Brawley, Welburn "Jug"

Written by Steve Lauber.

Welburn “Jug” Brawley, 88, of Fayette, Ohio, died July 1, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare – Bryan Center in Bryan, Ohio.

He was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Burlington, Ohio, to the late Samuel Welburn and Eva (Rupp) Brawley. He married Jane L. Ford on April 21, 1946, in Fayette, and she survives.

Jug was a life-long resident of the Fayette area and graduated from Gorham Fayette High School. He served as a member of the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he earned a Purple Heart medal. He farmed for the majority of his life. He also delivered and applied lime for many area farmers and later hauled stone for the Fulton County Road Commission.

Jug served as a Gorham Township trustee for several terms and was a member of the Fayette American Legion. He enjoyed gardening and taking care of his farm. He and Jane attended the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples.

In addition to his wife, Jug is survived by a son, Judd (and Evangelina) Brawley of Archbold, Ohio; a daughter, Janis (and Tom) Morr of Bryan, Ohio; a sister, Mildred Stoner of Coldwater, Mich.; three grandchildren, Tamara (and Paul) Miller, Jim (and Terri) Morr, and Andy (and Laura) Morr; five great-grandchildren, Ian, Evan, Alex, Margo and Tara.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Brawley, and a great-grandson at birth, Weston Morr.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Rev. Gene Sugg officiating. Military interment will follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette with rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples or the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department.

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