Marion Edward "Brub" Withers Sr., 89, Brazil, died Dec. 25, 2008, at 2:15 p.m., at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, following a recent battle with leukemia.
He was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Knightsville, one of six children of Charles and Molly Britton Withers. He graduated from Van Buren High School, Class of 1939. Following high school, he worked for a time on the railroad and then later, in 1942, he entered the U.S. Army. Brub served in the Army for three years. During that time he was in the European Theater and worked on the railroad. His unit brought supplies to General Patton's Army.
In May 1957 he married Elizabeth Nagy Withers. She preceded him in death in October 1991.
Upon his discharge, Brub returned to Clay County, first working in Schepler's Cleaners, then Arketex, before returning to the railroad. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, later known as Conrail. He retired as a conductor in 1980.
He was a member of UTU-the Railroad Union, a past member of the I.O.O.F, Brazil Chapter, and was a life member of the VFW. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Brub was known to be a sports "fanatic" and a life-long Chicago Cubs fan. He also enjoyed traveling and was also known for his patriotism.
Survivors include his wife Helen Cox Withers, whom he married June 30, 2003. They had known one another as teenagers and had reunited and then married, his son Marion Edward Withers Jr. and Pam Stearley, Brazil, step-children Joseph Smith and wife Carolyn, Westphalia, Ind., Louis Smith and wife Mary Frances, Aurora, Colo., Margaret Churchill and husband Michael, Brazil, Deloris Welch and husband William, Terre Haute, Bill Wilkinson and Jim Wilkinson, both of Terre Haute, and Sherry Curry and husband Keith, Blandford, Ind., many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many generations of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beth Withers, brother Charles Withers, sister Ester Withers, three infant siblings and step-son Charles E. Smith.
Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at 2 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday prior to services from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the First United Church Caring Ministry. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Post a heart of condolence at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.