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Subject: BULLION: Thomas M Bullion--d.25/9/2005>usa\tx
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 22:43:44 -0000
Thomas M. Bullion, Jr.
Approximate Date of Death
Thomas Monroe Bullion Jr. (Tom), of Taylor, Texas died on Sunday, September
25, 2005 at the age of 83 following a lengthy illness.
Tom is survived by his wivf Bunnie Louise Bullion, son Thomas M. Bullion III
and his wife Melissa Ferrell Bullion of Austin, granddaughters Natalie Rae
Bullion of St. Helena, California and Rachel Elizabeth Bullion of Austin,
and grandson Thomas Monroe Bullion IV of Austin. He is also survived by his
niece Ann Bullion Mears of San Angelo and nephew John Lewis Bullion of
Columbia Missouri. Tom is also survived by Bunnie s sons and their families,
David Ross, Sheri, Caleb and Katelyn Brooks, and William Neal, Lynda, Myra,
Cammy and Will Brooks.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Alla Rae Belt Bullion, his father
Thomas Monroe Bullion, his mother Florence Weaver Bullion, his brother J.
Waddy Bullion, his sister, Geraldine Bullion. Tom dearly loved his family
and often remarked that he had the most wonderful mother and father.
Tom was born in Eden, Concho County, Texas on May 11, 1922. He graduated
from Eden High School in 1939 and attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood
before the war. Tom grew up during the Great Depression and always worked
hard, first as a shoe shine boy at a very young age, then at his family s
caf in Eden, then at various jobs to put himself through college.
During World War II, Tom joined the Army. He landed at Omaha Beach, France
in September 1944 and crossed Europe, participating in the capture and
liberation of Germany. Tom received three Battle Stars in the Ardennes, the
Rhineland, and Central Europe.
After the war, Tom enrolled in the University of Texas and received two
degrees in May 1951; a BA in History with a minor in Government and an
L.L.B. He settled in Taylor in June 1951 when he became employed by Taylor
Refining Company. A short time later, he became associated with Harris A
Melasky in the practice of law. He continued to practice in Taylor for over
50 years, closing Melasky & Bullion in January 2004. In addition to his
private law practice, Tom as City Attorney for the City of Taylor from April
1956 to February 1998, among the longest service of any city attorney in
Texas history. When asked his profession, Tom always said, "I have a license
to practice law."
Tom became a member of the Taylor Rotary Club in the latter part of July
1951. In his second year he was elected to the Board of Directors, served as
a secretary-treasurer, and edited the club bulletin. He served as President
of the club during the golden anniversary year of Rotary, 1954-1955. He
served on the Board of Directors on at least three different occasions, held
practically every committee assignment in the club, and headed up the
international service area on numerous occasions. He served as Master of
Ceremonies at the annual Inter-City Meet sponsored by the Taylor Rotary Club
on numerous occasions and became well known throughout the district by
reason of this service. Tom was District Governor of District 585 in
1972-73. It was at his district conferences in Waco in March 1972 that the
Group Study Exchange was authorized and instituted. His club made him a Paul
Harris Fellow in the early part of 1974. Tom was inducted into the Rotary
Roll of Fame during ceremonies at the District 585 District Conference on
Saturday, April 23, 1977.
Tom s community activities outside of Rotary include serving as general
chairman of a successful drive of the Taylor Community Chest, president for
at least two terms of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society,
chairman of the local unit of the Salvation Army, chairman of the local unit
of the American Red Cross, and past president of the Williamson County Bar
Association. Tom also served on Johns Community Hospital Board, the Moody
Museum Advisory Board, and the Williamson County Museum Board. He also
served Taylor through the Meadows Foundation, the Taylor Public Library, the
Boy Scouts, the First Baptist Church, and other organizations. Tom was named
Taylor Citizen of the Year in 1987. Tom never spoke of his accomplishments.
Instead, he tried to live the Rotary creed, "Service Above Self." He was a
man of great humility.
Tom was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. During the last year of
his life, he was especially excited when able to spend time with his new
grandson and namesake Thomas Monroe Bullion IV (Tommy). He was a person of
loyalty to his friends and loyalty to his country. Tom was a dedicated
Republican. He was also a person of friendship, kindness, fairness, honesty,
and honor. He possessed a great sense of humor. His eyes would sparkle and
twinkle at something he found humorous. He had s beautiful voice and was
always eloquent in his speech. He was a huge University of Texas football
Tom and his Eden family were Southern Baptists. He became a Christian at the
age of 11 at the First Baptist Church in Eden, Texas and was baptized in
Brady Creek. Tom was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in
Taylor, but he especially became active after Alla Rae s death in 1993. He
and Bunnie met at church and were married in 1996. Tom was baptized again in
the Jordan River when he and Bunnie traveled to Israel in 1999. Until his
declining health prevented it, Tom was active in the Prime Timers and the
Adult III Sunday School Class. He also portrayed a character in several
Christian plays written by his friend, Herb Hermes. He is now in a much
better place, catching up with family and old friends.Tom will be missed and
remembered by all who knew him and loved him. He was a wonderful man.
There will be a visitation Tuesday, September 27th 6-8 PM at Providence
Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 28,
2005 a 2 PM at the First Baptist Church in Taylor, with Rev. David Johnson
officiating. Family and friends will gather to celebrate Tom s life before
services in the church s Fellowship Hall. Burial will follow at Rice
Cemetery, near Milano, Texas.
Pallbearers are Clark Jackson, Rod Hortenstein, Pete Zimmerhanzel, John
Nelson, and Frank Salvato. Honorary Pallbearers are the Adult III Sunday
School Class of the First Baptist Church in Taylor and Horace Barron.
The family wished to express great appreciation for those who cared for Tom
during his illness, Rev. David Johnson, pastor of the First Baptist Church
in Taylor, Chaplain Tom Wicker, Trinity Care Center, Dr. Franklin Chang, the
Scott & White Clinic, Taylor, the Scott & Whit Medical Staff, Temple; and
the caring Staff at Trinity Care Center, Round Rock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist
Church Building Program, P.O. Box 630, Taylor, TX 76574; the Rotary Club of
Taylor, TX. or a charity of your choice.
Friends are invited to share their words of comfort in an online tribute at
www.Providencefuneralhome.com in Thomas Bullion s memory.
Memorial provided by:
Providence Funeral Home
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