Posted: Mon 1:31 PM, Jan 28, 2013
Funeral Home: Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home
The Greatest Generation has lost another good one.
William Alton Brumit Sr. – born Oct. 7, 1921 – died Jan. 25, 2013, at a Bowling Green nursing home.
The son of Willie Thomas and Minnie Bell Johnson Brumit, he rose from humble beginnings in the hills of Allen County to retire in 1978 as assistant chief of the Bowling Green Police Department. Never idle, Mr. Brumit went on to own a business, building homes as a second career. He finally stepped back from swinging a hammer at the age of 75, when he retired from managing Brumit Construction.
This Kentucky son – like so many – enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. In 1944, he shipped out to Europe and served in Gen. Patton’s Third Army. He shared little with friends and family about his time in the war, but he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, earning three combat stars, and achieved the rank of technical corporal before leaving the Army as the war was winding down in December 1945.
Mr. Brumit was a longtime elder at Park Street/Greenwood Park Church of Christ and a pillar of the community, commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and appointed to the Bowling Green Police/Fire Pension Board.
Above all, except his devoted faith to Jesus Christ, Mr. Brumit loved his family. He and his wife, Rachel Palmer Brumit, raised four children, pinching pennies and working overtime to ensure there were beach vacations and private school tuition money for each to go to college.
The fruits of Mr. Brumit’s sacrificial love live on in three generations of Brumits who survive this honorable man.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Rachel Palmer; and his sister, Winnie Brumit Palmer. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kimbel Brumit; a brother, Carlie Brumit (Earline); two sisters, Rachel Brumit Osborne and Dorothy Brumit Childress (Buddy), all of Bowling Green; his four children, Bill Brumit (Linda), Brenda Brumit Word (Levi) of Bowling Green, Sharon Brumit Farmer (Richard) of Nashville and Charlie Brumit (Kathy) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; three stepchildren, Brenda Kimbel Matthews (Jim) of Mt. Washington, Darrell Kimbel (Becki) of Jackson, Tenn., and Phil Kimbel (Teresa) of Bowling Green; 10 grandchildren, Abby Brumit, Jackie Brumit Brown, Jonathan Word (Megan), Alicia Word Sowders (Jason) and Logan Brumit of Bowling Green, Jennifer Brumit Hall (Ryan) of Park City, Emily Farmer Pukas (Jim), Blake Farmer (Moriah) and Clint Brumit of Nashville, and Grant Farmer (Megan) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; eight stepgrandchildren; and 16 great-stepgrandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Park Church of Christ, 1818 Campbell Lane. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery No. 2.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Alton Brumit Scholarship Fund at Foundation Christian Academy and the Alton and Rachel Brumit Scholarship Fund at Lipscomb University in Nashville.