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Claude Lee Brunson

April 11, 1952 - October 1, 2019

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A memorial service for Claude Lee Brunson, 67, of Heflin, will be held at Bistineau Baptist Church, 195 Bistineau Church Rd., Heflin, Louisiana on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to fellowship with family and share memories of Claude before, after, or during the service.

Claude was born on April 11, 1952 in Ringgold, Louisiana and passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in Bossier City, Louisiana. He was the son of Walter Claudis Brunson and Lillie Clarene Brunson Talton (nee Killingworth), of Minden. He is survived by his mother; his daughter, Lee Ellen Brunson-Sicilia, and husband Shawn of Bossier City; and his brother, Walter Lynn Brunson and wife, Peggy, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, as well as other extended family. He was preceded in death by his father; his nephew, Clay Brunson, and his stepfather, Albert Talton.

Claude graduated from Heflin High School in 1970. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Louisiana College in Pineville. After a career as an inspector for the federal government, he retired from the Food and Drug Administration in 2010.

Claude enjoyed spending as much time as he could outside, whether he was gardening or tending to fruit trees or caring for his animals, which were truly his first love. If you asked him whether he preferred animals over people, his answer would likely not be a surprise. He had a life-long passion for raising and showing dairy cattle, which few people could understand. But just like anyone who is passionate about something, he did it anyway.

Another of Claude’s favorite things was good food, whether he was cooking it or eating it or just talking about it. Claude was an excellent cook and was quite impressively able to recall the details of every delicious meal he had ever eaten. Although he would gladly share his recipes, nothing tasted quite as good as it did when he cooked it. We may never have another truly delicious butter roll or pan of dressing now that he has left us.

For anyone interested in giving it a shot, here is his Old Fashioned Butter Roll recipe. He would be thrilled for you to have it!

2 cups plain flour

½ tsp. salt

4 Tbsp shortening

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

2 sticks butter (or 1 stick butter and 1 stick oleo), softened

3 cups sugar

1 quart milk

1 tsp vanilla


Mix flour, salt, shortening, baking powder, baking soda and buttermilk to make dough.  Divide into three equal portions.  Roll out each portion very thin into a large circle, fixing one portion at a time.  Cream butter with 2 cups of sugar and vanilla.  Spread 1/3 of mixture over dough.  Lift one edge of dough and roll into a roll.  Seal the ends of the roll by crimping and place (seam-side down) in an 8×11 inch pan.  Prepare the other two portions of dough in the same way.  Bake rolls until done at 450 degrees, like baking biscuits (firm to the touch and lightly browned).  Meanwhile, heat 1 cup of sugar with 1 quart of milk until boiling.  Pour over rolls when they are done.  Return to the oven and bake at 350 degrees until rolls are browned on top and part of the liquid is absorbed.

Claude will be remembered for his quirky sense of humor and colorful story-telling abilities. He was a wonderfully caring father and friend, and he will be missed beyond measure. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”—Thomas Campbell

If you wish to honor Claude, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to your local Humane Society, or to an animal welfare organization of your choosing.


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