to tell stories and jokes with a lot of humor, and loved to throw in
truths and lessons for life. There was always humor growing up in our
house. There will be some tears but a lot of laughter at his
Brougher was born June 27, 1902, in Chattanooga, Tenn. He grew up
in Los Angeles and attended the University of Redlands and Newton
Theological Seminary in Boston. He became the pastor of the First
Baptist Church of Glendale in 1927.
Brougher was active in the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and had 76
years of perfect attendance with the Glendale Kiwanis Club, family
Brougher was active in local Masonic lodges and was, for many
years, a chaplain for the Los Angeles Breakfast Club and the
Propeller Club of Los Angeles-Long Beach, family members said.
"His old friends always called him Jimmy," said Elizabeth
Brougher-Dieudonne, Brougher's daughter. "He could always tie jokes
into serious points he was trying to make. That way, they remembered
the joke, but also the moral or principle behind it. My father always
had that twinkle in his eye. We all loved him and will miss him."
Brougher's survivors include his daughters, Elizabeth
Brougher-Dieudonne and Linda Louise Brougher-Phillips; sons, James
Whitcomb Brougher III and the Rev. Frank Brougher; 10 grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren. Brougher's wife, Helen, died in 1986.
Brougher did not remarry.
His family will gather next week for a private memorial. A public
memorial will be Sept. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209
N. Louise St. Family members on Thursday had not set a time for the
His son Frank, the associate pastor at the church, will conduct
the memorial service.
Memorial contributions can be made to the J.W. Brougher Endowment
Fund, a fund established at the church on Brougher's 100th birthday.