Alton Brazell passed away on March 12, 2016. A resident of Lubbock since 1941, Alton was born in Hill County, Texas on October 6, 1928 to Milton and Pearl Brazell. Alton married Nila Massey on February 7, 1957. Alton and Nila had one son, Kirk. Alton was preceded in death by his wife Nila and son Kirk; his parents Milton and Pearl Brazell; brothers, Burnett Brazell and Billy Brazell; and sisters, Ouida Brazell and Thelma Land.
Alton is survived by brother, Clyde Brazell; sisters, Barbara Reed and Patricia Brazell; sister-in-law, Pauline Brazell; one nephew, ten nieces and their families.
Alton was a member of First Christian Church.
After graduating from Lubbock High School in 1946, Alton continued to be active in Future Farmers of America. He served as National Vice President of FFA and in 1949 participated in an FFA Exchange Program to England. He served in the US Army from 1950-1952 where he was a tank commander. He was elected Lubbock County Commissioner, Precinct 4 in 1958 and served continuously until his retirement in 1994, making him the longest sitting County Commissioner in Lubbock County’s history. Although retired, his presence remains very much alive in Lubbock County. A man of integrity, credibility, spirituality and strong work ethic, Alton was a true leader. He will be missed by not only his family, but those who worked and worshipped with him.
Alton’s accomplishments for Lubbock County were far too many to list, but he had a vision for the South Plains which was for a collection of artifacts related to agriculture and the farming industry, which ranged from the smallest of hand tools to large mechanized equipment. Under his leadership, Lubbock County Historical Collection was established. In 2001, this became the American Museum of Agriculture (Bayer Museum of Agriculture). On May 4, 2010, Bob Phillips, the Texas Country Reporter, did a special segment on Alton and his work at the museum. The Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall which showcases the collection was open to the public in 2012. Alton was able to see his vision come to life and he worked tirelessly on the museum until his death.
The family suggests memorials be made to Texas Boys Ranch or the Bayer Museum of Agriculture.
Nila Iris Massey Brazell
1926–2011 (m. 1957)
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