Woodrow Wilson Bruce Broussard, 93, of Sour Lake, Texas, passed away after a long illness on September 1, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Vinton, Louisiana, on November 5, 1918, he served in the United States Navy during WWII, and later was employed by Gulf Oil Corp., now Chevron, for over 40 years. Bruce served as a Post Commander of the Ameri- can Legion for many years and was a First United Methodist Church Elder. He mastered the leather-making art, including bullwhip-making and lassos, and was well known for his excellent craftsmanship. The last surviving member of his immediate family, Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and by his beloved wife of 53 years, Doris McAlister Broussard. He is survived by his loving wife, Jane Selman Broussard; son, David Broussard and wife, Dorothy; daughter, Debra Broussard Harken and husband, Thomas L. Harken Jr.; stepson, Benton Selman; stepdaughter, Rachel Selman; grandsons, Thomas L. Harken III and Brandon Broussard; and granddaughters, Terran Alexis Harken and Ginger Broussard. A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, Sept. 3, 2012 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Funeral home. There will be a celebration of Bruce's life Tuesday, at 2:00 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Bruce to First United Methodist Church, Sour Lake, Texas. For updated information please go to ClaybarFuneralHome.com
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 3, 2012