The Morehead News
Charles "Chuck" Murray Brawner, 88, of Frankfort, passed away July 2, 2013.
He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Olive Hill, son of the late Ogden Offutt Brawner and Maude Jaynes Scott. He moved to Frankfort and graduated with the 1942 senior class at Frankfort High School.
He went on to join the Navy during WW II, serving as a pharmacy mate in New Caledonia, Philippines. After his discharge, Charles attended the University of Kentucky in the ROTC program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Charles married Carol Harrod and took his wife to Richland, Wash., where they both were employed by the Handford Atomic Energy Commission for 20 years. He was an active member of the labor union and chairman of the Richland Voters League.
Upon returning to Kentucky, Charles and Carol became talented businesspeople. They opened a Montgomery Ward Catalog Agency in Elizabethtown and went on to become owner/operators of Dairy Queen, formerly known as Burger Queen, of Nicholasville.
While in Nicholasville, he helped organize the first Jessamine County Jamboree. He became a yearly sponsor of the Future Farmers of America youth in raising cattle. He also was in partnership of thoroughbred racing for many years. The Brawners continued on the business path and became owners of several Dairy Queens before retiring to Cape Coral, Fla., where he was an active member of the Newcomers Club and Cape Coral Yacht Club.
Charles was a member of Frankfort VFW Post No. 4075 and a Kentucky Colonel. He was an avid reader and loved his rose garden and the Kentucky Wildcats. He also loved to fish, golf and talk about the Brawner family history.
He is the grandson of the late G. Murray Brawner and the great grandson of Alexander Goldsmith Brawner who built the barracks on Shelby Street, which leased them to the U.S. Government after the Civil War as a hospital for the Union troops. He has two commemorative bricks dedicated to him in front of the Historical Society.
He is survived by his three daughters, Jo A. Abbott of Lexington, Brenda McEntyre of Frankfort and Becky (Bill) Breeze of Maysville. Other survivors include his six grandchildren, Rheanna (Randy) Abbott-Emmons, Alana Breeze Abbott, Stacy Hellard, Bradley Kircher, Coleman (Britt Lee) Clark and Lori Clark; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his sister, Bobbie Jean Rovegno; special nephew, Steve Frazee; and a special cousin, Nora Lynn Riffe.
He was proceeded in death by his wife of 56 years, Carol Harrod Brawner; one brother, Roy Alec Brawner; and one sister, Marchetta Bowers.
Services were Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort with the Rev. Dawn Montgomery officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Frankfort Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bradley Kircher, Coleman Clark, Hunter Clark, David Smith, Conley Horn and Randy Emmons.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hospice of the Bluegrass, David Smith and Bill Breeze for the care and support.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are suggested to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 663 Teton Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601; or Franklin County Humane Society, 1041 Kentucky Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601.
Condolences may be made at www.harrodfunerals.com.