Remembering John Herbert Bromley, Jr.

Graveside services for John Herbert “Jughead” Bromley, Jr. will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Pineville, under the direction of Hixson Brothers, Pineville. He will be buried along side of his father, mother, paternal grandmother and sister.

The family requests viewing and visitation on Tuesday, March 16, 2023 at Hixson Brothers in Pineville from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with burial immediately afterwards.

Mr. Bromley, 72, of Alexandria passed from this life, Thursday, May 11, 2023 at his residence. On April 21, 2020, John was airlifted from Christus Rehab to Ochsner Stoke Unit, New Orleans, with a left cerebral occlusion. He bravely recovered from the stroke against all odds; however, he lost his ability to use his right side, speak, swallow, or sit. He was bedridden but kept his spirits high with his unique personality and loving care. John could easily communicate his needs and how he felt through the use of his eyes. Cause of death was heart failure.

John was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for the majority of his first 18 years. During his membership in the Cherub choir, at the age of 6, he was chosen to play the chimes during one of the combined choir Christmas music programs. He played his part proudly in his choir robe and cowboy boots and was known as “The Littlest Angel”. He felt so lucky because his picture was put in the paper! He kept his copy of the article framed with it becoming a part of his special things along with his father’s bible and his Army National Guard picture.

John was a proud member of the Army National for 6 years from 1970 to 1976, as well as a Union Pacific Railroad Engineer who retired after 42 years of service; he was a proud and loyal teamster of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Local 915. John had a great love for animals, especially his Great Dane, Duke, and his Belgian Malinois mix, Abby. Thank you, Montgomery Animal Clinic for always understanding.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Herbert Bromley, Sr. of Beaumont, TX and Juanice Barron Bromley, of Alexandria, LA, and his sister, Roberta Bromley Witty of Maringouin.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marsha Bromley, of Alexandria; step-son, Scotty Hawkins, wife Laura and step-granddaughter, Sydney; sons, John Bromley III, Alan O. Bromley, Matthew Bromley, Nathan Bromley all of Pineville; brother-in-law, Donald Witty; niece, Tracy Witty; nephew, Donald G. Witty, Jr., all of Maringouin, and cousin, Harvey Barron of Rapides Station; and a host of other family members, friends, and his Union Pacific Railroad family whom he loved dearly.

Special thanks go out to those who cared for John in the Emergency Room and 2N Cardiac Unit, especially Carolyn, at Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital where he was a frequent patient; Cabrini Home Health and and his Aide, Lillian and R.N., Lisa, whose father, too, was part of the railroad family; Amedisys Home Health and his R.N., Toni; and last, but not least, EVERYONE at Stillwater Hospice who were able to keep John’s spirits high and provide the best care possible for his last nine months. Extra special thanks goes out to his Nursing Assistant, Evelyn Sampson who has cared for him with both Amedisys and Stillwater, and his R.N., Jennifer Grainger, and LPN, Rhonda. John loved them all as if they were family. Also, special thanks to Melany Whiddon of Alexandria and Glenda Alston of Pollock for sitting with him on so many occasions; Katharine Geary and Stacy … God bless you! Thanks to Greenwood for your miracle and if anyone was overlooked, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.