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DOYLE BRIMBERRY

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April 13, 1922 - January 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Doyle Lee Brimberry, a Korean War Veteran who earned the rank of major in the United States Marine Corps, died on Wednesday, January 29, in Oklahoma City. He was 91. Known to his family and friends as "Brim," he was a pilot who completed 77 missions during the Korean War, and his efforts were recognized with a number of war medals for his distinguished service for his country. He was born on April 13, 1922, in Grapeland, TX to the late Stanley & Vallie (Dubose) Brimberry and raised in Dallas during the Great Depression, which shaped his dedication to both his work and his family. He graduated from Crozier Technical High School in Dallas in 1939 as an officer in the ROTC and joined the Navy as a lieutenant before transferring to the Marine Corps as an instrument flight instructor. He married Shirley Francis Lynn in south Texas while he was stationed in Corpus Christi. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. After the Korean War, he became a flight instructor in Pensacola, FL. Once he completed his military service, Mr. Brimberry worked as an air traffic controller in both Memphis and Oklahoma City. Later, he worked as a home builder and business leader in the greater Oklahoma City area, where he ran two successful businesses, B&C Carpet in Del City, OK and Sunbelt Distributing in Oklahoma City. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason. His parents; and sister, Joy Brimberry Forrest, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; their son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Janet Brimberry, of Oklahoma City; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Jerry Cline, of Plano, TX; grandchildren: Dawn Brimberry Kahle (Dan Kahle), of Dallas; Daren Brimberry (Christie Brimberry), of North Richland Hills, TX; and Kyle Brimberry, of Oklahoma City; as well as eight great-grandchildren. A remembrance service was held at the Restland Funeral Home in Dallas on Friday, January 31, 2014.

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 2, 2014
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