’s, and I served on the American Legion Honor Guard with him many years later. I admired him for his leadership abilities, and he certainly influenced my leadership style as a sergeant. A good man gone, but not forgotten!

Robert Mayne

January 14, 2020

Sgt. Bunting was the type of supervisor that would teach rookie officers lessons cloaked in humor. This was invaluable because the lessons he taught were so funny you never forgot them. I’m still laughing. Thank you Sgt. Bunting for your service with a smile.

Marsh Blackmore

January 14, 2020

SGT Bunting was always one of my favorite Supervisors on the LPD always with a sense of humor and comforting dialogue no matter what situation you were in. He will be strongly missed. RIP Sir

Anita Jackson Webb

January 14, 2020

My mom and dad (Ann and Jack) were neighbors and good friends for many years with Howard and Shirley. I still remember they use to all walk together up and down their road for exercise. They traded vegetables from their gardens, and puzzles. When my dad fell and hurt his back Howard was there to help. He and Shirley were always the first to visit when he or my mom were in the hospital. Howard always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. You will be missed.❤️❤️❤️

Rita Fisher

January 13, 2020

Shirley and family, I am so sorry for your loss. One thing for sure we all know that the Lord is going to call us home some day.
Howard is truly blessed to have his soul made whole again . No confusion, no pain.
My prayer of healing for the hearts that are hurting.

Robert Ferguson

January 13, 2020

It was my privilege to have Curly as my first sergeant and to be a "Curly Critter" for several. years. Curly was one of a kind, always cheerful and ready to help if you had a problem.

I'll always hold the great memories of meeting Curly for paper pick up about 5:00 am and the war stories passed between the officers as we wound down our shift. Curly could be counted on to insert his wry sense of humor into the situation and lighten everyone's load.

Curly was a great friend, and he set a standard as a sergeant that I tried to live up to in my career.

Goodbye, my friend.
Robert Ferguson

Joe Gonzalez

January 13, 2020

Sarge, you were one of a kind. We shared conversations in Spanish. Your stance with your arms crossed and your posture was unmistakable. Your sense of humor was and your giggle was flawless.

I had nothing but respect and admiration for you as an officer, a supervisor, a friend and as a person. RIP, Curly...

Joe Gonzalez

Sheila Rackley Diggs

January 12, 2020

Praying for your family.