Bruce Allen BRINSON Sr.

Monday, February 14th, 1927 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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Bruce A. Brinson, Sr. transitioned this life on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at the age of 93 while hospitalized in Plano, Texas. Bruce died of natural causes and passed peacefully from this life. Bruce was born February 14, 1927, in Douglas, Georgia to George and Willie Mae Brinson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth (Betty), his ex-wife, Juscelia, his parents, his sisters: Georgia Mae and Aileen and brothers, Ozell, George, Jr., Ralph and Terry.
Bruce met his first wife Juscelia Johnson in Akron, Ohio. Bruce and Juscelia married and Valerie Jean was born in March 1950. Bruce and Juscelia were divorced and while serving in the Air Force he met Elizabeth, remarried and had two children Laverna and Bruce, Jr. and settled in Columbus, Ohio. Bruce served our country during three wars from October 1945 in the Army during WWII, and the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in December 1961.

After being discharged from the Air Force, Bruce became a procurement agent for the Defense Construction Supply Corporation in Columbus, where he worked for 34 years before retiring in June 1985. Bruce was an ordained minister in the Baptist Church attending Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus and was also very active in the community volunteering countless hours at St. Stephens Community Center and coaching for the Linden Eagles football and baseball teams.

As a husband and father, Bruce loved his wife and children and valued education. Bruce was a responsible provider, hard worker and dedicated husband and father taking care of his family and providing opportunities for his children to pursue music, sports and education. Bruce was quiet, intelligent and always there if you needed to have an intellectual conversation or an unbiased opinion.

Bruce is survived by his sisters, Laverna, Nancy, Betty, Carolyn and Deloris and brother Donnie and his children Valerie, Laverna and Bruce, Jr. as well as a host of nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Married for over 63 years, he will be greatly missed by his family, friends, neighbors and Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Family and everyone who knew him.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at Dayton National Cemetery. Interment: Dayton National Cemetery. Please do not send flowers. Arrangements entrusted to THOMAS FUNERAL HOME, 4520 Salem Ave. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers you make make a donation in the name of Bruce A. Brinson, Sr. to Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 2:00pm
    Dayton National Cemetery
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 2:00pm
    Dayton National Cemetery
    4400 W. Third Street
    Dayton, Ohio 45428
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Richard K. Nevels

Posted at 08:31pm
I knew Bruce Sr. Bruce JR. Bruce Jr. & I were in the Cub Scouts years ago. Mr. Brinson was the Scout Master & we met at his house on 24th ave. In Columbus, Oh. Bruce JR. & I attended grade school at Hamilton Elementary not far from their residence

Kenneth Barrett

Posted at 06:30pm
My name is Kenneth Barrett. I am a childhood friend of Bruce Brinson, Jr and Laverna "Bonnie" Brinson from 24th Ave. I want to pass along my condolences on the passing of your father. He is with the father now. May the prayers continue to guide the children in their life.

Herb Sharfenaker USMC

Posted at 12:17pm
God Bless and Thank You for your service in WWII in The United States Army. In Korea and Vietnam in The United States Air Force. Serving 16 years. RIP and Semper Fi.

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