|Birth: ||Nov. 20, 1894|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1941|
Published in The Alabama Courier, Athens, Alabama, Thursday, March 27, 1941
Funeral services for Bedford F. Brackeen, who died Monday, March 24, was held Tuesday afternoon, March 25, in the auditorium of the Church of Christ where he had long been a faithful member, with Bro. M. A. Creel conducting the impressive services.
Hundreds of friends from the city and county came to pay a last tribute to this good citizen, who, for more than a dozen years looked after the interests of the town as a courageous, faithful officer of the law.
The sad tragedy of Mr. Brackeen's death cast a pall of gloom over the entire county where he was born and reared and where his family has held a prominent place in the educational and civic life of the county.
The flag on the city hall flew at half mast and business houses were closed during the funeral Tuesday.
Surviving Mr. Brackeen are his widow, Vadie N. Brackeen; his father, George H. Brackeen, of Athens; three brothers, Ira C. Brackeen, Hohenwold, Tenn., Morgan Brackeen, Athens, A. A. Brackeen, Harvest; two sisters, Miss Vera Brackeen and Mrs. Tera Green, of Athens.
Burial was made at the City Cemetery with Spry in charge.
Active pallbearers were H. M. Brackeen, A. A. Brackeen, Emory Green, Chief C. T. Wilson, Chief Herman Giles, Huntsville, Chief Ryan, Falkville.
Honorary pallbearers were State Patrolmen Julian Hale, Troupe, McNeese, Fusch, Williams, Logal, Daniels, Capt. Van Buren Gilbert, T. E. Gilbert, E. E. Nelson, W. A. Strange, Charlie Long, Henderson Legg, A. B. McWilliams, Dr. Powers, Dr. Pettus, Charlie Stinnett, Charlie Berzett, Mayor R. H. Richardson, M. S. Kennemer, Bill Johnston, Maratin F. Whitt, Jess Hargrove, Knox Biles, John Sandlin, Ed Evans, A. P. Henderson, John Black, J. E. Clem, Wallace Coleman, Jim Clem and Jim Rose.
Officer Brackeen was shot three times but still attempted to chase the suspect before collapsing.
George H. Brackeen (1872 - 1956)
Sallie V. Tucker Brackeen (1865 - 1933)
Vadie N. Brackeen (1892 - 1976)*
Ira C. Brackeen (1893 - 1975)*
Bedford Forrest Brackeen (1894 - 1941)
Vera E. Brackeen Averitt (1898 - 1970)*
Aaron Alfred Brackeen (1902 - 1990)*
Athens City Cemetery
Plot: Section 4, Lot #1075
Created by: Mary Jo
Record added: Aug 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29399341
Added: Feb. 10, 2010
Added: Aug. 29, 2008