A loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, Walter Bennett Brumfield Sr., affectionately known as "Bennett" to his family and friends, and "Big Broom" by his fellow co-workers, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Born in New Orleans, he was the son of the late Eleanor Bonner and Melvin Brumfield. He was raised in Tunica by his grandparents, Mary and Louis Price. Walter was a retired plant worker, carpenter and a longtime member of the Local Laborers Union Hall. In his lifetime, he was employed by River Bend Power Plant, Copolymer and Rubicon. He devoted his life to providing for his family. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing, watching television and working to beautify his yard. He was united in holy matrimony on Oct. 30, 1960, to the love of his life, Betty Jean Anderson. They celebrated their 50th Year "Golden Anniversary" last year. He had a smile that could light up the room and a laugh that would touch everyone's soul. He leaves to cherish his loving memory: a loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Betty J. Brumfield, of Clinton; four daughters, Joyce Matthews and husband McKinley, Susan Brumfield and Tongia Brumfield-Sanders and husband Brian, all of Ethel, and Marion Randolph, of Baton Rouge; a faithful son, Walter B. Brumfield Jr. and wife Reginia, of Clinton; a devoted brother, Elliot Peterson, of Baton Rouge; a loving sister, Annie Mary Ruth and husband Sherman, of Baton Rouge; four sisters-in-law, Daisy Herbert, Mary Robertson and Minnie Tillman, all of Baton Rouge, and Magalene Bell, of Ethel; five grandchildren who were "the apples of his eye," Denesha Wilson and husband Travis, Ronneshia Shief, Britney Sanders, Chelsea Randolph and Lanel Randolph Jr. and wife Rose; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Walk in will be held at Richardson Funeral Home of Clinton on Monday, May 2, from 9 a.m. until the religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by the Rev. Demetric L. Slaughter. Interment in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery in Tunica.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on Apr. 30, 2011