Joe E. Brumbelow (AD 1930-2002) was pastor of First
Baptist Church, Dawson, Texas from 1976 - 1979.
A book has been written about him: The Wit and Wisdom of
Pastor Joe Brumbelow: Favorite illustrations, personal stories,
humor, history, folklore, and lessons learned from over 50 years
in the ministry by his son David R. Brumbelow, Hannibal
Books, Garland, TX; 2005. Several of these stories refer to
Dawson and Navarro County.
Wit and Wisdom contains short stories about hunting,
fishing, gardening, history, outhouses, humor, as well as family
and spiritual matters. It has been endorsed by leaders such as
Ed Young, Houston; Paige Patterson, SWBTS President, Ft. Worth;
Adrian Rogers, Memphis, TN; and Franklin Atkinson of ETBU,
Brother Joe (as he was usually called) had a good ministry in
Dawson, enjoying the people and the country. He had moved there
from a city church in Houston. Brother Joe loved the people,
preached the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, and baptized
over 40 people his first year in Dawson. He preached of the love
of God, and forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life through
faith in Jesus Christ. Joe often used interesting stories and
humor to illustrate his biblical sermons.
He enjoyed dove and quail hunting, and bass fishing in the
area tanks (ponds & lakes). He gardened and raised a calf or two
for the freezer. Mrs. Joe (Bonnie) Brumbelow taught Sunday
School, sang, and was known for her good cooking. She was often
asked to sing at funerals. Bonnie now lives in Lake Jackson, TX
and has a best selling cookbook of her personal recipes.
A few of the Dawson folks I remember (mostly members of First
Baptist) during that time include Don & Betty Mitcham and
daughters Donna and Kristy, retired pastor W. O. Estes, Dan &
Ann Griffin and daughters Amy and Anna, Richard Newell, The
Nesmiths, Hershel Montgomery, Mike McReynolds, Jack Sykes,
Bertha Pate, the Spruiells, Bill & Junell Moore, and the
Matthews. Several of these folks are mentioned in Wit and
Guest preachers at Dawson during that time included: Dan
Vestal, Sr. (evangelist), Lester Roloff (evangelist), Titus
Olawafamee (preacher from Africa), Anis Shorrosh (Arab Baptist
evangelist), Hendricks Maxwell (Houston pastor), and O. O. Ervin
(South Padre Island pastor). Don Mitcham was the song leader at
Dawson and I remember Evangelist Sam Craig leading the music for
a revival. The Mitcham and Griffin girls often sang together for
Brother Joe and his wife Bonnie (Galyean) had three sons:
Stephen, David, and Mark. Steve was grown, married to Nelda, and
never lived in Dawson. He was pastor in West Virginia in the
late 1970s, and is now an evangelist and owner of Amish Home
Furnishings in Old Town Spring, TX.
David, while in Dawson, attended Navarro College, Corsicana
in 1976-77. He later graduated from ETBU and SWBTS and is now
pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Highlands, TX. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing, and trapping in the Dawson area.
Mark Brumbelow lived in Dawson with his parents and later
moved back to Dawson and lived there from about 1981-1987
working at the Mexia State School and also as a taxidermist and
carpenter. He married Cherry in 1982 and they have three boys:
Daniel, Micah, and Jeremiah. They now live in Brazoria, TX. Mark
graduated from Dawson High School in 1979.
Joe Brumbelow’s dad, E. P. (Bud) Brumbelow (1881-1975), as a
young man lived in the Blooming Grove area of Navarro County in
the late 1800s.
In addition to Dawson, Joe Brumbelow was pastor in Old Ocean,
Clegg, Cypress, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas * USA. He
grew up in Damon, TX and graduated from the University of Corpus
Christi (UCC) in 1955.
The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow is available
800/747-0738 (ISBN 0-929292-62-6) $12.95; 12 or more $7.77 each.
Autographed copies at the same price from David Brumbelow,
P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 * USA. 281/705-3433 or
(The Brumbelows can also be reached at this address)
“From a barefoot boy causing mischief in Damon, Texas to a
preacher of the Gospel”
Quotes about The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow:
“You will enjoy this book. Some of the funniest stories you
will ever read are contained in the pages of this volume. As I
read these stories I laughed and you will laugh, too. You will
laugh out loud…” -Foreword by Dr. John A. Hatch, Pastor,
First Baptist Church, Lake Jackson, TX.
“His sense of humor was contagious and his seriousness about
the things that really counted was remarkable.” -Jimmy
Draper, President, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville,
“I laughed, I wept, I praised God repeatedly in its reading.
I think you will too!…This is the kind of book you can sit down
and read from ‘kiver to kiver’ (and many will, too engrossed to
put it down), but at the same time it is the kind you can read a
little, quit, pick it up later and not miss a beat. Or you could
pick it up and start reading any place: front, back or middle.
We heartily recommend it!” -Dr. R. L. Sumner,
The Biblical Evangelist, NC.
“Delightful reading of this book will refresh, teach, and
inspire God’s people. -Franklin Atkinson, Th.D., longtime
Bible professor at East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, TX.
“You will enjoy the warmth and emotion that permeate the
pages.” -H. Edwin Young, Pastor, Second Baptist Church,
Dear David, Thank you, my friend, for the finished product -
The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow. I spent much
time this morning reading, smiling, amening, and just nodding my
head. It is a beautiful book, easy to read, and full of genuine
spiritual wisdom. God is love. Jesus is wonderful. In His Dear
Name. -Adrian Rogers, Memphis, TN. June 21, 2005
“It is absolutely beautiful. It came out much better than I
ever imagined... Already it has been a source of illustrations
for me.” -Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern
Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX.
Referring to how she laughed, “This book is better than going
to a psychologist!” - Esther Cline, DeLand, Florida.
(Submitted by David R. Brumbelow, November 13, 2006)
This will be written for the generation to
come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.