William Bryan Brackin Jr., 79, of Montgomery, Alabama, passed away on March 22, 2023.
Bill, fondly known as "Big Daddy" to his family, was born to Mary Burns Brackin and William Bryan Brackin, Sr. on December 1, 1943, in New York, New York. After the end of World War Il, at the age of 4, his family moved to Dothan, AL. He grew up in the "Wiregrass" section of southeast Alabama which instilled many life values including the virtues of an impressive work ethic, how to get the right results the right way, and how to lead with integrity.
Demonstrating great intellect and impressive leadership skills, he earned a Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the University of Alabama and a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. As an ROTC graduate, he also served in the US Air Force Intelligence, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the reserves. After his active duty military service, Bill worked for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, progressing to levels of increasing responsibility before retiring as Laboratory Manager in Montgomery, AL.
His grandchildren will always remember his love for life and their times jumping from the barn, riding on the tractor, watching Big Daddy dance with a Santa hat singing Elton John's Crocodile Rock, and his animated cheering during Alabama football games.
He possessed a big personality and voice, a commanding presence, and an infectiously positive smile whenever he entered the room. He was outgoing, never met a stranger, and full of positive energy. He loved his family, the Cleveland Indians, and Alabama football. Some of our best family memories include holidays at the family farmhouse. He was a dear husband and father, an incredible role model for his children, a sacrificing and servant leader for his family, a passionate coach, a faithful mentor, a positive encourager, and will be greatly missed. A great example of a life well-lived!
Bill was preceded in death by his sister Linda Brackin, and is survived by his wife of 42 years Brenda Brackin; his sons Scott (Cheryl) Brackin, Paul Brackin, Walt (Tamatha) Porter and Brian (Natalie) Porter; his sister Elaine Brackin; and his ten grandchildren Katelyn Brackin, Tyler Brackin, Jack Kellogg, Jensen Kellogg, Chloe Brackin, Jasmine Brackin, Zach (Molly) Porter, Jake Porter, Ashley Porter and Ella Porter.
Per Bill’s request and final wishes, he will be buried at Pleasant Springs Baptist Church in Franklin, Alabama, following his funeral service at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Rev. Ronald Sumner will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 P.M.
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