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Oct 6, 2010 4:26 PM by Kate Mundy -- obit by Geesey-Ferguson

Retired 15th Judicial Circuit Judge Dead at Age 83

Judge Hugh Ellis Brunson (Ret.) was born June 7, 1927, at Crowley, Louisiana; He was a member of a pioneer Acadia Parish family. His grandfather, Dr. E.M. Ellis, was an early physician and surgeon and instrumental in establishing an early hospital in Crowley who brought his bride Ruth Pearl Cheney from Georgia. Judge Brunson's parent's were Hugh Gordon Brunson, an attorney and Mayor of Crowley, and Martha Ellis.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret McNair Brunson, and two children, Lauren Kathleen Brunson Schlamp (husband Dale Schlamp) and Jeffery Lane Brunson (wife Susette Prejean Brunson). There are six grandchildren, Elise and Daniel Brunson, and Jessica, Rachel, John and Spencer Rivet.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 o'clock p.m., Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, Crowley, Louisiana. The Brunson family is requesting visitors at 11 a.m. downstairs at First United Methodist Church.
Judge Brunson is a graduate of Crowley High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and business administration from Louisiana State University, and Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University Law School. He also is a graduate of the United States Air Force, Air University, Command and Staff Office Section.
During World War II, Judge Brunson enlisted in the United States Navy at eighteen years of age and continued to serve therein with seamen's rate until the war's end. After the war he attended Louisiana State University Law School where he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Service. Upon the outbreak of the Korean War he was voluntarily called into military service, serving as Judge Advocate, Truxax Air Force Base, Madison, Wisconsin. He was selected to attend the Command and Staff School at the United States Air Force's Air University. Upon graduation he was assigned at Kudena Air Base, Okinawa, as Judge Advocate and Legal Office, Far Eastern Air Force, 6332 Bomb Group whose mission was to bomb the enemy in Korea. During this period, in addition to serving as Judge Advocate and Legal officer, he also served as Platoon Leader of a Rifle Platoon and an Exchange Officer. For his service he was awarded a full parade individual Air Force Commander Metal, as well as the Korean Service and United Nations metals.
Upon his discharge from active duty with the United States Air Force, he returned to Louisiana where he served the Louisiana Legislature, Office of Legislative Counsel drafting legislation, conducting research and performing such other duties as required by the Legislature. Following several legislative sessions, Judge Brunson practiced law for a short time in Baton Rouge before returning to Crowley to open his own legal practice in 1954. He practiced law from 1954 to December 26, 1976 when he was sworn in as District Judge of Division F, Fifteenth Judicial District Court.
While practicing law he served as President of the Acadia Parish Bar Association and of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association. He was a member of the organizing committee for the first Indigent Defender Program for Acadia Parish. He also served as an Assistant District Attorney for Acadia Parish.
He was elected Judge of Division F of the Fifteenth Judicial District Court and entered upon his duties on December 26, 1976, and served from such date to his retirement on December 31, 1996. While serving as District Judge, he served as President of the Louisiana District Judge Association; he served on the Executive Committee there until the date of his death.
Judge Brunson also served by special assignment by the Supreme Court on many courts including but not limited to as the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, the Trial Courts in the Parishes of Acadia, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary and St. John Parishes.
During his lifetime he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crowley and many civic clubs, groups and activities.
Judge Brunson said on many occasions that his life had been blessed everyday by his deeply loved wife, Margaret, sharing those days with him. His family, children and grandchildren were always a source of happiness and pride for him.
Judge Brunson went to his death in the comforting faith in God and Jesus Christ, and our Lord and Savior, and life everlasting.
In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to First United Methodist Church of Crowley: 321 East 3rd St. Crowley, LA 70526, St. Jude's Children Hospital: P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38148-0142, and/or Heart of Hospice: 201 W. Vermillion St. Suite 200 Lafayette, LA 70501.
Condolences may be sent to the family by www.geesey-ferguson.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.

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