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Willard Dean Brackett

Willard “Bill” Dean Brackett, son of the late Virgil Alonzo and Lucy Belle (Reece) Brackett, was born on May 11, 1930 in Fannin County, Texas, and departed this life on October 13, 2014 at his home in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He was 84 years, five months, and two days of age.

Bill was united in marriage to Faye Hallman on January 10, 1951 in Bonham, Texas. They had 63 wonderful years together. To this union two daughters were born: Sheron and Rae Lynne. In 1967, Bill and Faye moved from Millsap, Texas, to Missouri to fulfill his dream of having his own farm, which was known as “Rattlesnake Holler.”

Bill was a veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed hamburgers, “shoot’em up westerns,” country music, hunting, fishing, and his cowboy boots, but most of all he loved his family. Bill was a loving daddy and a faithful husband. His favorite song was “A Beautiful Life,” and a beautiful life he lived. Willard was a member of Cabool Church of Christ.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Dee and Frank, and one sister, Ruby Belle McElreath.

Bill leaves in his passing his lovely wife, Faye (Hallman) Brackett; his two daughters, Sheron Allen and husband Norman, of Norwood, Missouri, and Rae Lynne Swopes and husband Dennis of Mountain Grove; two brothers, V.A. Jr., and David Ruben; one sister, Reba Alice Bond; five grandchildren, Brian Allen and fiancé Brandi Rust of Mountain Grove, Angela Allen Keehner and husband Robert of Norwood, Willie Dean Allen and wife Heather of Republic, Missouri, Sara Stewart and husband Matt of Springfield, Missouri, and Rhiana Faye Seiler and husband Randy of Springfield; twelve great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside memorial services were held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Dennis Cemetery in Mansfield, Missouri, with Minister Daniel Harvey officiating. Songs selections were “A Beautiful Life,” “When The Roll Is Called up Yonder,” and “I’ll Fly Away” sang by the congregation. Burial was in Dennis Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.

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