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Harry R. Brizendine
(September 25, 1920 - December 8, 2008)


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Harry R. Brizendine

U.S. Veteran

Harry Russell Brizendine, 88, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008 at St. Mary’s Health Center, Jefferson City, MO. He was born on September 25, 1920 three miles north of California, MO to Allie and Virginia Medlen Brizendine who preceded him in death. He was married on February 7, 1948 in California, MO to Nora Hebel who survives of the home. He was an auto mechanic in California for 30 years. Harry worked for Putnam Chevrolet and Todd-Hogge Ford. He owned and operated Harry’s Motor Service from 1963 to 1975. He also drove a school bus for Moniteau County R-1 School District for 25 years. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II serving with the 20th armored division as a light tank driver in Europe. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 4345 in California, MO where he served as a commander four times. Harry and his wife delivered meals on wheels at the local nutrition center. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in California, MO where he served as a deacon, was a Sunday School Teacher, and a Royal Ambassador Leader. Other Survivors include: two sons, Larry Brizendine and his wife Sharon of Jefferson City, MO and Ronald Brizendine and his wife Janice of Taos, MO; two daughters, Harriet Witherbee and her husband Ken of Florissant, MO and Tracy Rhodes and her husband Scott of Nixa, MO; eight grandchildren, Heather Gamble and her husband John, Christopher Brizendine and his wife Rachel, Matthew Brizendine, Kelly, Stacey, and Kyle Witherbee, Britain and Whitney Rhodes; four great grandchildren, Caleb, Jackson, and Issac Gamble, and Addison Brizendine; and one brother, Floyd Brizendine of Austin, Texas. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Junior and Glen Brizendine; and a half-sister, Dora Dietzel. Funeral services will be Friday, December 12, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at First Baptist Church, California, MO. Officiating will be Rev. Greg Morrow. Burial will be in California City Cemetery in California, MO with full military honors. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, California, MO. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 208 South Oak Street, California, MO 65018. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services.

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