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Rev. John Lee Bruce


BIRTH 11 JUL 1864 • Boston, Halifax, Virginia, USA

DEATH 1 JUL 1928 • White Plains, Westchester, New York, USA

Son of  Thomas p. Bruce and Hannah P. Young

Married:  Dec. 1891 • Brazil

Fredonia A. Moore


BIRTH 1 SEP 1857 • Rankin, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

DEATH 28 JUL 1939 • White Plains, Westchester,

New York, USA

Daughter of  Joseph Hardy Moore and Mary A. Joiner






Reverend John Lee Bruce

By E. H. Rawlinson



Brother Bruce was born at South Boston, July 11, 1864. His parents were Thomas and Harriet Bruce. And in young manhood he was converted and soon there-after entered Randolph-Macon College, graduating in 1887.  From there he went to Vanderbilt University, where he completed the course in theology, and while at Vanderbilt he dedicated his life to foreign work.


It was my privilege to know brother Bruce intermittently, but rather intimately, over a largeperiod of his useful life, beginning when we were together as students in Randolph-Macon College. One thought, instantly, the sincerity of his spirit as a freshman college lad, the earnestness of his student purpose and the rugged integrity of his character in classroom and in all the highways and byways of college life, and at the end of the four years, rejoice in the good testimony he left behind among students and teachers. From Randolph Macon he went, great obstacles confronting him, to Vanderbilt University. Here we were thrown again intimately together, for one year rooming together in the latter institution. In Vanderbilt he left the impression of courage, studiousness to the point of scholarly learnedness, and an unflinching loyalty to duty.


At the close of his training in the seminary, the call came from Bishop Wilson for a man to go to Brazil. Nobody had thought of Bruce as a volunteer or candidate for Foreign Service. He had not been to a great volunteer conventions, sign any card, as was the custom in those days, and had made, certainly, no parade of his interest in foreign service. And yet, we were not greatly surprised at his offer to go.  We felt it was just like him quietly, without much conferring with the flesh and blood, but properly and resolutely to write to Bishop Wilson and answer the call of his church, which was to him as the call of his Lord.


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Quietly in his sleep, during the early hours of Sunday, July 1st, the spirit of John Lee Bruce slipped away from his frail body. His going with not unexpected, as for several months he had been confined in his bed, and he had longed for the end.  His last days were spent in White Plains, New York, surrounded by his devoted wife and four children to care for him.

Today, it is not for a wonderful, or a very unusual thing, when a student- preacher offers and sails for foreign Mission service. Times have changed, the ends of the earth or not so far away, and conditions abroad are nothing like so strange and hard. But then, it was thought of as the supreme test of discipleship, the very climax of devotion and sacrificial adventure, for a young man to take his life in his hand, and turn his back upon home and friends and tongue and native land, to sail away as a missionary to every land. Other men who had seemed more interesting, and who had said much more about it, might falter and finally fail the church.  But for John Bruce it was of the very essence of loyalty, out of a profound conviction of urgency, and of the solid strength of his personal character, not to count the cost, but to answer and go at his Master's call.


Brother Bruce went to the foreign field, when, if my memory serves me right, we had not another missionary from this conference in any land, and when we had had only two or three in the entire history of our missionary service abroad. In 1890 he was appointed to the Brazil mission. He went first to Piracicaba, where Bishop Granberry had hoped he might found a school for boys. No funds were fourth coming for this work, so he joined Rev J. L. Kennedy and taught in a school that Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy directed in Taubate. From there, he went to Granberry College, and Juiz de Fora, where his best work in Brazil was done.


In December 1891, brother Bruce married Miss Donnie Moore. She and her mother had been pioneers in our work in Brazil, showing great kindness and hospitality to our first missionaries. Miss Moore had taught successfully in several of our schools and was a member of the Granbury faculty at the time of her marriage.


Brother Bruce was an untiring student and became proficient in the Portuguese language. Being of a strict, upright, unflinching temperament, he did much to instill high ideals in his students. His influence in raising the standard of scholarship and in establishing the honor system at Granbury College cannot be overestimated.  For a year and a half, he was president of this institution and did much toward strengthening and extending the curriculum.


During his twenty-five years in Brazil, brother Bruce did valiant service in various capacities as a pastor, Presiding Elder, teacher, treasurer, and in other positions filled by him. At one annual conference when there was no Bishop on the field, his brothers voted and elected him president.


In 1915, on account of declining health, brother Bruce left Brazil. To better fit himself for work in the homeland, he entered Columbia University, where he took the degree of M. A. At the same time, he taught Portuguese at Columbia. Several years were spent in the west in search of health. But for the last few years, his home had been near New York, where his four children reside.


Brother Bruce's interest in Brazil never diminished. During his last illness, he was often talking about and praying for the evangelization of Brazil. When a friend mentioned that he should feel satisfied at having found the seed of the gospel, he replied: “yes, but strong men are needed to cultivate the soil.”


The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. B. Crook, a former missionary to Brazil.  Other friends and co-laborers in joining the family in laying the remains to rest in a beautiful cemetery near White Plains, New York.


John Bruce was a quiet man, almost solitary sometimes in the deeper depth of his personal diligence and devotion. But he was true all the way to the bottom, and faithful. He belonged for many years to the Brazil Conference. But when, on account of illness, he must retire from active missionary service, he transferred back, and it was a real satisfaction to him to be ally again with the brethren of his home conference. In the Providence of God, he lived in his last years outside the boundaries of the conference, and it was not his privilege to see much of his brethren. No representative at the conference was near when the final summons came, and few of our number, perhaps personally knew him. But today we pause sincerely and gratefully, to do him honor. Truly he is worthy. We cannot forget that John L. Bruce moved at the very head of the noble line of boys and girls who from Randolph- Macon and from this conference who have gone for us to other lands.


Peace to his brave and precious dust. Our affectionate sympathy goes out to his loved ones today, and we pray that in such a time as this a double portion of his spirit, the spirit of his great Master, may fall upon us all.



“Virginia Conference Annual”,  Pages  19, 90 - 91


1.  Thomas Moore Bruce Sr.

2.  Joseph Moore Bruce

3.  Mary Lee Moore Bruce

4.  Susan Moore Bruce


Thomas Moore Bruce Sr


BIRTH 7 NOV 1892 • Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil

DEATH 15 JUN 1960 • Armonk, Westchester, New York, USA

Married:  15 Sep 1917 • Manhattan, New York, New York, USA

Adeline P Ciccione


BIRTH 24 OCT 1898 • New York, New York, USA

DEATH 24 AUG 1998 • King George, King George, Virginia, USA



Thomas Moore Bruce Jr


BIRTH 22 AUG 1918 • Manhattan, New York,

New York, USA

DEATH 21 FEB 1995 • Moncks Corner, Berkeley,

South Carolina, USA

Married: 20 Jul 1943 Wake, North Carolina, USA

New York, USA

Hilah Ruth Mayer


BIRTH 15 FEB 1921 • Texas, USA

DEATH 21 FEB 1987 • Boston, Suffolk,

Massachusetts, USA

Daughter of William Lyndon Mayer and Ibbie M Miller


Adele Lee Bruce


BIRTH 26 JUL 1921 • Philipines

DEATH 20 OCT 2011 • Lynchburg, Campbell, Virginia, USA

 Married:  28 Aug 1948 N Castle, New York, USA

Edward Snyder Kline


BIRTH 12 SEP 1925 • Albemarle County,

Virginia, USA

DEATH 9 MAY 1987 • Richmond, Virginia, USA

Son of Solomon David Kline and Mary Lee Snyder


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Adele Bruce Kline, 90, of Lynchburg, VA, died

Thursday, October 20, 2011. She was the wife of

the late Edward Snyder Kline, for 38 years.  Born

Tuesday, July 26, 1921, in the Philippines, Adele

was the daughter of the late Thomas Bruce and Adeline Ciccione Bruce.
Adele is survived by two daughters; Mary Hill and her husband, Roland, of Lynchburg, VA
and Nancy Kline and her husband, Scott Avera, of Palm Springs, CA, a son Edward Kline and his wife, Karen, of Albuquerque, NM, a son-in-law; Guillermo Oliver, of Yauco, Puerto Rico, and five grandchildren; Weston Hill, of Raleigh, NC, Steele Hill, of Lynchburg, VA, Maria Adella Oliver, of Yauco, Puerto Rico, Kelley Kline, of Albuquerque, NM, and Kendall Kline, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In addition to her parents, and husband, Adele was preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Kline Oliver. Adele was a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Nursing. Adele proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Although she lived in Lynchburg for the past 12 years with her family and a beloved menagerie of animals, she considered her home to be Sunnyfields Farm in King George County. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, King George, VA. She always lived her life true to what she believed in through civic duty, community service, and family leadership. Her life was an inspiration of strength to all who knew her.



John L Bruce


BIRTH 14 JUN 1923 • Pelham,

New York, USA

DEATH 7 NOV 2009 • LaBelle,

Hendry, Florida, USA

Married:  2 Dec 1963 • Nevada

Diane Marie Olson


BIRTH 19 OCT 1943 • Riverside,

Riverside, California, USA

DEATH Unknown

Daughter of Eldred Lawrence

Olson and Rosalie N Carpertieri

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Joseph Moore Bruce


BIRTH 24 NOV 1894 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH JAN 1963 • White Plains, Westchester, New York, USA

Married:  16 Oct 1920 • Manhattan, New York, USA

Margaret Foster Brush


BIRTH 7 JAN 1903 • Kings County, New York, USA

DEATH Unknown

Daughter of Barton Wilbur Brush and Mabel Hoyt Foster



Joseph Moore Bruce Jr


BIRTH 9 DEC 1921 • New York City, New York, USA

DEATH 14 MAR 2006 • Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, USA

Married:  11 Jun 1947 • Dade, Florida

Margot Suzanne Ingouf


BIRTH 15 JAN 1923 • New York, USA

DEATH 5 DEC 1985 • Marietta, Cobb, Georgia, USA

Daughter of Robert Jules Alexander Ingouf and Margot Jeanne Louise Maynard


Lt. Robert Foster Bruce


BIRTH 26 AUG 1924 • New York City, New York, USA

DEATH 3 OCT 1944 • Italy


Robert F Bruce

He was a World War II Era casualty on October 3, 1944. ★ He served with honor in the United States Army Air Forces. ★ He is remembered by the people of New York ★ May his positive example inspire us, as global citizens. ★ When we work together, we can help one another.


According to our records New York was his home or enlistment state and Westchester County was included within the archival record


He had enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. Served during World War II. Bruce had the rank of First Lieutenant. The service number assignment was O-815662. Attached to 1st Fighter Group, 27th Fighter Squadron.


During his service in World War II, Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Bruce experienced a critical situation that ultimately resulted in the loss of life on October 3, 1944. Recorded circumstances attributed to DNB - Died Non-battle.


Robert F Bruce is buried or memorialized at Plot E Row 8 Grave 2, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. This is an American Battle Monuments Commission location.


★ World War II Victory Medal

★ Air Medal

★ American Campaign Medal

★ Army Presidential Unit Citation

★ Army Good Conduct Medal

★ European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign


Mary Lee Moore Bruce


BIRTH 5 FEB 1898 • Halifax, Virginia, USA

DEATH 4 JAN 1966 • Flushing, Queens, New York, USA


Maurice Pacific Adda


BIRTH 28 DEC 1896 • New Brighton SI, New York, USA

DEATH 26 MAY 1972 • Flushing, Queens, New York, USA

Son of Pacfic "Paulie" Adda and Augustine ''Agusta" Pardy. Augustine ''Agusta" Pardy

Member of New York state assembly from Queens County 3rd District, 1944.

Member, American Legion.



Virginia "Ginny" Bruce Adda


BIRTH 9 OCT 1928 • Whitestone, Queens County,

New York, USA

DEATH 13 DEC 2014 • Schenectady, Schenectady,

New York, USA

Married:  7 Oct 1950 • New York City,

New York, USA

Raymond Charles Russum Jr.


BIRTH 14 SEP 1925 • New York City, New

York, USA

DEATH 2 MAY 2000 • Albany, Albany, New

York, USA

Son of Raymond Charles Russum Sr. and

Martha Ann "Mattie" Davis


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Born in Whitestone, she was the daughter of the

late  Maurice and Mary Lee (Bruce) Adda. Upon

graduating from Randolph Macon Women's

College in 1949, she married Raymond Russum

and raised three children living in Hicksville, Saudi Arabia, and Delmar.

During her years living in Saudi Arabia, she traveled with her young family throughout the Middle East and Europe. While raising her family, Virginia worked as a secretary for New York State and Albany Medical Center Hospital.

She also tested children in the schools and volunteered her time as an adult literacy tutor. After losing her husband of 49 years in 2000, Virginia was fortunate to find love and friendship again.

She married Richard Keefe and they spent 13 happy years together.



Dorothy Bruce Adda


BIRTH 16 AUG 1930 • Whitestone, New

York City, New York, USA

DEATH 7 JUL 2017 • Severna Park, Anne

Arundel, Maryland, USA

Married:  Abt 1955 • New York City, New

York, USA

Divorce:  28 Sep 1974 • Multnomah,

Oregon, USA

Glenn Charles Parker Sr


BIRTH 4 DEC 1928 • Adams Center, Jefferson,

New York, USA

DEATH 14 APR 2015 • Severna Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, USA

Son of Glenn Bradley Parker Sr. and Dorothy A. Cassell


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Glenn C. Parker, Sr., 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Severna Park, MD on Friday, April 24, 2015, as a result of heart and lung failure.

Glenn was born on December 4, 1928, to Glenn and Dorothy Parker in Adams Center, NY. Raised on a dairy farm, Glenn spent his youth in Upstate New York then served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1952. He played the trombone in the Air Force band during the Korean War and then attended the University of Maryland on the G.I. bill. While at Maryland he played trombone in the University of Maryland Marching and Pep Bands, joined SAE Fraternity, and obtained a BA in History in 1955. Glenn subsequently earned a law degree at the University of Maryland Law School in 1958. He continued his trombone playing with the Baltimore Colts Marching Band. Glenn joined the law firm of Smith, Somerville, and Case where he made partner while focusing largely on worker compen-sation law. He was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1981 to 1991 and retired in 1993.

Through the years, Glenn's family was at the center of his life. He married his beloved "Dottie" in 1955 and they raised three children, Nancy, Anne, and Glenn, Jr. In 1962 the family moved from Baltimore to Linstead in Severna Park then to their current home on the Severn River in 1972. Family vacations and travel revolved around Glenn's favorite hobbies: sailing and flying. Blessed with a gift for storytelling, musical talent, and a wonderful sense of humor, Glenn was a favorite at neighborhood gatherings, church events, and on the tennis court. He gave tirelessly of his time to the transformation of Tipton Airport and to Hospice of the Chesapeake for which he and Dorothy were awarded Volunteers of the Year. Dedicated to their church since 1970, Dorothy and Glenn served in a variety of volunteer roles and enjoyed the friendships they developed.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children, Nancy Ford of Virginia Beach, Anne Papaioannu of Severna Park and Glenn Parker, Jr. of Arnold; his six grandchildren, Chris and Nick Ford, Pari and Steven Papaioannu and Eric and Jessica Parker; and sisters, Doris Bates of Sandy Creek, NY and Carol Merritt of Belleville, NY. We celebrate the life of Glenn Parker, one so fully and lovingly lived.

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Susan Moore Bruce


BIRTH 29 JAN 1902 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 30 SEPT 1966 • White Plains, Westchester,

New York, USA

Married:  10 May 1922 • Liberty, Sullivan, New

York, USA

Stephen Vincent O'Brien


BIRTH 18 NOV 1899 • Flushing Queens, New York,

New York, USA

DEATH 26 DEC 1966 • White Plains, Westchester,

New York, USA

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Robert Stephen Obrien


BIRTH 15 APR 1923 • Flushing, Queens,

New York, USA

DEATH 12 AUG 2006 • Elk Rapids, Antrim,

Michigan, USA

Married:  5 Dec 1942

Joan A Cleary


BIRTH 21 JAN 1925 • New York, New York, USA

DEATH 6 JUN 2006 • Elk Rapids, Antrim,

Michigan, USA

Daughter of James C. Cleary and Elizabeth

A. Anglin


Eileen Susan O'Brien


BIRTH 19 JUL 1927 • Queens, New York City, New York, USA

DEATH 12 JUL 2012 • Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Married:  10 Jan 1948 • Bedford, Westchester, New York, USA

Arthur J Bosley


BIRTH 02 JAN 1927 • White Plains, Westchester, New York, USA

DEATH 15 SEP 2014 • Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Son of George V. Bosley and Irene V. Huszer


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