Bill BrantleyOctober 5th, 2019 | Paid Obituary
William Henry Brantley, known for the past 52 years as "Bill," left behind a life that had become more pain than pleasure, when he went to his eternal home in the early hours of Thursday morning, October 3, 2019. From the local hospital that had become his second home, he listened as Janet told, one last time, the story of how they met, and family members reluctantly let him go. Bill was a Christian, a retired millwright, and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Janet Brown Brantley of Fouke, one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Tricia Brantley of Atlanta, Texas, one daughter, Willa Brantley of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, three grandchildren, Keaton Brantley, Tyler Brantley, and Abbi Cooney, four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Imogene Shackleford of Haynesville, Louisiana, Betty Landes of Indiana, Georgia and Stanley Rhodes of Delight, Arkansas, and Billy Faye and Randy Ferguson of Hope, Arkansas, one brother, Milton Brantley, Jr. of Georgia, and one sister-in-law, Joy Brantley of Delight, Arkansas. A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 PM Sunday at the Texarkana Funeral Home Arkansas Chapel. Burial will be at Corinth Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 5-7 PM Saturday. Online registration is at www.texarkanafuneralhome.com Bill was born in Bodcaw, Arkansas, to Beulah and Milton Brantley, on the 14th day of January 1945. He was the fifth child born into a family of ten. The family moved to Hope, Arkansas, and Bill went to school there until he entered the Army in 1962 at the age of 17, after convincing his mother to sign papers for his underage entry into service. During basic training, he gained more than 25 pounds and increased his height by five inches. He received an honorable discharge upon the completion of his four years of service. He returned to Hope and went to work for the local Goodyear store just in time to miss being sent to the other side of the world to fight in Vietnam. He met the love of his life, Janet Gail Brown, on July 23, 1966. He always bragged that she had to make two trips to Hope to "catch" him, but the truth was, they both felt that jolt of electricity when they looked across that room and saw each other for the first time. They were married on June 9, 1967, just three weeks after Janet finished high school. From a rented duplex in Hope, they moved to Texarkana when Bill went to work as a mechanic for J.O. Day. A few months later, they moved to Fouke and began to think about starting a family. In 1969 they welcomed Doug into their small trailer, and in 1972 they completed their family when they brought Willa home. They raised their children and assorted dogs in Fouke and later Atlanta, Texas, while Bill took jobs at Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, then Cooper Tire, and finally his most permanent work home, International Paper, where he retired after twenty-six ("and a half") years of millwright service, mostly in the Woodyard. He answered many late-night calls to return to IP to repair one thing or another—mostly the tall cranes, with which he shared a love-hate relationship. In 1999 Bill and Janet built their retirement home in Fouke, on her parents' homestead. They spent the last twenty years of their life together on the farm, happily harvesting very little, since the birds, raccoons, and squirrels carried away most of their watermelons, apples, and other food crops. His most constant companion for fourteen of those years was a small black Scottie named Hamish, who never got the message that he was supposed to be Janet's dog.