Funeral services for Melvin D. Brookshire, 86, of Conroe will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at 2 p.m. in First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Taylor officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2005 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Melvin was born January 7, 1919 at Enterprise, in Shelby County near the town of Center in East Texas. He was the third and last surviving son of eight boys born to William and Willie Brookshire, whose families settled in Texas in 1827. He passed away in the early hours of May 5, 2005 in Houston, Texas.
In 1923, at the age of five, Melvin moved with his family from Enterprise to Grassland between Tahoka and Post in West Texas. He grew up on the farmland his parents had bought from the Post Cereal Company, and attended school at Grassland. During World War II, he served in the Army. Returning home, he established himself as a dry-land cotton farmer in the Grassland-Tahoka community. He met Betty Lou Frazier, an English teacher at Tahoka High School, and they married in August, 1948. A year later Bonnie, their first child, was born; three years later they had another girl, Sharon, who was called Sissy by her doting father. In 1956, Melvin and Betty moved their family further west. They settled in Denver City where Betty again taught school and Melvin farmed and ranched in the area. In 1967, they were delighted when their son, Van, was born. In 1970, Melvin retired from farming and he and Betty moved their family to Conroe, Texas. Unable to completely retire, Melvin spent the next 30 years making people look good as a barber. He raised and trained registered Quarter horses and enjoyed being a grandfather. He was a member of the Conroe Masonic Lodge and was a mason for 54 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the American Quarter Horse Association. He taught his children that Dying is just part of living.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Lou Frazier Brookshire of Conroe; his son, Van Brookshire and wife Kristi of Evergreen; daughters, Bonnie Brookshire and husband Dan Watson of Houston, and Sharon Kneisley and husband Kameron of Montgomery; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.