Jack Braley passed away on June 19, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. Jack was born on October 15, 1931 in Simms, Texas to Bryan Braley and Ruth Burkhalter Braley. Jack spent his childhood in Del Rio, Oklahoma City and Corpus Christi where his father retired as the Chief of the Weather Bureau. As a boy, Jack accepted Christ as his savior and was baptized at the Morgan Avenue Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, TX. Jack was a boy scout and a track athlete at Corpus Christi High School where he graduated in 1949. Upon graduation, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War where he served aboard the destroyer, USS Hopewell. After serving his country, Jack moved to his birthplace in Bowie County where he met his bride, Frances Ann Green from New Boston. Jack and Ann married on June 3, 1955 in Simms, Texas. Jack and Ann moved to Dallas where he attended SMU and began his long career in the commercial HVAC industry with Beatty Engineering.
In 1977, Jack joined Dick Berger when Dick founded Berger Engineering. Jack spent 20 years at Berger Engineering as the service manager as the company expanded to New Orleans and Las Vegas. Jack was very involved in the HVAC industry and was a long time board member and past chair of the Dallas chapter of Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
In 1957, Jack and Ann moved to the growing community of Garland, Texas and began their family. Jack was very involved in the community where he coached the sports teams of his three children and also founded a Boy Scout Troop. Jack and Ann were a founding family of South Garland Baptist Church where Jack served on the board of deacons for many years including past chairman.
Upon retirement, Jack and Ann moved to Simms, Texas where they spent time with their beloved horses and raised longhorn cattle. Always an avid outdoorsman, Jack continued to hunt and fish for many years into retirement.
Jack and Ann were active in the First Baptist Church in New Boston. Jack served as an officer on the board of the Central Bowie County Water Supply Corporation. He faithfully served on the board of the Old Union Cemetery Association and for many years as its President.
Jack was predeceased by brothers Charles Braley (Betty), William (Bill) Braley (Jean) and Richard (Rick) Braley (Janice). Jack, survived by his wife Ann of 64 years, is also survived by his brothers Joe Braley (Virgie) of McKinney, Texas; and Don Braley (Nova) of Missouri City, Texas.
Jack is also survived by his three children; son Keith Braley (Pam) of Plano, Texas; son Kirk Braley (Cindy) of Garland, Texas; and daughter Jaclyn Sherrell (Jon) of Tyler, Texas. He is survived by grandchildren; Madeline Frances Braley, Matthew Thomas Sherrell, Mary Margaret Grace Braley, Jack Christian Sherrell, Andrew Braley Sherrell and Molly Ann Sherrell. Jack is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Honorary Pallbearers are Joe Bennett, Dick Berger, Dick Curry, Hon. James Carlow, Curtis Freeman, Harrell Hignight, Joe Johnson, Jim Prewitt, Ronny Looney, Marvin Poer, Max Smith and Bill White.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24th in the Chapel of First Baptist Church New Boston, 506 S. McCoy Blvd, officiated by Pastor Sam Dennis.
Graveside services will be held the same day at 2:00 pm at the Old Union Cemetery in Simms, Texas with Pastor Sam Dennis officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Union Cemetery Association, 120 Hunter’s Cove, Texarkana, Texas 75501.
II Timothy 4:7-9
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.
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