THOMAS HOLLAND BRATCHER IV, 19, beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and child of God, passed from this world into the hands of God on Thursday, July 3, 2014, following injuries from an automobile accident. Thomas is preceded in death by his aunt, Copia Westbrook. He is survived by his parents, Tom and Teresa Bratcher; sister, Christyn Bratcher; brother, Brandon Bratcher; his beloved puppies, Zap, Dakota and Biggie; grandparents, Tommy and Carol Bratcher and Robbie and Lois Westbrook. He leaves to cherish his memory several aunts, uncles and cousins: Mike, Melba and Joseph Westbrook; Mark and Travis Westbrook; Taylor and Stephen Sprague; Mary, Bill, Christine, Kyle and Rachel Rump; Laura, Gerald, Jonathan, Jacob, Ashlyn and Matthew Evans; Don Bratcher and Michael and Matthew Smith; John, Rory, Carson and Reese Bratcher; special friends, Nick, Marcus, Renee, Jacob, Garrett, Elias, Dylan and Megan; his special moms and dads, who loved him as much as his own: Merit and Chris; Tomasinia and Marcus; Karina and Renee; and, Brenda and Cory, along with numerous other family and a host of loving friends.
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Thomas was born at the Women's Hospital of Texas in Houston on December 15, 1994. He was a happy baby with a deep, deep belly laugh, and it is this happiness that carried him through life. Thomas attended Trinity-Klein Lutheran School from Pre-K 4 through 8th grade; Klein Collins High School, where he played 4 years of basketball, including senior year Varsity; and, Texas A&M University, Class of 2017, where he was a proud member of the Squadron 2 Gators in the Corps of Cadets and the Corps Basketball Team. His plan was to major in Petroleum Engineering, retire early with great wealth and travel the world. Thomas was a young man of tremendous character and faith. He was a hard worker, and was devoted to his family and friends. In all that he did, Thomas displayed enthusiasm, a strong work ethic, commitment and genuine concern for others. Thomas loved God with his whole heart and he wasn't afraid to show it. He loved basketball, relaxing, working out, watching movies, good friends and good times. Thomas loved his family and friends deeply. He considered his friends to be family and it's obvious that he brought as much joy to their lives as they brought to his.
The family will be receiving family and friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Klein Funeral Home-Champions. The Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church-Klein at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment at Klein Memorial Park on F.M. 2920.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Squadron 2 Gators
Fund 2014-2015 at 505 University Drive East #502, College Station, Texas 77840, Attn: Katy Scott – please make checks payable to ""
"", Memo: ""In memory of Thomas Bratcher '17"" or www.gofundme.com/b282gs; or, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Basketball Team Fund at Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, Texas, 77840 - please make checks payable to ""Texas A&M Foundation"", Memo: ""In memory of Thomas Bratcher '17"".
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Published in Houston Chronicle on July 7, 2014