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Long time Angleton resident, Dr. Randolph R. Brantley, passed peacefully from this life in the early morning hours of August 17, 2013 at the age of 96.
Dr. Brantley was born the youngest of eight children in Philadelphia, Neshoba County, Mississippi. Moving with his family to Texas as a young child, he lived briefly in Wellington, then spent the remainder of his youth on a cotton farm in Amherst, graduating from high school in Littlefield. A fond memory of his was serving as captain of the football team while in high school.
He attended Texas Tech University and graduated first in his class from The University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston in 1943. Following graduation he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. During World War II, he served as a dentist on several islands in the South Pacific, including Guadalcanal and Kwajelin.
In January 1944 he married Edith Theresa Jaresh of Schulenburg, Texas, who he met at the dental school. Following World War II, they moved to Angleton, Texas, where they lived for 44 years until Edith's death in 1988. In 1995, he married Helen Hunt Brown of Alvin and they were married until her death 10 years later.
While practicing dentistry in Angleton, he led an active professional, civic and community life. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church, serving in several leadership capacities. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Angleton Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He served twelve years on the Board of Trustees of the Angleton Independent School District holding several offices, including that of president. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, was a long time member of the Angleton Lions Club, and life member of the Angleton Chamber of Commerce.
He was very successful in his professional life, receiving many honors and awards from his colleagues. These included his service as president of both the Houston and the Texas Academy of General Dentistry. He also was awarded Fellowship in the International College of Dentists and Fellowship in the American College of Dentists. He was a life member of each of the American Academy of General Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society.
In 1991, he received the prestigious Outstanding Alumnus Award by The University of Texas Dental Branch of Houston Alumni Association for his contributions to "The school, the students, alumni and the dental profession". But more precious to him was the relationship with his patients, who knew him as a gentle and caring practitioner.
He was preceded in death by wife Edith and wife Helen; his parents, Richard Harris and Lena Elizabeth Barnett Brantley; and his five brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Kay Thibodeaux and husband, H.P.; his son, John Brantley and wife Joan; grandchildren, Randolph Benoit, Kevin Benoit, Brian Brantley and wife, Samantha, David Brantley, and Caroline Brantley; and great grandchildren Amanda Brantley and Elizabeth Brantley.
Other survivors include Joan and John Robertson and their children: Beth Kirkpatrick and husband Lowell and children Katie, Aubrey, Christiana and James Kirkpatrick; Kyle Robertson; and John Robertson and wife Amy and daughter Samantha.
The Brantley family wishes to extend special recognition and heartfelt gratitude to Mary Bryant and Susie Miloradovich for their contributions to Dr. Brantley care and happiness during these last years. We also wish to thank the entire staff of Cypress Woods Nursing Home for their kind and professional care during his stay there.
Funeral services honoring Dr. Brantley will be held at the First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 19, 2013, at Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p. m.
Online condolences may be sent at www.palmsfuneralhome.com
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 18, 2013
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