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Braddick was born in Big Spring, Texas on Feb 1, 1919, the first of 12 children to Karl and Egla Louzelle Braddick. Karl grew up in Northwest Houston during the depression. The family lived on the original 10 acres settled by Karl's grandfather, where they grew their own food, bartered, and hunted to put food on the table. Karl quit High School to work for the WPA with his father to help feed the family, and he later completed his GED to receive his High School Diploma. His aunt Hazel paid for him to attend and receive a two year degree in accounting. His first job was working in the mail room for Superior Oil in Houston. On July 11, 1941 Karl married Martha Jane Holland, his first kiss and the love of his life. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl enlisted in the Navy and became an optical range finder operator. In the war, he became a plank owner on two ships: The USS Saufley DDS 465 and the USS Franklin CV 13. Karl was in seven major battles and many skirmishes earning one silver and two bronze stars. On March 1945, The USS Franklin was hit with two 500 lb bombs hitting the stored ammo and blowing the ship apart killing over 800 men. After the war, Karl went back to his job with Superior Oil where he moved up accepting positions in Midland, Texas, Los Angeles, California, Caracas, Venezuela, New York, New York, and Dallas, Texas. He retired with Exxon Mobil in 1985. Karl and Jane moved to Canyon Lake where they purchased property and built a home that people would want to visit. Karl loved to have fun and share with friends. Karl died peacefully at home being cared for by Tom and Maria Braddick.
Karl is survived by Sons: Karl Braddick, Tom and Maria Braddick, Wayne and Suzanne Braddick. Grandchildren: Lori Johnson, Jonathan Braddick, Michael Braddick, Omar Braddick, Ricardo Braddick, and Claire Braddick. Great Grandchildren: Mundo Braddick, Isaiah Braddick, Noah Braddick, and Christian Braddick.
The Services will be held at: Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Freeway, Houston, Tx. 77039. 281-449-2526. Visitation will be on Tuesday January 7th 5 to 8PM and the Funeral service will be Wednesday January 8th at 11AM.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Jan. 5, 2014