Carroll R. "Bo" Brumit
RMC, USN, Ret.
Chief Petty Officer Carroll R. "Bo" Brumit, U. S. Navy (Retired) passed away peacefully, surrounded by close family members, at the Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center on February 17, 2013 following a long illness. He was 73 years of age.
Chief Brumit began his naval career in 1956 serving as a crew member and "plank owner" on the USS Ranger CVA 61. Following assignments took him to the USS Boxer LPH 4; shore duty at Karamursel, Turkey; Naval Communications Station (NCS) Balboa, Canal Zone; NCS, Norfolk, VA; NCS, Sidi Yahia, Morocco; modernization and sea duty aboard the USS Luce DLG 7; Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, DC; NCS, Washington, DC; and Defense Communications Agency (DCA) Washington, DC. He retired from active naval service in 1975. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his leadership skills and devotion to duty during the Anti-Air War Fare modernization of the USS Luce DLG 7. Other decorations include the Navy Good Conduct Medal (sixth award) and the National Defense Medal.
Following his retirement from the Navy, "Bo" was a Vocational/Technical (VoTech) instructor at Sullivan East High School and entered the insurance business. He founded the Bo Brumit Insurance Agency, initially in Nashville, TN. He later moved the office to Piney Flats, TN and operated a successful business there, along with his wife and co-owner, Marie Brumit.
Family members include his widow, Marie Brumit; one sister Betty J. Bowers of Jonesborough, TN; one brother, Edward H. Brumit and his wife Josephine of Crofton, MD; one pre-deceased daughter, Connie; daughter Cherie Woodard of Bell Buckle, TN; and two other living children, a son, Phillip and a daughter, Annette. Survivors also include two step-sons, a niece and nephews along with ten grandchildren.
Chief Brumit was a member of the Piney Flats Methodist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason as a member of the M. M. Martin Lodge # 547, Piney Flats, TN and a Shriner. Other memberships include the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (NCVA); and the Veterans of Underage Military Service (VUMS).
The family received visitors at the Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City, TN from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, February 21, 2013 or at the residence at anytime, followed by a funeral service at 7:00 PM conducted by Rev. Scott Brady of Piney Flats Methodist Church, officiating. Graveside services with military honors by U.S. Naval Honor Guard and Boone Dam VFW Post #4933, was conducted at 11:30 AM at the Mountain Home Veterans Cemetery, Johnson City, TN on Friday, February 22, 2013. Mourners gathered at 10:30 AM on Friday at the Funeral Home for a procession to the cemetery. Honorary escort was provided by members of Rolling Thunder, Tennessee Chapter 4 of which "Bo" was a member. Pall bearers were members of the Rolling Thunder and in accordance with his last wishes, his grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Carter County Humane Society, P. O. Box 134 Elizabethton, TN 37643 in the memory of "Bo" and in support of their efforts to build a "no kill" retirement home for unwanted dogs.
May Chief Brumit rest in peace!
Information Provided by RMCS Mark Anton, USN, Ret. as obtained from the Tetrick Funeral Home website in Bluff City, Tn.