Mr. Chalmers Lawrence Bruce, Jr. (C.L.) went to be with his wife, parents and friends on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
C.L. left this earth at the home he loved so much, on a bright sunny day, with his daughter and son-in-law by his side. He was at peace and ready to serve the Lord along with being with his wife. He was born July 24, 1931, in Hamlet, son of Chalmers L. Bruce, Sr. and Ruby Quick Bruce. C.L. started out his career working at Butter Cup Ice Cream, then The City of Hamlet Water Department and later was ask to start up Richmond County Water Plant, from which he retired. He was also a veteran of US Army serving during the Korean War.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Harrington Funeral Home from 1:00-2:30 pm with a Graveside Service at Mary Love Cemetery, Hamlet, at 3:00 pm. Burial will follow.
The family will receive friends at the Home of Mr. Bruce on Friday and Saturday between the hours of 2:00-4:00 pm.
Dad often told the story of how one day he was riding down the road and saw a For-Sale sign in front of a house with 16 acres of land. He went straight to the bank and purchased the home; there he and his wife Ruby raised their two children; it was truly his piece of Heaven on earth as he really loved his home. He lived there for 58 years and there was no place he would have rather been.
He was known as a man of few words, unless he was talking about the Korean War, where he received medals including a purple heart. Dad was definitely a hero in our eyes, not only as a soldier, but by his actions in the way he loved his wife, children and grandchildren.
Mr. Bruce is preceded in death by his beloved late wife, Ruby Bruce; and his parents, Ruby Q. and Chalmers L. Bruce, Sr.
Left to treasure all of his precious memories are his daughter, Kathy Bream (Tim) of Hamlet; son, Lawrence Bruce (Wanda) of Derby; four grandchildren, whom he loved very much, Amy Locklear, his only precious granddaughter (Matthew) of Rockingham, Jamie, who he called “The Teacher” of Hamlet, Dr. John Bream, whom he bragged to everyone about, of Charlotte and Jason Bruce of Rockingham; he was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Marissa, Noleigh and Evelyn Ruby Locklear; and his Best Canine buddy for the last fourteen years, BB.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Richmond County Humane Society or Richmond County Hospice, 1119 Hwy 1 N., Rockingham, NC 28379
The Family wishes to thank Richmond County Hospice, especially Lori, Beverly, Sinatras and Audrey for the loving care they took of Dad. You are true angels walking on earth.
Harrington Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bruce family.
Online condolences may be made @www.harringtonfuneralhome.com