SHREVEPORT, LA- Mr. Ben Broome passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2002, due to complications of Alzheimers. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Osborn Funeral Home. Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2002, at Forest Park Cemetery. Officiating will be Dr. John Charles Murphy. Mr. Broome spent the first half of his life in Augusta, GA. He attended the University of Georgia where he was the president of Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity. He left school to enlist in the Army Air Corp at the start of World War II. He became a flight instructor, Commander of Ferry Operations, was type rated in 52 different airplanes and as a major earned the Soldiers Medal for bravery after a daring rescue of a fellow pilot. In Augusta, GA, he and his brother, Jerome, owned a farm equipment company. Ben was an avid golfer and as a member of the Augusta Country Club, he won the Club Championship. In 1957, he moved to Panola, Texas, where he took over the family farm, raising cattle and cotton. He joined the Shreveport Country Club and eventually became their Club Champion in Golf just as he had done in Augusta. He also was a member of Southern Trace Country Club. Mr. Broome was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. John C. Broome; his wife of 52 years, Beth H. Broome; as well as his brothers, Jerome, Hugh, John and Buddy; and his sisters, Gladys, Mary and Ab. He is survived by one sister, Victoria Daniel; daughter, Sally Fleming and husband, Michael Fleming, M.D.; son, Thomas Broome and wife, Carolyn; two granddaughters, Claudia Feaster and Brandy Fleming; eight grandsons who will serve as pallbearers, Tommy Crouch, Michael Crouch, Matthew Fleming, Cody Broome, Casey Broome, Carson Broome, Christopher Phillips and Cassidy Phillips; four great-grandchildren, Harrison, Blaine, Thomas and Andrew. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Paul Winder, Sterling Bignor, Dr. Jack Pugh, Bill Rudd and Nick Wheeless. Special thanks go out to his sitters who gave him loving care, Melbaly Robinson, Marjorie Bull, Kate Harris and Bob Arnold. Donations may be sent to charity of donors choice.
The Augusta Chronicle August 6, 2002