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Brian Shawn Thornbrue

August 24, 1963 — September 26, 2021

Viewing will be from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Wednesday and 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday.    Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 1, 2021 at Sharon Baptist Church with burial to follow at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker.

Brian Shawn Thornbrue (Esquire as he always said) was brought into this world on August 24, 1963. He was born in Edmond, Oklahoma. His parents, Elmo (do NOT call him Franklin) and Barbara Thornbrue (who preceded him in death), brought him home to complete their family, he was every bit the baby brother to siblings Tony Thornbrue and wife Nancy of Hensley, Arkansas; Keith Thornbrue and wife Pattsi of Guthrie, Oklahoma; and Pam Bell and husband Mitch of Konawa, Oklahoma. Brian was all boy, he loved the outdoors and he loved animals, except for a certain plastic bear with a smashed face that we aren’t supposed to talk about… oh wait… Moving on. At the age of 13 he found a passion for playing the drums, and even though their eardrums may have been protesting, his parents encouraged his new passion. At the age of 14 his drum teacher released him out into the world because there was nothing else he could teach him.


Brian became an Uncle at a young age and loved each and every one of his nieces and nephews dearly. 


Brian graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1981. For several years he traveled, playing music with Black Mountain Band. He stopped traveling and started playing with a local band, The Bob Miller Band, not to be confused with the Steve Miller Band, which is where he first met Lori. He had a shirt on that said “If I promise to miss you will you please just go away?”, Lori laughed as soon as she saw it and it was love at first laugh. They were married in 1991 and blended their two families together, Shelby Harjo and husband Michael of Meridian, Oklahoma; Adam Monroe and wife Paula of Prague, Oklahoma; Eric Thornbrue of Meridian, Oklahoma; the late Aaron Thornbrue; and Amanda Money and husband Steve of Meeker, Oklahoma. 


Surprisingly, and against the norm, Brian really liked his in laws and enjoyed spending time with Louis and Janet Bass and Marilyn Jackson. 


They both shared a love of packing all their belongings, moving to another house, and unpacking them all over again because they moved 9 times over the course of their 30 year marriage, including a move to Colorado and later back to Oklahoma. Their marriage was not perfect, but they always found a way to laugh their way through the hard times and face any obstacle head on together. 


The biggest blessing this side of heaven for Brian was when he was promoted to Grandpa by Tyler, Mika, Aidan, Caleb, and Gabe. He loved his grandchildren more than words can say.  


If you knew Brian you knew how much he loved to make people laugh. You couldn’t be around him without laughing so hard your sides hurt. He knew how to tell a good story and would keep you on the edge of your seat with any tale he chose, even if it was a tale of his trip to the store.


Brian was born again on April 23, 2013. He loved Jesus more than anything and wanted everyone he knew to love Jesus just as much. Before he went home to his Savior, he heard his grandkids telling him they loved him along with his kids and his beloved wife, and he heard his favorite praise music. He went from the arms of his best friend into the arms of his Jesus. 


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