|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1926|
|Death: ||May 5, 1945, Philippines|
Remains of Billie Brashear Being Returned Home Mr. and Mrs. Gary Brashear received word that the remains of their son, Billy who was killed in action on Iwo Jima while he was fighting the Japanese as a member of the U.S. Marine Corp. is bing returned to Normangee for interment.
Date of the funeral here will be announced later. Full military honors will be accorded the remains in the funeral here.
The Day they Buried Billy Brashear was Like Him--Sunny
Last Thursday the February day they buried Billie Brashear at Hopewell cemetery, was like friends said the fallen Marine was--bright,shiny sunny. The day was so pretty it hurt-- hurt like the pain of losing Billie who before he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, June 10, 1944 was one of the most well-liked boys in the community.
Billie was born Jan. 17, 1926 in Normangee. He was almost 19 the day he was killed in action, May 5, 1945, on the island of Okinawa.
A U. S. Marine, native of the state of Oregon, accompanied Billie's remains back to Normangee last Wednesday. At the grave he presented Mrs. Gary Brashear, his mother, with the U. S. flag that draped the steel coffin. Other survivors include his father and a brother, James Gary of Houston. Other close relatives were an uncle, J. T. Dawkins, and an aunt, Mrs. J. A. James of Madisonville.
Funeral services were held for Billie were held from the First Baptist church with Rev. Frank Tulloch, pastor, Bryan Rev. C. E. Bullock, former pastor, Bryan, Rev. Lee R. Harris, another former pastor, Austin.
The firing squad of VFW, Bryan, assisted by L. C. Pinson, provided military honors. Olan Risinger played taps. Pallbearers were R. G. Grimes, Fred Allen Cox, Jr., Milton Cash, Elnor Grimes, Billy Copeland and Edwin Grimes.
Davis Cozart was in charge of funeral arrangements.
The floral tributes were lavish and impressive.
With Billie's remains so close at hand, World War II which sometimes seems in the remote past seemed just yesterday.
It appeared wise and just that his body was brought back from the far off Japanese island -- if for no other reason than to remind us again of the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces in that war.
We owe them a debt we can never repay. Let us not forget that.
Find A Grave contributor Gary W. Adams
Charles Gary Brashear (1898 - 1957)
Fleta Ellis Brashear Partin (1900 - 1990)
"In memory of our son who died in action at Okinawa"
Note: US Marine Corps
Created by: William E. "Bill" Robins...
Record added: Nov 26, 2010
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