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 Richard Paul Brashear

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Richard Paul Brashear

Birth
Atwell, Callahan County, Texas, USA
Death 17 Apr 2012 (aged 94)
Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, USA
Burial Scranton, Eastland County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 88752991 View Source

The last of a generation is gone. Richard Paul Brashear, the youngest of 14 children born to Guy Thomas and Annie Mallissa Morrow Brashear passed away on April 17, 2012, at Mesa Springs Nursing Center in Abilene, Tex. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Friday, April 20, 2012, in the Scranton Community Center with Rev. Jerry Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in Scranton Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Parker Funeral Home in Baird, Tex. A visitation will be Thursday evening, April 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home in Baird.
Paul was welcomed into his family of 8 sisters and 5 brothers on September 9, 1917, in the Atwell Community. His childhood in the farming community was centered around his family and church activities. He graduated from Cross Plains High School in 1936. His work career spanned four decades, including service in the U.S. Army during World War II, employment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving as Manager of Cisco Chamber of Commerce, serving as State Representative representing Eastland, Callahan, and Shackelford Counties, and employment by Texas departments and agencies, his favorite being the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He also partnered with his wife, Helen, in her business in Cisco, Helen's Flower Shop. Paul retired from State of Texas employment in Austin in 1975. In 1984 he and Helen moved to Scranton and restored her grandparents' home place. From Scranton the Brashears moved to Clyde in the early 90s, and then to Cisco where they resided until the death of Helen in February of 2006. For the past three years Paul resided at Mesa Springs in Abilene where friends and employees became his extended family.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, 13 siblings, and his wife of 66 years. He leaves as his legacy 2 daughters, Ann Etta
Dunning and Robert of Cisco, Tex., and Sarah Matthews of Clyde, Tex., as well as their children and families: Angela David of Cisco, Tex., Rick Coats and Kellie of Eastland, Tex., Nanette Vaughn and Terry of Silsbee, Tex., Lt. Col. Mark "Sparky" Matthews and Monica of Spokane, WA, and Merrick Matthews and Sheri of Grand Prairie, Tex. Paul was the proud grandfather (they call him Dee Dee) of 2 granddaughters, 3 grandsons, 4 great granddaughters, 2 great-great grandsons, and 13 step-grandchildren. Paul is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
"Dee Dee" was proud to share the accomplishments of each of his family members with friends, both new and old. His family members will long remember the good times, stories, and adventures he provided them in his 94 years.


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