|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1926|
Red River County
|Death: ||May 20, 2006|
Orvil A. "Bob" Brookshire passed away on Saturday, May 20, at the Hospice House in Odessa, Texas. Bob served as a law enforcement officer for 45 years. His service included 16 years as Ector County Sheriff.
Born the son of an East Texas sharecropper on July 28, 1926, Bob grew to manhood on a farm outside the tiny village of Avery, Texas during the hardest years of the Great Depression. As Bob would often say, "I spent the first sixteen years of my life looking at the back end of a mule," cultivating the soil of east Texas. With the outbreak of Word War II Bob began trying to persuade his mother to let him enlist—and finally succeeded in 1944, joining the US Navy and serving in the Pacific theater where he saw action as an anti-aircraft gunner on an ammunition ship, one of the most dangerous assignments in the Navy.
Returning from the war as a 19-year-old veteran, Bob finished high school and joined the Texas Department of Public safety as a Highway patrolman in 1948. While assigned as a patrolman in San Angelo Bob met and married Nell in 1949. After assignments in Hereford and Amarillo, Bob was promoted to Patrol Sergeant for the Odessa Department of Public Safety, where he served with distinction until his retirement in 1996.
Bob loved to barbecue, and following his retirement from the Highway Patrol, he fulfilled a lifelong dream opening "Sarge's Smoke House," a popular barbecue restaurant in Odessa. Following his success in the restaurant business, Bob ran for Ector County Sheriff in 1980. The first Republican to win county wide office since Reconstruction, Bob won more votes in Ector County than Ronald Reagan, who led the Republican ticket that year. A born campaigner, Bob never met a stranger and his family knew that if they went out with him for a meal, the food would be cold by the time Bob had made his way throughout the restaurant, meeting and greeting all his many friends and supporters.
While serving as Ector County Sheriff, Bob was honored by his contemporaries, who elected him President of the Texas Sheriff's Association in 1992 and 1993. Bob was also recognized by the Fraternal Order of Eagles with a "Reverence for Law" award. He was a devoted member of Crescent Park Church of Christ for 45 years.
Nell, his late wife, passed away in 1998 after a long battle with cancer, leaving behind Bob, their three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sheila and Steve Groh, Raylene and Jim Fealy and Bobbie Bright; five grandchildren, Jesse and Elizabeth Groh, Lauren Falcone, Trevor Heaney and Cole Bright; and great grandson, Grant Falcone, born January 20, 2006. Bob married Mary Ann Knight on October 20, 2002, and shared with her four of the happiest years of his life. Their marriage added a son, Kenneth W. Howell; a daughter, Helen Kashiwa, and her husband, Shinji; and five more grandchildren, Alyssa, Patrick, Kaylie, Mitchel and Akane Kashiwa, to his extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 22, at Crescent Park Church of Christ, located at 1415 Royalty in Odessa. Services have been entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to Hospice House in Odessa, Texas.
Red River County
Created by: Mick from Tx
Record added: Aug 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15317857
Thank you for your military and law enforcement service, Mr. Brookshire! May you rest in eternal Heavenly peace! You have certainly earned it!|
Added: Jun. 16, 2014
Please Pray for a cure for cancer.....|
Added: Apr. 2, 2010
He was very kind man. He helped me when I started to work for him at the Sheriff's office. Thank you Bob, you always had my vote!!!|
keeney cook miles
Added: Jan. 9, 2010
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