On July 25, 2022, Earl Brady went home to be with Jesus and his loving wife Nan Brady. Earl was born on July 2, 1935 to Lewis and Esta Brady in Hammond, Indiana. At a young age, Earl had a passion for roller skating, dance, and gymnastics. When he was 10 years old, he was able to dance in a Broadway play.
At the age of 18, Earl decided to leave home and move to California, but he never made it there. Instead, Earl met the love of his life, Nan Kennard, and they would spend their journey together in Bethany, Oklahoma. Nan and Earl shared a passion for roller skating and horses. This passion they passed down to their daughters and grandchildren. Shortly after meeting Nan, Earl decided to join the Army. He was a Parachute Ranger for the 82nd Airborne Division and he fought in the Korean War. Earl was offered a position with the CIA and FBI, but he gladly declined. He knew he wanted to be a husband to Nan and start a family. Nan and Earl married October 11, 1959. Nan gave birth to three daughters, Christy, Mitzy, and Tracy. His girls were the light of his life and they had him wrapped around their fingers. Earl owned a grocery store, "Brady's Market," where he worked long days to support his family. During the summer, Nan would gather up her girls, nieces, and nephews and they would have wonderful adventures. One of their favorites was to go to Lake Thunderbird. Earl would close the store and meet them at the lake. They would fish on their boat all night and Earl would open the store the next morning.
God spoke to Earl in 1993 about starting a prison ministry called "Disciples of His." Earl drove hundreds, if not thousands of miles each week traveling to different prisons across Oklahoma. When Earl was not preaching, he was managing the family farm and helping raise his 5 grandkids, Lacy, Michael, Jonathan, Kody, and Jesse. Earl baptized each of his grandkids and one great-grandson and performed numerous wedding ceremonies for friends and family. Earl was a wise, Godly man and he was respected by many people. He became a surrogate grandfather, father-figure and friend to anyone in his life by being there and helping them in anyway he could and never expected anything in return.
In 2007, he became a great-grandpa; this was his favorite role of all. His buddy, Kendrick was born. There a bond between them that most great-grandpa's don't get to experience. He picked him up every day from school. There were many talks, many
sleepovers, and whole lot of basketball. After 8 years Earl was blessed with more great-grandkids: Adalynn, Gracie, Kanyn, Kynnadi, and baby Kolter. Nan and Earl had a life everyone strives to have. They showed their family how to love by the way they loved each other, the Lord, and everyone around them.
Earl is survived by his three daughters, Christy Dixon, Mitzy Brockhoff, and Tracy Jones and husband Kevin; 5 grandkids, Lacy Curtis and husband Allen, Michael Hau, Jonathan Smith, Kody Jones and wife Ashlynn, and Jesse Jones; his 6 great-grandchildren, Kendrick, Adalynn, Gracie, Kanyn, Kynnadi, and Kolter; sister in law Jimmie Kennard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Earl Brady's life will be honored with a visitation on Monday, August 1st, 2022 from 4 - 8 PM at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 at 10 AM at the Council Road Baptist Church with burial to follow at Chapel Hill. Services are under the direction of Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary.
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