"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"
Marcus Tullius Cicero


Richard Allen Brunson

Richard Allen Brunson

MARCH 30, 1937 - JULY 22, 2021


Richard Allen Brunson (better known as “Poorboy”) was born on March 30, 1937 in Hartsville, South Carolina to the late Crawford Brunson and Lucille Rodie Campbell Brunson.

As a child, he was brought up through the Hartsville school system until high school; then moved to Paterson, New Jersey in 1955. He loved to fish; and often went out with family and friends to partake in his favorite pastime. 

Richard worked at Fisher Scientific Co. in Fairlawn, New Jersey for 40 years. He was a member of St. Luke Baptist Church in Paterson until he relocated to Burlington, New Jersey in 1999, where you could often find him down by the river with his crew.

Richard met and married his loving wife of 62 years, Sophie Brunson, and she has supported her husband from then until he took his last breath on July 22, 2021. Together, they raised two sons, Eric D. Brunson of Bedford, Texas and Richard J. Brunson (Tiesha) of Burlington, New Jersey, and a daughter, Jessica J. Brunson of Burlington, New Jersey.

Preceding him in death are three daughters—Deloris Stuckey, Regina Brunson, and Sonia Dickson.

He is survived by 12 grandchildren—Tamara Stuckey, Alwin Dickson, Adrienne Stuckey, Amber Dickson, Deirdre Briggs, Quincey Brunson, Nandi Brunson, Naima Brunson, Nia Brunson, Naomi Brunson, Nuri Brunson, and Noa Brunson; five great-grandchildren—Mikayla Jendayi, Amaya Brunson, Aliyah Brunson, Dallas Hicks, and Nova Dickson ; a loving goddaughter, Terneice Brown; and, a host of cousins and friends.

Richard will be honored in a celebration of life on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 11am-12pm.



I’m Free


Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God laid for me

I took his hand when I heard Him call

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day.

To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void, 

Then fill it up with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Oh, yes these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much.

Loving family, good friends, good times,

a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,

God wanted me now, He set me free!




Richard Allen Brunson

Sunrise: March 30, 1937

Sunset: July 22, 2021

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