William Michael 'Bill' Brackney

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Loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, taken to his eternal rest on June 10, 2018 at his home. He was 83 years old. Visiting at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial at St Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 9150 Highland Rd at 11 a. m. on Friday. Interment following at Port Hudson National Cemetery. He is survived by his loving friend of 12 years, Susan Dawson, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Leslie Beam, Elizabeth and Mark Waks, and Sarah and Travis Singleton; and one son and two daughters-in-law, Stephen and Stephanie Brackney and Katherine Galifianakis Brackney; Sixteen grand-children, Erik Beam, Jennifer Nichols and Shelly Hopko; Billy and Jake Brackney; Paul, Laura, Amy, Kelley and Chase Brackney; Chris Waks and Maren Cutlip and James, Ashley, Alex and Emily Singleton; and nineteen great-grand-children, Reagan and Sophie Hopko, Kelsey and Austin Beam, Isaac, Felicity, Rose, John and Beatrix Singleton, Kaitlyn and Khloe Nichols, Landen, Carter, Oliver and Holynn Singleton, Dexter, Michael and Hazel Brackney and Jackson Cutlip. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Carlson "Vickie" Brackney, his son, William Michael Brackney, Jr., his parents, Maj. Ross Clyde Brackney, USA, Ret and Amy Kimball Brackney, and two brothers, Ross Clyde Brackney, Jr. and Robert Kimball Brackney. He graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor Mechanical Engineering degree in 1958 and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. He served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserves for over 10 years and was on active duty in the United States and in Germany in 1961-1962. He was discharged with the rank of Captain in 1968. He had joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company in New Jersey prior to going on active duty. He transferred to Exxon Chemical Company in 1965 and spent the balance of his career with that organization. His career with Exxon included assignments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas and Louisiana. He was Manager of the Baton Rouge Plastics Plant from 1981 to 1990 and then served as Project Executive at the Baton Rouge Chemical Plant from 1990 until his retirement in 1995. He was a life member of the Army Distaff Foundation, the American Philatelic Society, the Auburn Alumni Association and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society, Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity, the Society of Descendants of Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, and the International Society of Descendants of Charlemagne. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations may be made to your local Red Cross chapter or to your own favorite charity.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 12 to June 14, 2018
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