Saturday, October 5, 2013

Obituary - Bonnie Brumbelow

Joe and Bonnie Brumbelow; November, AD 2001

Mrs. Joe (Bonnie Galyean) Brumbelow was born November 26, 1933 in Old Ocean, TX. She passed away October 4, 2013. Her parents, who had moved from NE Mississippi to Texas, were Thomas Jefferson Galyean & Maude (Mincy) Galyean. She graduated from a one room schoolhouse, San Bernard School (out of Old Ocean), and West Columbia High School in 1950. She married a Baptist preacher, Joe E. Brumbelow, in 1951. Brother Joe was a graduate of Damon High School, University of Corpus Christi, and pastored churches in Old Ocean, Houston, Corpus Christi, Cypress, and Dawson, TX. 

Bonnie and Joe had a very close, loving marriage. Bonnie was known for her singing, Sunday School teaching, general work in the church, cooking, and serving as an excellent mother and pastor’s wife. Through the years many came to her for counsel. She raised three boys who now all serve as SBC pastors. She left her family an incredible legacy.

Bonnie wrote a Cookbook, Masterpieces From Our Kitchen, in 2004; it has gone through two printings of 1,000. A number of folks have said they reach for her Cookbook first when looking for a good recipe. She wrote a chapter in the book, The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow (Foreword by John Hatch and endorsed by Adrian Rogers, Paige Patterson, Franklin Atkinson, and others). She was also influential in her son’s book, Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence. In 2011 she wrote an unpublished autobiography, Lest I Forget, that was given to a few family and friends. A later addition to this book included a number of family photos.

Mrs. Brumbelow loved gardening; especially her antique roses and fruit trees. Some of her favorite roses: Cadenza, Souvenir de la Malmaison, Maggie, Duchesse de Brabant, Kronprincessin Viktoria, Sombueuil, Dame de Coeur, Cramoisi Superieur… 

Through the years she ministered with her husband, and more recently taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church, Lake Jackson, TX.

Because of her personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, she is now absent from the body, but present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Bonnie is preceded in death by Husband Joe Brumbelow and still-born Daughter Donna Marie Brumbelow. Sisters: Maryland Richardson, Ruth Hobbins, Edith Beaugh. Brothers: Jeff & John Galyean.

Bonnie is survived by 3 Sons: Steve and his wife Nelda of Willis, TX. David of Highlands, TX. Mark and his wife Cherry of Brazoria, TX.

Grandchildren: Amy and her husband Jim Wall of Kurten, TX. 
Lori and her husband Brett Mosser of Cypress, TX. Daniel Brumbelow and his wife Amy of Sweeny, TX. Micah Brumbelow and his wife Sarah of Sweeny, TX. Jeremiah Brumbelow of Brazoria, TX.

Great Grandchildren: Courtney, Ashley, & Andrew Wall of Kurten. Taylor, Tori, & Trenna Mosser of Cypress. Hannah, & Abigail Brumbelow of Sweeny.

Sisters: Ruby Mickey, Delphia Jackson, Stella Kubecka.

“Adopted” Sons: Mike McReynolds of Wortham, TX; Benny Lau of Markham, Ontario, Canada. 

Pallbearers: Daniel Brumbelow, Micah Brumbelow, Jeremiah Brumbelow, Brett Mosser, Gary Lee, Greg Lee.

Visitation at Lakewood Funeral Home, Clute, TX October 7, 2013 from 6-8pm. 
Funeral Service at First Baptist Church, 401 Yaupon Street, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 October 8, 2013 at 10am. 
Ministers: Chad Alexander, D. O. Foster. 
Singers: Kyle B. Gulledge, Daniel Jennings.

Burial at Yelderman Cemetery, Damon, Texas.
Family may be contacted at P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to FBC, Lake Jackson (address above).

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” -John 11:25

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. -Proverbs 31:28

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, October 5, AD 2013.

Note: A photo may be added later. Check back for updates or tributes. 


“Bonnie Brumbelow is one of the greatest women I've ever known. Aside from my beloved mother and my precious wife, no woman has made a greater impact on my life. Some of the sweetest fellowship I have ever experienced has been in her home, sitting at her dinner table, eating her delicious food, visiting with her and her family. She is a woman of profound wisdom, Godly character, strong convictions, high morals, and courageous faith. Alice and I will always been indebted to Bonnie for the love and support she showed us during our years at FBC Lake Jackson. We had no greater supporter. No greater cheerleader. No greater advocate than Bonnie. We will miss her dearly.” -Dr. John A. Hatch, Director of Missions, Gregg Baptist Association, Longview, TX. 


  1. What a legacy of love and commitment. And so little can really be illumined for us all to know what a wonderful Christian wife, mother, friend and servant she was. Bless you all. hariette petersen

  2. Dear David and Family,
    Our prayers will be with you, your brothers, and family in the loss of your Mom. May the Lord bless you as you celebrate her Home-Going ... but miss her presence and love.

    Ron F. Hale

  3. Brother David,

    So glad I got to meet your mother back at the Bible conference in June. My regret is I could not take you and her up on the invitation to lunch. We would have had a delightful time I know.

    I could tell just from the brief conversations with her 'between' sales opportunities at our tables she was a pillar of Christian strength for you boys and a sure glue holding you all so close together after Bro. Joe passed on to be with Jesus. Now they both are together with the Savior they so loved and proclaimed while they were here. Ah, joy comes in the morning when we too shall see Him face to face...

  4. Oops! The comment above was me...

    Peter Lumpkins

  5. David, I am so sorry for the loss you and your family are feeling. Mrs. Bonnie will be missed so much. We eagerly await the time when The Lord calls us all home and we are able to rejoice in The Lord with those who have gone before us. Rest in his loving care. Take comfort in his promises.
    Linda K

  6. Bro. David, we are saddened to hear of your mother's death. I know you will miss her dearly but I am confident that her legacy lives on in you and your family. What a great testimony and what a great hope to look forward to.
    Ray Bullock


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