Joann Carolyn Agers-Bratcher
This is the story of Joann Carolyn Agers-Bratcher - Joann was a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. "Grandma," as she liked to be called by her grandchildren, "Honey," as she was called by her nephew, was an amazing wife, mother, daughter, and friend.
Joann's story starts on July 12, 1940, (born on her Mother's Birthday) the second of 10 children born to Stanley and Johnnie Pearl Agers. Joann was born in Ardmore, OK, where she would spend her childhood, grow up, make many lifelong friends, and went to school. She attended Dunbar Elementary School and graduated from Douglas High School 1959.
Joann accepted Christ in her life at an early age. She joined, was baptized and a very active member of Corinth Baptist Church under the Leadership of Rev. C. M. Franks.
Joann joined the United States Navy, February 8, 1960, where she trained to be a Dental Technician. After a short stint in the Navy she met and married Percy E. Richard. In 1961, after their son Michael was born, Joann and Percy moved their family to the "big city" of St. Louis, MO. While in St. Louis, Joann worked as Youth Coordinator at the Children's Home, St. Louis Main Post Office, St. Louis Federal Building and retired after 30 years from the Social Security Administration. Joann also, received an Associate's degree in Sociology from Forest Park Community College, St. Louis.
On January 12, 1994, Joann was united in holy matrimony to Frank G. Bratcher. Joann truly loved the Lord, her husband and her family. Joann and Frank moved back to Ardmore, Ok, in 2005. Upon arrival back to Ardmore, Joann reunited with the Corinth Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Abraham Walton until her health began to fail. Joann's grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her heart and joy. There's no denying that, her grand babies as she called them, were the people that she loved the most. Time spent at Grandma's house was very special for her grand babies.
Joann fought a good fight, she finished her course, and she kept the faith, on Friday, February 12, 2021, at 4:00 am she received her wings. Loved ones that cleared the path for Joann are her Father and Mother Stanley and Johnnie Pearl Agers, (three Brothers) Stanley Agers, II, Donald W. Agers and Raymond Agers. (three Sisters) Betty Lou Agers, Evelyn Agers-Hornbeck and Phyllis Agers-Wells. Loved ones that will miss Joann until they meet again are her husband of 27 years Frank G. Bratcher; Son Michael, Daughter-in-Love Angela and Son Alfonso Bratcher. Grandchildren; Aaron, Brittany (Renaldo), Aysia, Brandon (Christine), Derrick, Xavier and Justice. Great- Grandchildren; Khamani, Khalaya, Brayden, Bradley, Skyler, Makhi, Zaya, Derrick, Jr., Brian, Bria, Brandon, Jr. and Britney. Sisters; Jeanette Hutchins, Grambling, LA, Virginia Perry(Kenneth), and Roberta Beird, Ardmore OK, Sister-in-Laws, Lou Von Agers, Ardmore, OK, Alma Kissel(Kenneth), St. Louis, MO, Brother-in Laws; Emmett Bradley (Lawanda), St. Louis, MO, James Hornbeak, Marietta, OK, God Brother; Pete Booker, St. Louis, MO. Very Special Cousin Dorothy Banks, Long Time Friends; Myra Mullins, DeWitt, AR and Minnie Morrow, St. Louis, MO. Host of nieces, nephews, cousins, the Corinth Church Family and many friends.
The celebration of Joann's life will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021; beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel with Reverend Abraham Walton, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Due to the Covid-19, those in attendance please wear a face covering and practice social distancing.
A time of visitation and support for the family will be held Friday evening from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services are entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory where words of comfort and condolences may be left for the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 17, 2021