Henry Sonny Brumleve(1932 - 2014)

BRUMLEVE Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Henry Sonny Brumleve, 81, of Jacksonville, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 17, 2014 at his home after a long battle with cancer. Sonny was born in Louisville, KY on November 9th, 1932 and had a lifelong love of horse racing that began with his mother taking him to his first race at 11 years old. When he wasn't at the track, he was coaching on a softball field taking his team to two national championships and eventually being inducted into the Metro Louisville A.S.A. Hall of Fame. Sonny served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. In the early 1960's, Sonny started work for L&N Railroad before moving to Jacksonville with their new parent company, CSX, in 1984 and eventually retiring in 1994 after 30+ years in the industry. His love for horse racing continued in Florida as you could often hear him say I'm going to work, which involved a full day at the local OTB. Other passions included sports such as the Jaguars, Louisville Cardinals, PGA and could be regularly seen at the local VFW. Sonny was a dedicated family man who is survived by his wife, Martha (Marti), and a blended family with sons, Mike Brumleve (Valerie), Robert Baker (Diana), Jim Wooley (Joyce), daughters Mary Albanese (Chuck), Melissa Ballard (Butch), and Jo Stirrett. 9 grandchildren, Blythe, Brian, Jon, Jade, Casey, Elizabeth, Jack, Tommy, Jacob and Noah. And one great-grandchild, Makenzie Grace. A Mass will be conducted in his honor on August 14th at 2pm. It will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church at the beaches with reception immediately following. Sonny always said For 10% more, you can go first class and called his signature bourbon drink, The nectar of the Gods. Here's hoping he's now riding first class and drinking his infamous concoction with that infectious laugh everyone always loved.

Published in the Florida Times-Union on July 29, 2014