Bruce Bland

Bruce Lavelle Bland

August 30, 1925 - June 1, 2021
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Bruce Lavelle Bland, 95, of Midlothian, TX passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 in the Methodist Mansfield hospital.
Bruce was born in Mabank to Bud and Myrtle Vanderford Bland on August 30, 1925. Shortly after graduation from Mabank High School in 1942, he joined the Army reserves and became active duty in 1943 serving until 1949. In 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force serving until 1952.
After returning to Grand Prairie, Bruce met Hazel Rodgers and two married in 1954 and later welcomed their son, Ronald Bruce Bland.
Bruce worked for Texas and Pacific Railroad, Ford Motor Company, Philco Ford, and Texstar Plastics as an accountant, as well as a sports reporter at the Grand Prairie News. Upon retirement, Bruce and Hazel volunteered as “Bear Hunters” for Baylor University and began recruiting for the university at local high schools. Despite having never attended Baylor, Bruce had a deep love for the university and great pride that his grandchildren will both soon be Baylor Alumni.
As an adult, he served for 12 years on the Grand Prairie ISD Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1983 and was also President of the North Texas Association of School Boards. He was also active in PTAs and coached youth basketball and baseball. Most importantly to Bruce, he served his church family. He became a deacon at First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie in 1968. He taught many groups over the years, including youth, college & career, singles and adults, and volunteered as the adult coordinator for over 20 years. Bruce moved to Midlothian in 2011 to be closer to his grandkids and again became active in the church and community. He was a member of the Explorers group, a deacon, and a regular attender at FBC Midlothian.
For most of his time in Midlothian, you could find Bruce at the local Whataburger or Caroline’s Country Café until it was time to pick up his grandchildren from school. Bruce never met a stranger and will be remembered for his love for the church, his family, Baylor, and sports. He was very active in the lives of his grandchildren and if you spent any amount of time with him, you would quickly hear how proud Bruce was of the kid’s latest accomplishments. He lived a long, productive, and happy life and his family is comforted knowing that he was welcomed into his eternal home in Heaven, earlier this week.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents: Bud and Myrtle Bland, his brother and sister: Glenn Bland and Enone Palmer, and his wife: Hazel Rogers Bland. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Ron and Chantel Bland, granddaughter: Samantha Bland, grandson: Christopher Bland, niece and her husband: Jo and Vince Freese, and great nephew and his wife: Blake and Laura Freese, along with many other extended family members and friends.
The funeral service for Bruce will take place at FBC Midlothian on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 10:00 AM. The burial will be in Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 6, 2021, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, in the FBC Midlothian Chapel. Please come join us in celebrating Bruce’s life.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Explorers at FBC Midlothian.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday June 6th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday June 6th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    First Baptist Church of Midlothian (FBC)
    Address Not Available
  • Service

    Monday June 7th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Monday June 7th, 2021 10:00am
    First Baptist Church of Midlothian (FBC)
    1651 S Midlothian Pkwy
    Midlothian, Texas 76065
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  • Interment

    Tuesday June 8th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday June 8th, 2021 11:00am
    Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens
    3001 S Belt Line Rd
    Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Mark Maxwell

Posted at 04:25am
Sorry for your loss

Sandra Hale

Posted at 02:58am
The Elaine Hale and family wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Ron Bland and family. We have know the Blands for many many years and never had anything but respect and love for you all. The Blands were the most loving and caring family in Grand Prairie. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

Love, the Kosters

Posted at 05:15am
In the name of Bruce, we will miss your kindness. Our condolences to Ron, Chantel, Samantha and Christopher.
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Robert Gentry

Posted at 03:08pm
Bruce was a kind and gentle soul, always had words of encouragement and was a joy to know. My prayers go out to the family.


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