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Burnelle Wall Brantley

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Burnelle Wall Brantley, 84, of Ruston passed away peacefully on November 1, 2015. She was born on August 3, 1931 in Logansport, Louisiana but spent the majority of her life as a resident of Ruston, Louisiana. The family will celebrate her life with visitation on Thursday, Nov. 5th from 5:00-7:00 PM at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and a private graveside service on Friday morning. She is preceded in death by her parents, Burr Wall and Bessie T. Wall, and her brother Edwin N. Wall. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Thomas E. Brantley; son, Dr. Thomas L. Brantley and wife Paulette of Cleveland, OH; son Richard G. Brantley and wife Rebecca of Ruston, LA; son William B. Brantley and wife Kelly of Ruston, LA; and son James E. Brantley and wife Jennifer of Bossier City, LA. Left to cherish her memory are grandchildren Sara Brantley of Ruston, LA; Madeline Brantley of Natchitoches, LA; Wes Brantley and wife Sarah of Shreveport, LA; Malinda Brantley of Charlottesville, VA; Lee Brantley of Las Vegas, NV; Raphael Semmes and wife Lauren of Bossier City, LA; Obadiah Semmes of Baton Rouge, LA; Steven Irby of Bossier City, LA; and Kenneth Irby of Bossier City, LA. In 1951, Mrs. Brantley graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and later completed a Master of Arts from the same institution. She continued her graduate studies with a Master of Library Science from Louisiana State University. Her professional career included being an elementary school teacher in Desoto, Rapides, and Lincoln parishes and many years as a Reference Librarian for the Prescott Memorial Library at Louisiana Tech University. After retirement from the Tech Library, she and her husband traveled widely throughout the United States and abroad to such countries as Germany, England, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada. A favorite destination for them was Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Mrs. Brantley was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Ruston and was active in numerous church groups. For many years, she served as a Board Member of the Lincoln Parish Library, was a dedicated volunteer for the church library, and served as a Pink Lady at the hospital. She enjoyed being active in bridge and investment clubs, as well as having an avid interest in reading mystery novels, solving crossword puzzles and gardening.
Donations in her memory may be made to one of the following: First Baptist Church of Ruston Library, Prescott Memorial Library at Louisiana Tech University, Lincoln Parish Library or a charity of your choice. The family would like to express its appreciation to the staff of the Russ Place, the Terrace, Angel Care, and Premier Hospice. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com

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