Donald Dean Brumley, age 80, of Ozark was born on September 20, 1942, to Jolavar Hammond and Jerry Brumley in Ozark, Missouri, not far from where he spent his entire life.
Don grew up on W Highway and was raised by his grandma and grandpa, George and Hilma Brumley. Don met Phyllis at the age of 19 and married shortly after in 1962. They welcomed two daughters, Keita and Donna. Phyllis and Don lived down W. Highway on the farm for 60 years.
Don spent 31 years working for Fasco, and he never missed the opportunity to tell anyone about it. He’d always say “Hang right in there, that’s how I got my start”. He was proud of his 31 years.
In his younger days you’d probably find him treeing a coon with a three-legged Walker Dog or a Blue Tick named Chigger Bill, or at the horses races yelling: “Come on 2-4!”
He successfully taught all of the grandkids to “sweat it” when scratching off lottery tickets. As Don got older, he enjoyed checking his cows or tinkering with an old rig he got in a trade.
To know Don was to love him…or to not. He was loud, more often than not, he was obnoxious, and worked hard to live up to the nickname “Rank”, but he loved deeply, and his family was his whole world. I promise there is not another one like him and we know he’s belting a song to the angels.
Don knew the Lord and was saved and baptized at a young age and was a member of Prospect Baptist Church.
Don was preceded in death by: His parents Jerry Brumley and Jolavar Hammond; sister Carol White; grandparents George and Hilma Brumley; and grandson Chancy Cobb.
Survivors include: His wife, Phyllis Brumley; brother, Robert Jerry Brumley and wife Sandy; daughter Keita Highfill and husband Derrel Highfill; daughter Donna Walrath; grandkids Lisa Tilley and husband Dustin Tilley, Bethany Jussel and husband Jeremiah Jussel, William Reece and wife Ashley Reece, and Misty Lonon; and great-grandkids Presli Jussel, Zachary Reece, Lane Jussel, Mason Tilley, Jackson Reece, Sadie Tilley and Raven Reece.