Mr. Earl Thomas “Tommy” Bracey, Jr., age 76, of the Curtis Community passed away Monday, March 20, 2023 in Mizell Memorial Hospital.
Tommy proudly served his country in the US Army as an Infantry Soldier during Vietnam. He worked 46 years at Purity Dairies in Nashville, Tennessee before retiring to Alabama. Tommy decided retirement wasn’t for him, so he went to work at Frank Jackson State Park in Opp where he enjoyed 8 years of work – actually working the day he died. He would sit inside the check-in station where he could talk with all of the visitors coming through the gates, and would also enjoy sharing an occasional meal with the regular campers.
Mr. Bracey is survived by his wife, Dianne Whaley Bracey; daughter & son-in-law, Shea Bracey Hartman & Parrish; sister, Dale Underwood; grandchildren, Jake Marion and Ollie Hartman; great-granddaughter, Emberly Marion; brother-in-law, Sammy Whaley & wife, Regina; sisters-in-law, Mary Meeks & husband, Danny, and Donna Mack & husband, Johnny; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille Harris Bracey and Earl Thomas Bracey, Sr.; and sister, Judy Chandler.
A memorial service for Mr. Earl Thomas “Tommy” Bracey, Jr. will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 25, 2023 from New Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member. Bro. Randall Pearson will be officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. (New Ebenezer Baptist Church, 3132 Hwy 141, Elba, AL 36323)
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made in his memory to Frank Jackson State Park, 100 Jerry Adams Rd., Opp, AL 36467.