Thurman Ellis "Buster" Bryant and Ouida Brunette Armstrong Bryant
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Thurman Ellis “Buster” Bryant was the 6th son born to Arthur and Hattie Linn Bryant on December 9, 1923 in the Estacado Community.

He lived most of his life in the Estacado area except for the time he spent serving his country. Growing up on a farm he quite naturally came by a love for farming and raising animals. He raised cattle, chickens, and pigs; there were always a couple of dogs and several cats at their farm. My grandparent’s farm was a wonderful place to visit when I was a child. We loved to help gather the eggs from the chickens. I remember once my grandfather had a cow that gave birth to triplets. All three were different colors and had to be bottle-fed. The cow had previously given birth to two sets of twins. While a young man attending school at Texas Tech he met the dark-haired beauty Ouida Brunette Armstrong. A little over a year after the couple met they married in Clovis, New Mexico on October 18, 1942. It had to have been tough on the young couple when he was called away to serve his country in World War II. He spent over a year away from Ouida while in the Navy. He wrote her every day but something the ship didn’t dock for days at a time so there would be times she would receive 4 or more letters at once.

Buster and Ouida have 3 children: Cheryl Elaine, Bobby Dee and Terry Ellis. They have many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in October of 1992.

Buster was a life-long member of the Church. As a young boy his family would attend the Methodist Church one Sunday and the Baptist Church the next. Later in life he attended the Estacado Baptist Church. The Estacado Baptist Church Celebrated its 100th birthday in 1989. He and 15 other members struggled to keep the doors of the church open so that people could worship there.

In 1982 Buster and neighbor Harold Campbell both donated land for a road to be created so there would be access to the Estacado Cemetery. Estacado was the first settlement and seat of government in the Crosby County Land District. Estacado Cemetery is the burial site of many early day pioneer settlers and is where Buster was buried.

Written and submitted by granddaughter, Connie Mounsey, February 28, 2006

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Lorenzo man dies in tractor crash
A 77-year-old farmer died Wednesday night after crashing his tractor into a tree, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Thurman E. Bryant, a lifelong resident of Lorenzo, died about 8:30 p.m. at University Medical Center.

The crash occurred about 7 p.m. on County Road 5800 southeast of Petersburg in Lubbock County. Bryant was driving a 1964 John Deere tractor with a front loader.

As Bryant crossed the road between two fields, the tractor struck a tree, according to DPS reports. An autopsy will determine if the crash or a medical condition caused Bryant's death.

Bryant was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Estacado Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Ouida, a daughter and two sons.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Estacado Baptist Church with burial to follow in Estacado Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Adams Funeral Home of Lorenzo.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, March 23, 2001


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photo courtesy of Connie Mounsey


Photo courtesy of Connie Mounsey Services for T.E. "Buster" Bryant, 77, of Estacado were at 4 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2001 at Estacado Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Rine officiating and the Rev. Dennis Williams assisting. Burial will be in Estacado Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home in Lorenzo.

He died on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. He was born on Dec. 9, 1923, in Estacado, TX.

He married Ouida Armstrong on Oct. 18, 1942, in Clovis, N.M.

He was a member of Estacado Baptist Church and had lived in Estacado all of his life. He was a farmer and rancher and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: J.N. Bryant and Robert D. Bryant.

Survivors include his wife, Ouida Bryant of Estacado; two sons, Bobby Bryant of Plainview, TX and Terry Bryant of Floydada, TX; a daughter, Cheryl Wampler of Lorenzo; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Estacado Baptist Church, HCR 2 Box 39, Lorenzo, TX 79343.

©The Crosby County News & Chronice, Friday, March 30, 2001
Photo courtesy of Connie Mounsey

photo of Ouida Bryant Services for Ouida Bryant, 83, of Lorenzo will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007 in the Lorenzo First Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Williams and Rev. Bobby Rine officiating. Burial will follow in the Estacado Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Lorenzo.

Mrs. Bryant passed away Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007 in Lubbock. She was born Jan. 5, 1924 in Farmersville, Texas to the late Herman S. and Florence Belle (Warrick) Armstrong.

On Oct. 18, 1942 she married T. E. ěBusterî Bryant in Clovis, New Mexico.

He preceded her in death March 21, 2001.

Ouida was a graduate of Patton Springs High School and Draughnís Business School in Lubbock. She was a member of the Estacado Baptist Church, the Tuesday Morning Bible Study at Lorenzo First Baptist Church and the Lorenzo Senior Citizens. She lived in the Lorenzo area all her life.

She is survived by two sons, Bobby Bryant and his wife, Jane of Plainview and Terry Bryant of Lorenzo; one daughter Cheryl Wampler and her husband Larry of Lorenzo; a brother, H. S. "Harry" Armstrong, Jr. and his wife Linda of Gilmer, Texas; six grandchildren, Keith Wampler, Cathy Sechrist and husband Allen, Connie Mounsey and husband Rusty, Amy Shick and husband Brad, Clay Bryant and wife Christine and Dustin Fincher; 11 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

The family suggests memorials to Estacado Cemetery Association, Box 238, Lorenzo, Texas 79343 or to a favorite charity.

©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Monday September 24, 2007

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