William Howell Brady, affectionately known as “Chief” was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, to Virgil and Ella Mae Brady on June 30, 1935.


William Howell Brady, affectionately known as “Chief” was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, to Virgil and Ella Mae Brady on June 30, 1935. 

 

Chief passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012, in Oklahoma City Mercy Hospital from the effects of West Nile Virus.  He was 77 years young. 

 

A celebration service of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012 at Crystal Rock Cathedral, Ardmore, Oklahoma, Brother John Harris and Brother Walt Spradlin officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Healdton, Oklahoma. The family will receive friends at Roberts Funeral Home, Healdton, today from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

Bill graduated from Dundee High School in 1954. He attended Murray State College in Tishomingo and then East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. 

 

Bill married the love of his life Naomi Ruth Hance, on June 3, 1955. They celebrated and shared 57 years together.  Healdton was their home and where they chose to build and raise their family. He raised five children, Mike, Jana, David, Bill Dan, and Beth Ann and instilled in them his passion for life and the love of family. Through his kids he had 14 grandchildren, four step grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Chief had a special relationship with each one of his grandchildren and an uncanny ability to make each one of them feel like the most important person on earth. He had a gift of compassion and understanding and how to speak hope in to each child and encourage their dreams. 

 

Bill bought his first welding truck in 1958, a one ton Ford with a Lincoln welder. Little did he know that this was the beginning of what would become Brady Welding and Machine, Inc. and Brady Crane Services. He worked passionately in the oil field always with hard work and determination. His vision and powerful work ethic provided careers for many people in Southern Oklahoma. He appreciated all of his employees through the years and considered them associates and friends.

 

Bill’s passions in his later years were spent farming and ranching on his ranch in Healdton. He enjoyed spending time with his ranch foreman Jed Jones and his dog Rowdy. The daily visits to the post office and Grasshopper Diner were an important part of his daily routine. 

 

He believed in honesty and integrity in all things. He offered his example to us in how he approached life every day.  He never pushed anyone into his way of doing things but lots chose to follow. May God continue to reveal the light of his example as we continue on with life’s daily tasks. 

 

Chief’s hobbies included spending time at the lake with his family and friends, the July 4th family celebration and fireworks show, fishing, pheasant hunting in South Dakota, Texas Rangers Baseball and most of all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He and Naomi loved their sporting events and attended them all. He leaves his “tribe” with a powerful example of how to live life to the fullest. 

 

He was also a longtime member of the Healdton Assembly of God. 

 

Preceding him in death were his parents, Virgil and Ella Mae Brady.

 

His survivors include: his wife Naomi; children, Mike and Julie Brady, Jana and Wayne Fish, David and Pamela Brady, Bill Dan and Shannon Brady, Beth Ann and Mike Robertson; 18 grandchildren, Justin and Kelly Brady, Blake and KelliBrooke Brady, Jennifer and Jeff Munholland, Brittani and Randy Johnson, Taylor and Zach Stewart, Jared and Daryn Brady, Kaili Strange, Natalie and Juston Norman, Bradi Strange, Martin Brady, Chase Freeman, Cale Freeman, Kadan Brady, Casey Freeman, Johnathon Fish, Stephen and Courtney Fish, Derek Robertson, Tanner Robertson, and Jed Jones; nine great-grandchildren, Aimery Brady, Parker Johnson, Jack Brady, Peyton Stewart, Ella Munholland, Kinley Johnson, Presley Johnson, Maddox Stewart and Gunner Norman, sisters, Virginia and Ronald Duke, Linda and Lyn Loven; and his daily companion, Rowdy; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. 

 

All will miss his gentle touch and strong spirit, but in the words of Chief “It’s all good.” and “I appreciate you all.”

 

Pallbearers include all of his grandsons, Justin Brady, Blake Brady, Jared Brady, Martin Brady, Chase Freeman, Cale Freeman, Casey Freeman, Juston Norman, Zach Stewart, Jeff Munholland, Randy Johnson, Jed Jones.

 

Honorary Pallbearers include: Otis Blakemore, Nub Sullivan, Pat Thompson, Dr. Stephen Treadwell, Don Baker, John Perdue, Charlie Rogez and Dundee classmates of 1954.   

 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill’s name to: Baptist Children’s Home, 13976 Anthony Lane, Madill, Ok 73446.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.robertsfuneralhomes.us.