TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to a man remembered more for his smile and sincerity than business success. Hundreds converged on Green Acres Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon for Bruce Brookshire's memorial.
The church pews were filled for the man who was friend to all. Bruce Brookshire's impact was seen in more than the buildings and businesses he helped create. His presence was seen in smiles.
"I think it just shows how many people loved Poppa and most of all how much Poppa loved other people," said Ross Brookshire, grandson of Bruce Brookshire. "That's just how he lived his life, always with a smile on his face and it was never fake. That's just how he was."
Love filled the room in friends, family, and flowers as everyone remembered Brookshire.
"Whenever you live in a place like Tyler, it's great because people make it great and he was one of those people who made it great," said Dr. Paul Powell, a long-time friend and pastor
Powell, led the special service for a special friend.
"I'd have driven all night to be here and pay tribute to my good friend Bruce Brookshire," said Powell.
The good friend to many was a family man first and leaves a lasting legacy in generations of Brookshires.
"That's something that he taught me from day one was always work hard for something that you want...always that God provides in good times and bad times and that he's the basis for every person's foundation," said Ross Brookshire.
"A person like that has to be recognized as a great person because Jesus said, 'Let the one who would be greatest among you become the servant of all,'" said Powell.
A lifetime of service, no surprise with a man of conviction, courage, and character.