LAKE PALESTINE —
A memorial service for Brewster V. Lynch, 80, of Lake Palestine, and formerly of Bullard, will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m., prior to the service. The Rev. Dennis Cable will officiate the service.
Mr. Lynch passed away Friday, March 21, 2014 in Tyler after a brief but valiant battle with mantle cell lymphoma.
He was born at his home on the family farm in Flint on Dec. 11, 1933. He was the second child of Joe Laster and Hester Marie Towles Lynch. The cold weather and bad roads prevented the doctor from assisting in his delivery but a neighboring friend had been called to lend a hand. Brewster weighed over 11 pounds. He lost his father at the age of 5, but was molded and influenced in a positive way by his stepfather, Hamilton Walker (prior to his death).
Brewster attended Flint school for the first and second grades until the school closed. He then moved to Bullard schools where he graduated in 1952. Brewster attended Tyler Junior College and later married his first wife, Peggy Ann Long, on May 29, 1954. They lived in Bullard and raised three children. His father-in-law led Brewster to become a Master Mason at the Bullard Lodge No. 785, from June 6, 1959 until his death. From 1964 – 1965 he was the Master of the Bullard Lodge. In 2009 he was recognized with a 50-year service pin.
Brewster served on the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees in the early 1970s and also acted as Water Superintendent for the City of Bullard in the 1960-1970s. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church of Bullard.
Brewster spent most of his working years in industrial settings, including General Electric in Tyler, and ALCOA in Palestine, before retiring from Kelly-Springfield, water/electric Utility Power House Department in 1998.
He was described as a dependable husband, father and grandfather; he had a strong work ethic and was a man of few words. He was independent and head-strong, yet fair, compassionate and tender-hearted.
Brewster was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Ann Long Lynch; his parents; son, Craig Vondell Lynch; sister, Jo Nita Lynch Beam; brother-in-law, Lofton Bryant “Bud” Beam; mother and father-in-law, Willor D Cawthon Long and Howard Richard Long; and sister-in-law, Marzee Long Barnes.
He is survived by his loving family including his wife of 16 years, Sondra “Sandi” Lynch; daughters, Susan Rowan and husband Mike of Van, Ann Pesce and husband Paul of Palestine; grandchildren, Audrey Bell Mazzu and husband Nick, Dorothy Ann Bell and fiancé Michael Perez, Danny Lynch and wife Brandy, Shelly Bailey and husband Justin, Megan Lynch, Damon Pesce and fiancé Crystal Rose, and Spencer Pesce and wife Jennifer. He is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews; and extended family, Loni and Jessie Dollison of Diana, and Kevin and Jenny Harris of Greensboro, N.C.; and faithful four-legged companion, Maggie Lou.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Dupree, Tom Corley and Bob Barnes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701 or a charity of your choice.