Former Brookshire Brothers president dies

R.A. Brookshire (Source: Carroway Funeral Home)
R.A. Brookshire (Source: Carroway Funeral Home)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - R.A. Brookshire, who served as president of Brookshire Brothers during the late 1990s, died Wednesday evening.

Company president Jerry Johnson said Brookshire, 80, died around 5 p.m. at the PineCrest Retirement Community. He served as president of the company when the majority interest was transferred to the employees.

"Under his leadership, the company installed its first retail fuel operations, its first pharmacies, as well as its Tobacco Barn division," Johnson said. "His strong leadership and great sense of humor will be missed by all."

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lufkin's First Baptist Church with the Revs. Bob Klund and Aubrey Knox officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church parlor.

Brookshire was born on Oct. 10, 1934, in Lufkin to the late Winifred and Austin Brookshire, according to his obituary. A graduate of Lufkin High School, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where he later served on the Board of Regents.

After Brookshire served in the U.S. Army, he started his career with Brookshire Brothers, which was founded by his father and uncle in 1929. He and his brothers, Gene and Oscar, continued running the family business and took turns serving as the company's president, according to the obituary.

“Although they had diverse personalities, they never had a cross word about the business,” the obituary stated.

Brookshire established scholarships at SFA and the Truitt Seminary at Baylor.

A longtime member of Lufkin's First Baptist Church, Brookshire was a member of George Chandler and Burl Richardson's Sunday School. He was also active with the “Tuesday Morning Men's Bible study” at Believers Bible Church.

“[Brookshire] never met a stranger, and his vibrant personality and love of life were appreciated by all,” the obituary stated.

Brookshire is survived by his wife, Barbara, two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and numerous other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lufkin's First Baptist Church, 106 E. Bremond Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901 or Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

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