J.D. Bratcher, the son of the late Dennie and Viola Blair Bratcher, was born in Catron on May 3, 1933, and died at his home in Parma on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at the age of 71.
Mr. Bratcher had lived in St. Louis until 1980 when he moved to Parma. He was a retired farm laborer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
On Oct. 12, 1962, he married Marie Barton in St. Louis.
Surviving are his wife Marie Barton Bratcher of Parma; one son, David Ray Bratcher of Parma; and 12 daughters, Kathy Clark of Malden, Sharon Spoon of Poplar Bluff, Estella Bates of Tampa, Fla., Barbara Lynn of Valley Park, Melinda Wheeler of Dittmer, Bertha Sherritze of Bernie, Karen Keown of Madisonville, Ky., Rose Berend of Arnold, Kathy Goad of Illinois, Anita Watkins of Festus, Mary Hunt of New Madrid, and Millie Ghattas of Fenton; four sisters, Berniece Ward of Fisk, Bertha Mae Buck of Braggadocio, Lois Dingman of South Dakota, and Edna Ratican of Parma; 43 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Dennie Bratcher; one brother, Phillip Bratcher; and one daughter, Carol Ann Earnheart.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Parma.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel in Parma with Rev. Jimmy Gilbert of Kennett officiating.
Interment will follow in the Parma City Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Parma in charge of arrangements.