Roy D. Brinson – October 20, 2011


Roy D. Brinson
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Temple Baptist Church with Chad Mantooth officiating.  Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. in Westlawn Memorial Park in Borger.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
“A man of many hats.”
Born March 17, 1914.  He was 97 years old!
Roy wore many hats during his long life. He had many titles: Christian, Mr. B, brother, entrepreneur, father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, sailor, patriot, cattleman, farmer, boss, city commissioner,  grocerman, pore ole Roy, land developer, water utility operator, Rotarian, chief cook and bottle washer,  investor, salesman, fisherman,  realtor, trader,  care giver,  mentor, friend, and a great story teller.  Roy had many titles during his life time, all of which he enjoyed. He did love to tell stories! You can read one of his Navy stories by Googling his name and finding “The Very Wet Sailor”.
Roy grew up on a black land cotton farm near Frost, Texas, a small town south of the Dallas / Ft. Worth metroplex. His parents,  Phillip and Geneva Brinson had eight children. Roy is the last of the brothers and sisters to make their heavenly journey.
Roy grew up during the Great Depression and he never forgot it.  He was frugal and loved a bargain. Oh how he loved to grocery shop!
He started his business career by working in a grocery store in Wellington, Tx. While in Wellington he met and married Evelyn Joy Burt. His business career was interrupted by World War II.  He became a sailor and served aboard the USS Salt Lake City, a heavy cruiser. He wanted to be a store keeper on board, but because of his aptitude with math, he served as Fire Controlman.  Roy never owned a gun during his lifetime but for those Navy years he was one of the trigger fingers for those massive guns on board his ship. His time was spent in the Pacific where he was in most of the great sea battles, and his stories began.  He could tell you story after story with amazing recall of far away names.  He missed his family but he, along with the Greatest Generations group, was a patriot and loved his country.  He never really got rid of the “salt” in his blood.
Upon his return to the US, he opened his first grocery store in Amarillo and was very successful. The business prospered and grew, in 1953 he moved his family to Borger, Tx and purchased the Yoes Brothers grocery.  During the late 1950’s he served as a city commissioner for the City of Borger.
In 1961 he along with his partner/son Burt, started a land development around the City of Fritch.  It involved several thousand acres and is now home to over 4,500 people.  He operated Hi Texas Water Company, a water utility, to service the developed areas.  Some of the names of the developments are Arroyo Verde, Ponderosa, Sage Mesa, Antelope Mesa and many more.
Roy was married to Evelyn Joy Burt for 53 years.  Joy preceded him in death in 1989.  In 1990, Roy married Pauline Ellis of Amarillo.  They were married for 21 years. Pauline survives him.
Roy is survived by two children, Burt Brinson of Houston and Beverly Brinson Fry and her husband David Fry  of Amarillo , six grandchildren Brooks Brinson of Washington D.C.  Bo Brinson of Houston, Tx, Branch  Brinson of Katy, Texas, Bonner Brinson of Fulshear, Texas.  Aaron Fry of  Laguna, NM, and Raegan Fry King of  Waco, Tx . Roy had eight great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Sunday, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

0 Replies to “Roy D. Brinson – October 20, 2011”

  1. Mr. Brinson . . . and I always called him Mr. was a great client and I like to think friend. He always was glad to visit. My condolences to your family during this time.

  2. Beverly and family — We’re sorry for the loss of your dad but rejoice with you that he lived so long and accomplished so much. May God comfort each of you.

  3. Beverly, I’m sorry I didn’t read about your dad’s passing until this afternoon (Monday) because I would have liked to attend the service. I returned to Amarillo from Los Angeles at the end of 2000, and have many times thought of getting in touch, but something always crops up in the \but first\ category.
    I hope the fact that your dad had a long and productive life and created a family to be proud of is some comfort to you. I’d love to hear from you and perhaps get together when you’re feeling like having some company.
    Love, Ann

  4. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers durning this time.
    With love and faith,
    The Dahl Family

  5. We were saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family during this time. Please know that we are here for anything you may need. With love and faith, The Dahl Family

  6. So sorry to hear of his passing. He left behind many memories here in Fritch to be sure- and a heritage that will carry on in the Brinson family fo strong men. Our prayers are with you during this time.

  7. I offer my condolences at this time of releasing your father into the hands of his Father in God. May your dear father always have a place in your heart as he finds his rest in heaven and may you be comforted by the legacy of his life living eternally through your family.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! We always heard great stories about Mr. B. I know the memories he left behind will be treasured by all.

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