Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


February 11, 2014

Barbara Jean Reed Brunt

TYLER — Barbara Jean Reed Brunt age 76, of Tyler passed away on Sunday February 9, 2014.  She was born to the late Charles A. Reed & Zella C. Reed in Houston on December 13, 1937.  Barbara received her high school diploma from Mexia High School going onto East Texas Baptist University where she received her degree in business.  She ended her academic journey at SFA, receiving her Masters degree.  Barbara met her husband and friend, J Frank Brunt at ETBU and they were married on August 28, 1958.  Barbara believed in giving and being of service to others and she did so in her career as a school teacher in Houston and Henderson.  She and her husband owned and operated a dairy just outside of Henderson and raised registered Brown Swiss cattle for several years.  Later Barbara had the opportunity to work alongside her husband in the oil and gas industry as a Certified Professional Landman.

Barbara loved to travel and was afforded the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful places in the world.  She also enjoyed attending the Rusk High School class of ’55 bi-monthly gatherings with her husband, in which she was adopted as an honorary member of the alumni group.   Barbara was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in January of 2013, bringing about changes that truly tested her strength and will.

Throughout her health struggles, she never complained and remained humbled and gracious until the end.  

Barbara is survived by her husband, J Frank Brunt, two daughters Charlotte Elaine (Bob) Day of Dallas and Karen Sue (Danny) Matthews of Denton. , Three grandsons Lex (Abby) Brunt Richardson of Lindale, Grayson and Travis Arnold of Tyler.  She is also survived by two great-granddaughters Kagen and Kalli Richardson.  Barbara leaves behind two sisters, Sherry (Bob) Bogue and Judy (Wayne) Kent, one sister and brother in-law, Beth Brunt Sparkman and Hal L. (Janet) Brunt of Tyler. Lastly, Barbara leaves behind her beloved cats Mhiko and Dr. Ivan Igor Ruskie, in which she loved so dearly.

Funeral services are scheduled for  2 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Autry Funeral Home chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Steve Slover officiating.  Visitation will begin on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 with family receiving friends on Thursday from 1pm until service time.  Burial will be at the Old Palestine Cemetery 4936 CR 2604, Alto, Texas 75925.  In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the above cemetery.


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