Delmar F. Brumley was born on Aug. 14, 1906 at Nida, Indian Territory, before Oklahoma became a state. His parents were Benjamin Franklin Brumley and Lona Agnes (Lee) Brumley. He married Ethel Dansby on Oct. 31, 1936, and was happily married for almost 69 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ethel Pauline Dansby Brumley, three sons and daughters-in-law, Darrel and Marvell Brumley of Battiest; Bennie and Leta Brumley of Broken Bow; Marion and Marie Brumley of Broken Bow; two daughters Jouree Simmons of Durant; Janelle Hammel and husband Gary Hammel of Durant. Other survivors include three sisters: Irene Thompson of Durant; Rosa Lee Hankey of Caddo; and Hettie Belle James of Tulsa; 10 Grandsons and wives: Kary and Kelli Brumley of Broken Bow; Daren and Sherry Brumley of Broken Bow; Steve and Paula Brumley of Duncan; Scott and Traci Brumley of Broken Bow; Harvey and Cindy Brumley of Broken Bow; Michael and Deleta Brumley of Broken Bow; Tadd and Cindy Hammel of Houston, Texas; Sean and Shannon Hammel of Wylie, Texas; Todd Hammel of McKinney, Texas; Jory Simmons of Sherman, Texas; three granddaughters: Lisa and husband Rusty Guerra of Little Rock, Ark.; Lori Creacy of The Woodlands, Texas; and Melissa Brumley of Huntsville, Texas; also 20 Great-Grandchildren.
Delmar Brumley was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Agnes Brumley; one daughter: Vickie Jan Brumley; one brother Roy Brumley; one sister: Alice Wold; three brothers-in-law: Leroy James, Lew Wold, and Lowell Hankey; one sister-in-law: Pearl Brumley.
Pallbearers include 10 grandsons: Kary Brumley, Daren Brumley, Steve Brumley, Scott Brumley, Harvey Brumley, Michael Brumley, Todd Hammel, Tadd Hammel, Sean Hammel and Jory Simmons. Honorary pallbearers are: Harold Rambo, Linda Smith, Hong Stumpff, Leonard Morgan, Earnest Hooser, J.D. Harlin, Paul Price and Ray Kennedy.
Delmar was a very devoted , loving, and caring husband, father, and grandparent. He truly enjoyed every moment of playing and teasing his grandchildren. He also enjoyed gardening, attending church, reading The Durant Daily Democrat, and sharing fond memories about Cobb School where he graduated in 1928.
Delmar worked at the Durant Middle School for 52 years. He started his career there on Aug. 1, 1945, and finally retired at the age of 91. While working at the school he became a close friend to many faculty members and students.He was an educational support person, who was dedicated and dependable.
After retiring at the age of 91 Delmar volunteered with Ernest Hooser to make a presentation at Van Alstyne, Texas elementary, where his daughter was a teacher. They were in full costume. Mr. Hooser was in his traditional Choctaw Indian attire and Mr. Brumley as the Pilgrim, since his ancestors came from England. He also participated in other skits about Cobb School.
Special recognition and appreciation are given to Gary Hammel, son-in-law, the staff at Four Seasons, and Dr. Harrison for the numerous expressions of care, concern, and support. Your kindness will forever be etched in our memories.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and the First Assembly of God Church building fund in Durant.
We know that he is thrilled to be at home now with his savior, Jesus, and his youngest daughter, Vickie Jan, who went to heaven in 1973. They both await the reunion that will transpire some day, where we will be together again in heaven. We love you.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 8, 2005 at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church in Durant With Rev. Herbert Davis, Rev. Doug Bowen, and Rev. Michael Bradley officiating the service. Family hour will be Thursday, July 7, 2005, 6-8 p.m. at Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.