Michael Bruner


JONESBORO — David Michael “Mike” Bruner, 72, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, July 27, 2020, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. Mike was born in Harrison on Nov. 2, 1947.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Glenn and Edna Bruner, and two brothers, Bill Bruner and Eldwin J. Bruner.

Mike worked in the agriculture-chemical and seed industry for 20 years in Missouri and Tennessee before moving back to Jonesboro in 1996 when he and Lynn married.

Prior to retirement, Mike managed a local overhead door company. Mike was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church.

Mike faced every obstacle cancer hurled his way and although he had cancer, it did not have him. He was aware that out of suffering and pain, the strongest souls emerge and the depths of his faith in God embraced him and provided comfort during this difficult battle.

Mike will be remembered as a friend whose humble demeanor spoke volumes.

He is survived by his spouse of 24 years, Lynn Delaney Bruner of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Rush and Stacy Simpson and granddaughters, Leah and Zoe, all of Little Rock; brother-in-law, Dr. Rick (Marcia) Delaney of Ormond Beach, Fla.; sister, Nell (Aaron) Barling of Fort Smith; three special nephews, Phil (Louise) Barling of Fort Smith, Paul (Kimiko) Barling of Dallas and Scott (Nancy) Bruner of Portageville, Mo.; many cousins and great-nieces and nephews; and two special fur family members, Corgis Strat and Rosie.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the family will only have a graveside service at 11 a.m. Friday in Jonesboro Memorial Park with the Rev. John Miles officiating and Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers will be LeMon Baker, Phil Barling, Paul Barling, James Copeland, Mitch Hovis and Fred Haustein.

Honorary pallbearers will include Dr. Steve Woodruff and Dr. Allen Nixon.

Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. There will be no public visitation.

For lasting memorials, please consider First United Methodist Church (Building Fund), 801 S. Main St., Jonesboro 72401; Chapter CF of P.E.O. Delaney/Atwood Scholarship Fund, in care of Mary Beth Hoke, 2505 Wood St., Jonesboro 72401; or the NEA Humane Society, 6111 E. Highland Drive, Jonesboro 72401.

Online registry www. emersonfuneralhome.com