Rev. Orvel E. Brantley

Funeral services for Rev. Orvel E. Brantley, 89, of Abilene and formerly of Sweetwater, will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Lamar Street Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Cox and Rev. Keith Clifton officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 2013, at McCoy Funeral Home, located at 401 E. Third Street in Sweetwater.Brantley died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. He was born April 2, 1923, in Godley, TX. He married Marcella Geneva Clevinger on Feb. 14, 1945, in Ft. Worth. Rev. Brantley was a minister all of his working life. He was the pastor of Parkdale Baptist Garden of Eden Church in Ft. Worth, First Baptist Church in Rawlins, WY, First Baptist Church in Texico, NM, Second Baptist Church in Anton, TX, Bethel Baptist Church in Plainview, TX, First Baptist Church in Roby, TX, Lamar Street Baptist Church (29 years), Trinity Baptist Church and Avondale Baptist Church, all in Sweetwater. He also was interim pastor for several other area churches after his retirement. He had lived in Sweetwater since 1969 and in Abilene the past two years. The family wants to thank Dr. Clevis Parker and Hendrick Hospice Nurses for their special care. Survivors include his son, Michael Ray Brantley and wife Anita of Abilene; daughter, Nancy Ann Simpson and husband Jay of Lubbock; four sisters, Joyce Perkins of Ft. Worth, Billie Bowles of El Paso, Vera Cox of Bartlesville, Okla. and Margaret Murphy of Sulphur Springs; two brothers, Homer Brantley of Sulphur Springs and Lester Brantley of Ft. Worth; four grandchildren, Kevin Simpson and wife Jessica, Heather Renee Simpson, April Sheree Degnan and husband Tommy and Vanessa Marie Singleton; four great-grandchildren, Matthew Hunter Simpson, Megan Claire Simpson, Marcella Degnan and Michael Singleton.He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella Brantley on Dec. 6, 2004; and three sisters; and two brothers.Pallbearers will be Danny Stevens, Raymond Lambert, Norman Massey, Jimmy Davis, Randy Hanes and Dwight Gunn.Online condolences may be expressed at