ROY MELVIN BRUCE, 87, was born Oct. 7, 1911 in Mason,
TX. After graduation from Ranger High School in 1931
at Ranger, TX, he moved to Big Spring in 1933. During
his schooling he played end on the football team & was
class vice-president all four years. He married Maxine
Fuller in March of 1944, in Columbus, KS. He died
Jan. 25, 1999, at Big Spring & was buried at Resthaven
Cemetery in Brady, TX.
He served in the Army Signal Corps during WWII in Europe
and in Okinawa in the Pacific. When he was discharged
after the war he had attained the rank of Fist Lieutenant.
He was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He returned to
Big Spring where he went into business for himself,
operating a Texaco and later a Phillips 66 gasoline
station. He also operated a garage & Hertz car rental.
He worked in the installment loan department of the
First National Bank at Big Spring for eight years.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Staked
Plains Lodge 598, A.F. and A.M., and order of the Eastern
At the time of his death, he is survived by his wife,
Maxine Bruce of Big Spring, three sisters, Doreen
Patterson (RHS-1942) & Maude Campbell (RHS-1931), both
of Brady, and Mary Arrendale of Austin and a number of
nieces and nephews. Another sister was Willa Bruce