Services for D. Morris Brantley, 85, Ben Wheeler, were held at 2 p.m. April 16, at Edom United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Craft, Rev. David Johnson, officiating, under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton. Burial was in Edom Cemetery, Edom.
Mr. Brantley passed away April 13, 2010 in Tyler. He was born April 30, 1924 in Edom to Harris and Ollie Fulgham Brantley. He graduated from Van ISD in 1941, playing on the State Championship Basketball that year. After graduation he joined the US Navy serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After graduating from SMU he began a long career with the Dallas ISD in the Physical Education Dept, retiring as Director of Physical Education.
After retirement he returned to Edom and served two terms as mayor of his hometown. He was also very involved in the Edom United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, serving as trustee not only at Edom UMC but also trustee for the Tyler District UMC. He was also very active in the Edom Methodist Men’s group.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Shirley Brantley, sisters, Vivian Colley and Fairy Palmer.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Judy Brantley, Ben Wheeler; and other family members and friends.
Pallbearers were Elmer Joe McLean, Pat Fowler, Ron McDougal, Larry Murphy, Carlton Smith, Roger Maddox, Burt Rowlins, and Mickey Poteet.
Honorary pallbearers were Members of the Edom Methodist Men.
Source: Van Zandt News, Canton, Texas, Tuesday, April 20, 2010