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Zachary Taylor BRADDY

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Zachary Taylor Braddy

EMDEN, IL - Zachary Taylor Braddy, 18, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia.

Born Aug. 16, 1995, in Centralia, he was the son of Kevin H. and Angela (Boatman) Braddy.

Zachary had just recently moved from his family home with his mother and stepfather in Emden to Bryon Manor in Centralia.

Though Zachary had multiple disabilities, he possessed a very outgoing spirit and never knew a stranger. He enjoyed being with his families and friends in both Emden and Salem.

Zachary loved his teachers, classmates and caretakers. He made many friends during his years attending school in Lincoln. Zachary enjoyed spending time at Christian Child Care with his Mom and the many children of all ages there. He enjoyed Sunday school and church services. Zachary enjoyed spending time with his grandparents and loved the way Grandpa Boatman could make him laugh. He loved petting and cuddling with "Julian" the family's pet cat.

Zach especially liked his younger brother and sister pushing him around in his wheelchair as he expressed abundant laughter. He enjoyed hearing his older sisters sing and his brother play the drums. He liked watching cartoons, listening to music, swimming and was especially fond of balloons; many balloons. He loved the sound of anything motorized and especially liked trucks, both real and toy, which included spending time at the Iuka Fire Station with the firetrucks that his Dad served on.

He was a St. Louis Cardinal fan. Watching football with his Dad was a special moment for both father and son.

Zachary is survived by his parents, Angela (Boatman) and Lee Reiners, and Kevin and Lacey (Middleton) Braddy. Also surviving are two brothers, Andrew of Salem, Ill., and Jesse Reiners of Atlanta, Ill.; three sisters: Makayla of Salem, Ill., Emily Reiners of Warrensburg, Ill., and Elizabeth Reiners of Atlanta, Ill.; grandparents, Larry and Linda Braddy of Walnut Hill, Ill., Paul and Mary Boatman of Lincoln, Ill., and Mark and Della Middleton of Kinmundy, Ill.; great-grandparents, Carroll and Arletha Crain of Kinmundy, Ill.; his nephew, Jaxson McMullen of Atlanta, Ill.; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by grandparents: John and Alta Braddy, Joe and Nancy Middleton, Bill and "Grandma Ginny" Strong, Cleo and Ruth Reiners, Robert and Stella Kinney and Russell and Lutie Boatman.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at the Rankin Funeral Home in Salem with Bill Cash officiating. Visitation will occur one hour before the service. Burial will follow at the Summit Prairie Cemetery.

A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at the Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln, Ill., at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Dr. Tom Ewald will officiate. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to the Carol Jo Vecchie Women and Children's Center at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Ill.

Published in The Lincoln Courier on Sept. 5, 2013
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