Eddie Dee Brines - Obituaries

Eddie Dee Brines

August 15, 1920 - July 22, 2017
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Eddie Dee Brines of Apache, OK

Was born August 15, 1920 in Empire, OK to Robert Luther and Freda (Wilkerson) Brines. He passed away July 22nd in Lawton, OK at the age of 96.

Eddie Brines wasn’t a man ever content to stand still. While many may remember him best as the sheriff in Roberts County, TX, where he served four terms and retired in 1985 at the age of 65, Eddie had more jobs than seems possible for one person’s lifetime. Before he became sheriff he was a deputy, and also held jobs in security, as a ranch hand and rodeo performer, a peanut farmer, a cotton picker, a milkman, a mechanic, and he ran a cafe.

His hobby list was even more extensive. Eddie enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing, singing, playing the fiddle, and treasure hunting. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember days spent out in grandpa’s lawn, chasing after grasshoppers to use as bait on the end of their fishing poles and hours spent in the garden collecting watermelons, squash, and okra that would later be pickled and eaten with dinner.

He was always chasing after treasure with one of several metal detectors he had over his lifetime, and was particularly on the lookout for the caches of Jesse James. Eddie never did find much treasure, but always enjoyed the hunt.

Among his family, Eddie had a reputation as something of a lady’s man. He was married to his wife Daisy Ann Reagan for 57 years before she passed away, and was later remarried to Goldie Hughes in 1999. The two of them lived in Comanche, OK until Goldie passed away in 2009, and Eddie moved to Apache. There, he met and married Bernice Gustin Willcox in 2010. They were married until her death in 2013.

Eddie was also a man dedicated to his country and communities, as a soldier and later a member of law enforcement. He served in the US Army during World War 2, and was a member of the American Legion where he was about to receive his 60 year membership certificate, and a Life Member of the VFW. Eddie was an inspiration to many of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who also chose to serve, in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

He is survived by:

One daughter-
Valjean and husband, Jerry Wheeler Apache, OK
1 brother and his wife-
Luther Wayne and Emily Brines Clinton, OK

Two sons-
Robert Claude Brines Pottsboro, TX
Jason D. Brines Pottsboro, TX

14 grandchildren-
Kelly Wilhoit and husband Jimmy of Texas, Robert Brown of Dallas,Tx , Kevin Wheeler and wife Jennifer of Miami,Tx, Kristy Brabaw and husband Ernie of Apache,OK, Kennith Wheeler and wife Sandy of Lancaster, CA, Melanie Kuykendall and husband Don of Wills Point, Tx, Starla Dutton and spouse of Pottsboro, Tx, Brandon Brines and Shila Brines of Gordonville, Tx, Debra Lumbert of Illinois, David Lumbert, Danny Lumbert, and Darrell Lumbert

18 great-grandchildren

10 great-great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by:
His parents
His wives-Daisy, Goldie and Bernice
2 sisters- Minnie Suza, Jarata Dotson
2 brothers- Forrest Ellen Brines and Johnnie Lavern Brines
A son- Eddie James Brines
A daughter- Barbara Nell Lumbert
A great-granddaughter- Lindsey Lumbert

Viewing will be held Tuesday all day and Wednesday until 5 P.M. at Crews Funeral Home in Apache Oklahoma. Family Night will be from 5 to 7 P.M on Wednesday July 26th, 2017. Graveside services with military honors will be held Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 A.M. at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, OK with Pastor Kerry Glasgow officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Crews Funeral Home of Apache.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apache Senior Nutrition Center.

Service Information

Date: July 27, 2017
Time: 10:00 am

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Wills Point, TX
You have left a lasting imprint on everyone you knew that will never die.
You live on in our hearts!
Brandon Brines
Pottsboro, TX
Every Pecan I pick up , and every time I here that ole Fiddle im gonna think of you Grandpa, and all the things you showed us thou you didnt have to .  Im proud to have had you and your ex deputy sheriff Robert as father figures and hope im half the man yall are .  Gonna miss ya
Brandon Haynes
Pottsboro, TX
And The Flag Should go to his Son which is my Father . And Eddie Brines deputy sheriff , Robert is a Vietnam Vet, with all sorts of Medals like his father. Love you and will before ever in our hearts
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