William Robert Brackman, 69, of Sugar Grove passed away peacefully Feb. 9, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 28, 1953, at Clifton Forge, Virginia, the only child of the late Deward C. and Betty W. (Warnick) Brackman.
After graduating high school, Mr. Brackman attended Blue Ridge Community College pursuing a degree in police science. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1972-1974.
He had worked at Augusta Correctional Center in maintenance before moving to Sugar Grove where he then worked for Bowman Hardware in Franklin until his retirement.
He was always eager to help others with their projects or in any way that he was needed. He was passionate about caring for and supporting others, and he certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving his family. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him as he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
On April 9, 2009, he married his wife of 14 years, Rose Mary (Long) Brackman, who survives.
In addition to his wife, he leaves behind to cherish his memory two sons, William Brackman (Anita) of Churchville, Virginia, and David Brackman (Tonya) of Staunton, Virginia; a daughter, Cathy Hensley of Radford, Virginia; bonus children, David Allen Arbaugh (Wendy) of Sugar Grove, Troy Bennett (Missy) of Petersburg, Shelly Simmons (Donnie) of Hinton, Virginia, Todd Bennett of Circleville, Deborah Bennett of Fairmont, and Michael Arbaugh (Vickie) of Fulks Run, Virginia; grandchildren, Ashton Smith, Cole Brackman, Dawson Brackman, Grayson Hensley, Taylor Brackman and Jenna Brackman; many loving bonus grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his special fur-baby, “Milo.”
In honoring Mr. Brackman’s wishes, his body has been cremated.
A celebration of life service was held Tuesday in the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Pastor Sam Harper officiating. Military honors were conducted by the U.S. Army, Camp Dawson.
Memorials may be made to Sugar Grove Rescue Squad.
Memories of words and comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.
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