William Hardy "Billy" Brabham Jr. was born Jan. 14, 1939, and passed away at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2010 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 71, a native of St. Helena Parish and a resident of Kentwood. Mr. Billy was a lifelong cattle farmer, 1957 graduate of Greensburg High School and member of the 1957-1959 Tulane University football team. Mr. Billy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia Webb Brabham, Kentwood; two daughters, Lisa B. Peairs and husband Ricky, of Clinton, and Amy B. Holland and husband Chris, of Kentwood; two sons, Jason Brabham and wife Carmen, Kentwood, and Seth Brabham and wife Sara, Kentwood; daughter-in-law, Beth B. Brabham, Magnolia, Miss.; two brothers, David Brabham and wife Connie, Kentwood, and Danny Brabham and wife Bunny, Prairieville; and 13 grandchildren, Garrett Brabham, Meagan Strickland, Jeb Brabham, Hunter Brabham, Shane Holland, Whitney Holland, Kaysey Holland, Dalton Brabham, Caylon Brabham, Carlon Brabham, Alison Brabham, Wyatt Brabham and Hollie Peairs. Preceded in death by his parents, William Hardy Sr. and Emma Lee Blades Brabham; son, Kyle Garrett Brabham Sr.; and brother, Ronnie Brabham. Visitation at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, Tangipahoa, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, was from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visitation resumes at the church Thursday from 8 a.m. until Celebration of Life Worship service at 10 a.m., with the Rev, Larry Blades and the Rev. Kevin Smith officiating. Interment in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Garrett Brabham, Shane Holland, Jeb Brabham, Hunter Brabham, Dalton Brabham, Wyatt Brabham Richard Wales and Adrian Phillips. Honorary pallbearers are Deloy Smith and Gene McNabb. Arrangements by McKneely & Vaughn Funeral Home. An online Guestbook is available at www.mckneelyvaughnfh.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2010