A viewing for those who wish to pay their respects to Bobby Brummett will be from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Bixby Funeral Service. Bobby passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020, in Tulsa. He was 85.
A memorial service is being planned and will be announced as soon as family and friends can join together to truly celebrate Bobby’s life.
Born April 5, 1935, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bobby Gene Brummett was the eldest son of William Dillard and Laura Mae (Mize) Brummett.
Bobby’s earliest memories were that of living on a farm lease in Osage, Oklahoma. As young fellas often do, Bobby being no exception, he grew especially fond of his uncles - always claiming that Uncle Jack was his favorite. He certainly adored his Grandmother Brummett, a devout Pentecostal. Grandfather Brummett was a strict, but well-respected businessman who grew and sold produce at Trenton Market. Bobby and younger brother, Leon, sure got their fair share of working the produce business and grew quite tired of cantaloupe as they tended to their dad’s 10-acre patch!
Trading produce for the pipeline, Bobby and Leon’s dad would move them, and their mother, frequently as Mr. Brummett’s job demanded. They lived in a tent in Arkansas, a labor camp in Farmersville, CA, and even moved six times in one semester of school. Needless to say, school was not Bobby’s favorite place to be.
At sixteen years of age, tired of moving from school to school, Bobby went to Tulsa City Hall to inquire about a job. He told the folks there that he was 18 and he believed they knew he needed the work and stability. In turn, they didn’t question his age and hired him. He then attended night school at Central High in Tulsa. He only lacked one test (American History) to get his diploma. He never took the test.
He would then enroll in the International Correspondence School or ICS. Once enrolled, he received a pay raise with City Hall and completed a Land Surveying and Mapping degree. He worked a total of 12 years at City Hall where he would serve his apprenticeship and later be named Head Draftsman. He made many friends, met numerous consultants around town and received a wonderful education there. This certainly set him up for a successful career as a Land Surveyor and business owner.
Bobby would work for various engineering and surveying companies where he gained valuable experiences in drawing bridge plans, surveying, and was even taught the social aspect of being in business. In 1975, at 40 years old, Bobby partnered with Jim Plummer and Roy Malerny in an engineering, surveying, and architectural firm. A few years later, he left and formed his own company “Brummett Surveyors and Associates”.
Love would find Bobby when he was fifteen years old. This, when Bobby went along with a friend to the skating rink in Bixby. The main objective, of these two, was to meet girls. Wouldn’t you know that Bobby would meet Jackie James there, but instead of pursuing her - he first set her up on a date with someone else. Fortunately for Bobby, that date didn’t go well. It would take Jackie a few weeks of being mad at Bobby before she began talking to him again. She then invited him out to her home where he was able to meet her family and share in a very good meal. He felt accepted by Jackie’s father, Harmon, right away. This certainly didn’t hurt Bobby’s case as he pursued a relationship with Jackie.
This relationship would have to overcome a long-distance separation as Bobby moved again. The two began exchanging letters, but early on those letters were not closed with the word ‘love’. That all changed with one signature when Jackie signed, “I love you Bobby.” He was certainly thrilled at this and his desire to marry Jackie was only strengthened as a result. It would take a couple of tries and finally his mother’s presence at the Bentonville Courthouse for the marriage to be official. This was one of the best days of Bobby’s life!
Becoming a father and anytime he was around a car were also considered the best days for Bobby. At a fairly early age, Bobby hung around a neighbor who was building a race car from the ground up. This gentleman let Bobby help. Once finished, he even let Bobby drive it around the block. These were the very beginnings of Bobby’s racing days. He owned three race cars through the years: the first was a Ford that he later took parts off to make a midget racer, the second was a stock car that Danny Whitehouse painted, the third was a Chevy and was the prettiest of all.
The most exciting time of racing, for Bobby, was winning his first race in Liberal, Kansas. He had some less exciting times involving accidents – one on the day that his son, Bobby Dale was born. He was taken by ambulance to St. John’s Emergency Room. Once released, he went to check on Jackie and to meet his son. Daughter, Suzan, recalls her dad always driving very fast. He would weave in and out of the lanes on the expressway. Any car that might pass him only enticing him to drive faster. She also recounted that her dad had several wrecks along the way. Some minor, some major.
Fast and furious, it seems, is the way of life. It wasn’t long ago that Bobby became Jackie’s caregiver as her health and memory declined. She passed away on February 26, 2018 after 65 years together. There was no doubt that following her passing, Bobby became very lonely. It seemed to be at the right time when Bobby was visiting with a friend and the name Joyce Steely was brought up. It had been many years ago, but Bobby recalled the pretty former classmate from Jenks Junior High. Bobby and Joyce met up and his heart was rekindled. Bobby’s family will always remember the love and care Joyce provided enabling Bobby to remain in his own home as his own health declined.
It is with saddened hearts that the family faces the loss of Bobby here on earth. However, they are grateful and thankful for his life and the many contributions he made here. Bobby will be remembered for being a great listener, despite his hard hearing, and a man who was a wonderful friend, husband, father, grandfather, and brother. His presence will undoubtedly be missed and watch out Heaven he’s a little dangerous and very fast!
Bobby was preceded in death by: his parents and his loving wife, Martha Jacqueline “Jackie” (James) Brummett.
He is survived by: his children: Bobby Brummett and wife, Kari of Bixby and Suzan Aubry and husband, Don of Overland Park, KS; four grandchildren: Patrick Aubry, Brian Aubry, Christen Ground and husband, J.W. and Luke Brummett; a great-granddaughter, Jolene Ground; brother, Luther “Leon” Brummett; niece, Felicia Brummett; brothers-in-law, Tommie James and Bill Bennett; sister-in-law, Yvonne Hyams and husband, Wayne; and his companion, Joyce Steely.
For those who wish to honor Bobby’s memory, memorial contributions may be directed, in Bobby Gene's name, to Bixby First United Methodist Church OR go and see Bobby’s car on display at Route 66 Auto Museum, Sapulpa OK!
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