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James Monroe "Jim" Brizendine

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James "Jim" Monroe Brizendine, 88, passed from this life on April 27, 2012. He was born on Oct. 26, 1923, in Tulsa, Okla., to Margaret and Marion Brizendine.

Jim graduated from Tulsa Central High School and attended the University of Oklahoma until serving in the United States Army 69th Infantry in Belgium, France and Germany during World War II. He received the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and European Theatre Operation Medal with three Battle Stars. After VE Day, he served with a mounted riot squad in Breman, Germany.

Mr. Brizendine was employed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as 12th District international representative. He retired in 1985 to move back to the family farm in Starrville, to be in the cattle and quarter horse business full-time.

Jim was born a cowboy and his love of horses was well known throughout. Cutting horses were his passion and he competed for many years, winning in both the National Cutting Horse Association and the American Cutting Horse Association. It was not unusual to see Jim pull up with several horses in the trailer and many dogs in the truck with him, wherever he went so did his dogs. Being a cattleman was a large part of Jim's life and he was dedicated to maintaining and improving his herd.

He was a member of Star Masonic Lodge No. 11, 50-year member and past worshipful master of Hominy Oklahoma Masonic Lodge No. 350, a 50-year member of the Oklahoma Consistory of the Scottish Rite and served as a member of the Arkansas Governor's Education Committee, Texas and Southwestern Cattleraisers as an honorary director and member of the Brand and Inspection Committee, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, American Cutting Horse Association, Ranching Heritage, past president of Starrville Water Supply, past Board of Director Starrville Community Center, past Board of Director Starrville Cemetery Association, East Texas State Fair Equine Committee and a past director of the East Texas Farm and Ranch Club.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Virginia "Ginna" Weaver Brizendine.

Survived by his loving family: wife, Rosemary Brizendine; daughter and husband, Nancy Lee and Mark Klein; son, James David Brizendine; grandchildren, Michael Klein, James Klein, Ginna Lee Klein; sister-in-law, Sandra Rogers Weaver; nephew and wife, John and Denise Sullivan Weaver; niece and husband, Lisa Weaver and Monty Montgomery; grandnieces, Elizabeth Stone and Kailee Weaver

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Starrville Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Starrville Methodist Church under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Monday. The family request, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Starrville Community Center, P.O. Box 351, Winona, 75792.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 30, 2012
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