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Neville Monroe Brehm, 91, formerly of Poteau, passed away peacefully in his home in Tulsa on Dec. 5, 2011. He was born in Poteau, on April 4, 1920, to Homer and Jeannette (Hamilton) Brehm. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Marjorie Brehm, and his daughter, Beverly Ann Hesser, of Poteau.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Oma Wright Brehm, whom he married on Jan. 12, 2007; two daughters, Susan Cowden and husband, Jarrett, of Santa Fe, N.M., and Mary Kay Higginbotham and husband, Keith, of Madison, Miss., and son-in-law, Dr. Ron Hesser and wife, Janice, of Poteau. Neville is also survived by seven grandchildren and their spouses: Jill and Matt Epperson, Katy, Texas; Hillary and Steven Grantham, Oklahoma City; Curtis and Katie Hesser, Bixby; Robyn and Adam Beauchamp, Enid; Dru and Daryn Bridwell, Tulsa; Cody and Piper Bridwell, Oklahoma City; and Bekky and Juan Salazar, Jenks, Fourteen great-grandchildren include Erin Kate Epperson, Jarrett Luke Epperson, Macy Joe Beauchamp, Jackie Blaine Beauchamp, Caden Jon Bridwell, Camryn Lloyd Bridwell, Legend Carter Bridwell, Temple Price Bridwell, Elizabeth Ann Grantham, Allison Ray Grantham, Bailey Nelson Grantham, Kyle Brehm Hesser, Carlie Jean Hesser, and Kristen Ann Hesser. Nephews include Greg and Donna Price, Jones, and Kevin and Shawna Price, Oklahoma City. Neville is also survived by his wife Omaâ€™s children and spouses, Richard and Sonnie Wright, McKinney, Texas; and Donna and Brant Doell, Tulsa.
Neville graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore in 1937. He attended Oklahoma A&M, and the University of Oklahoma, then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WW II, where he was stationed in India for four years. Following his discharge in 1945, he and Marjorie lived in Oklahoma City until moving to Poteau in 1953. He was the owner of Poteau Steam Laundry and Cleaners. The last 10 years before retiring, he headed Poteauâ€™s Oklahoma Employment Agency. He was very active in Poteau community affairs and organizations. He was named Poteau Citizen of the Year and Poteau Junior Businessman of the Year and served as President of the Poteau School Board, AARP, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club (receiving Rotaryâ€™s highest award, the Paul Harris Fellow Award), Poteau Chamber of Commerce, and Eastern Oklahoma Historical Society. His real passion in life was always his church, First Christian Church, Poteau, where he served on most committees, and was an Elder for years. Upon his death, he was a member of Northside Christian Church in Broken Arrow.
Neville will long be remembered for his generosity, a friend to everyone, winning smile, his caring concern and serving spirit, and love of his family and God. Nevilleâ€™s pride and joy were his three daughters, known as the â€śBrehm Girls.â€ť He will forever be present in their hearts.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 160, Poteau, OK 74953
A â€śCelebration of Lifeâ€ť Service will be held at Northside Christian Church, 1221 North Elm Place, Broken Arrow, at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with Rev. Rob Brust and Rev. Ron Hesser officiating.
Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau. Burial sservice will be at 1 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, with Rev. Ron Hesser officiating. Family and friends are welcome to attend.
Online messages may be left at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
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