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 William David Brantley

William David Brantley

Birth
Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
Death 27 Jan 2015 (aged 68)
Sumter County, Florida, USA
Burial Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA
Plot 626 0 398
Memorial ID 155313443 · View Source
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William David Brantley, age 68, passed
away from cancer in his home under hospice
care on the morning of Jan. 27, 2015.
Bill's death comes on the heels of his
older brother John Phillip Brantley dying
from Leukemia on Dec. 31, 2014.

Bill was born on Feb. 13, 1946 in Ocala,
FL and grew up in Coleman, FL, a little
town in Central Florida just outside of
Wildwood. He graduated from Wildwood High
School in 1964. While in high school
he played football with the Wildwood
Wildcats. Bill was 185 pounds and played
nose tackle on defense and end on offense.
He was voted Most School Spirited by his
senior classmates. Upon graduation, in
1964, he enlisted in the United States
Army, serving state side, in Alaska,
Hawaii, and in South Vietnam.

Bill 'met' his wife of 45 years, Aurora
(Kika) Perales Brantley, as pen pals,
through mutual friends, while servingin
Vietnam as a Ranger with the first Long
Range Reconnaissance Patrol Company (LRRP),
25th Infantry Division, stationed in South
Vietnam between August 1966 and June 1967.
Sergeant Brantley completed his service
in August 1967, after earning a Bronze
Star and a Purple Heart, among other
medals.

Meanwhile, Aurora graduated from Miami
Coral Park High School in June 1967 and
began her career with Southern Bell/AT&T
in 1967.

Bill came home from the service and he and
Aurora met and fell in love immediately.
After dating for two years, Aurora and Bill
were married in August 1969. The Brantley's
moved to the Redlands in 1973 and Bill
operated a successful nursery & plant
broker business Cuda Enterprises for many
years.

Bill had many business and personal friends
and enjoyed hours of conversation with them
while sipping on a cup of coffee or Café con
Leche. He was generous and friendly with
everyone he met and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his loving wife Aurora,
Bill is survived by his sister, Carolyn
Kaye Brantley; his nephew, John Philip
Brantley Jr.; niece, Cindy Brantley
Saunders; and sister-in-law, Mary Brantley.

Additionally, he is survived by the children
of his niece and nephew and his loving Perales
family brothers and sisters-in-law as well as
their children and grandchildren.

(obit provided by David Merritt (#46502943)


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SGT US ARMY
VIETNAM


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  • Created by: chuck cummins
  • Added: 23 Nov 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 155313443
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William David Brantley (13 Feb 1946–27 Jan 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 155313443, citing Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by chuck cummins (contributor 47514473) .