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Official Obituary of

Michael R. Brunson, Sr.

May 17, 1960 ~ April 1, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old

Michael R. Brunson, Sr. Obituary

Michael Roger Brunson, Sr. was born on May 17, 1960, in Tachikawa, Japan. He was the beloved son of Ramsey Brunson, Jr., and the late Georgia Mae Jones Brunson. He departed this life to be with the Lord on Monday, April 1, 2024.

He found Christ at an early age and lived a life guided by faith. Michael spent his early years traveling around the world with his parents and siblings as a military brat. As a young child, Michael was an enthusiastic athlete. He excelled in baseball, track and field, and basketball. His passion and skill in sports earned him numerous awards and recognition throughout his high school years. Alongside his love for sports, Michael developed a deep appreciation for music. From a young age, he could be seen walking around with records, and he later passed on his love for music to his children. Rhythm and blues and gospel were his favorite genres, and music remained a therapeutic pastime throughout his life. He enjoyed DJing and teaching his cousins how to dance and sharing his passion for music across all eras.

Michael was affectionately known as Mikey, PaPa, and Grandaddy. He was educated in the public schools of Washington, DC and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in the class of 1977. After completing high school a year early, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he continued to play basketball and served his country with distinction for 17 years until his retirement in 1994. His military career took him to various locations including Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Fort Meade, Maryland; Giessen, Germany; and Fort Knox, Kentucky. While in the military, he met the love of his life Gwendolyn Palmore Williams, and they were united in Holy Matrimony on July 21, 1980. Together they raised four children, Corey, Michael, Taurean, and LaTisha. Michael was a devoted husband and father who took great pride in providing for and protecting his family. He believed in the importance of love and always ensured that visiting children were well-fed in his home. Known for his wisdom and discernment, Michael was selective in his relationships, valuing quality over quantity. He was quiet and reserved, but also chatty and engaging with those he chose to be close to. His kindness and directness made him a respected and beloved figure among his family and friends.

After retiring from the Army, he continued to serve his country as a civilian employee at the Captains Career Course-DHR for the last 20 years. He was passionate about his work and dedicated to helping soldiers succeed. His colleagues admired his commitment, subtle humor, and engaging conversations about news and sports. Michael’s devotion to the well-being and success of the soldiers he worked with was truly admirable. In his leisure time, he enjoyed looking good and indulged in his love for luxury cars, particularly drop-tops. He enjoyed evening rides cruising with the top down and his music playing loudly. His favorite cd was “Through God’s Eyes” by Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Choir. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and bringing them pizza and donuts. They each had a special place in his heart.

Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn Brunson; his son, Michael Brunson, Jr.; his mother, Georgia Mae Brunson; and his brother, Tony Brunson.

Those who will cherish Michael’s fond and precious memories are his children, Corey (Sonovia) Williams, Taurean Brunson, and LaTisha (Brandon) Cunningham; five grandchildren: Kinslee, Keston, Ta’Jeanna, Jayla, JaCori; his father, Ramsey (Jewel) Brunson, Jr.; two sisters, Georgette (Michael) Coleman and Sheila Brunson; sister in law, Denise Starks; three brothers-in-law, Bernard Palmore, Barry (Michelle) Palmore, and Stanley (Jacqueline) Williams; three aunts, Theresa Scales, Annie Lee Williams, and Elizabeth (Eddie) Childs; three Godsons, Jaspen, Daylin, and Llandyn; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom loved him and will dearly miss him.

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Public Viewing
April 11, 2024

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home of Columbia
2930 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Funeral Service
April 12, 2024

11:00 AM
Oak Grove Baptist Church
1063 Old Two Notch Road
Elgin, SC 29045

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April 17, 2024

12:00 PM
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229


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