MIDLAND John L Bruton passed away Monday, July 22, 2013. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Robert Lee Cemetery in Robert Lee, Texas, with Portis Ribble and Don Mitchell officiating. He was born in Robert Lee, Texas, May 22, 1931, to Luther and Lillie Ruth Bruton. He grew up on a farm in Edith, Texas, and went to school at Green Mountain. He and his friends spent many happy hours at Dripping Springs playing in the "The Drips". John graduated from Robert Lee High School where he was active in many sports. He attended Odessa College and played on their last football team. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served until 1954. He was a Korean War veteran and later enjoyed attending many ship's reunions with the crew of the USS Corson. While serving in the Navy, he married Janie Sue Higgins of Robert Lee, Texas. They moved to Midland in 1960, where John owned and operated Scotsdale Barbershop. He loved his job and said he had the best clientele in the world. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Luther and Lillie Ruth Bruton; stepfather Ralph Garvin; and a sister, Marjorie. He is survived by his wife, Janie Bruton; two daughters, Paula Belt and husband Greg, Patti Parson and husband Farris; two granddaughters, Ellen Funderburg and husband Josh, Emily Belt; one grandson, Jarrett Parson; two great-granddaughters, Katherine and Lily Funderburg; and many special nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Vogel. Also, a special thanks to John's longtime customers and friends and all his caring neighbors at Scotsdale Barbershop. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences can be made at npwelch.com.
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Published in GoSanAngelo from July 24 to July 25, 2013