Mike (PaPa) Brady, age 73, of Burkett, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at his residence.
Funeral service were held 3:00PM, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with David Wallace officiating. Congregational singing was led by Russell Gould and Carl Hooper. Interment was in the Burkett Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Coleman.
He was born Michael Wayne Brady on October 3, 1943, in Amarillo, Texas, the son of Barney Brady and Myra Lloyd Brady, but was always known as Mike, and later as PaPa. He grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he graduated from high school. He then attended Abilene Christian University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Mr. Brady was a well-loved band director in the many schools where he served, including Rotan, Paducah, Comanche, Graham, Cisco, Jim Ned, Hamlin, and Robert Lee, teaching band for over 40 years. He was the band director for Coleman ISD for 17 years and retired to his home in Coleman County. On November 24, 1990 he married Linda Gould in Early and they have celebrated almost 27 years of marriage. He was affiliated with the Texas Music Education Association, Texas Band Masters Association and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Brady of Burkett; children, Kimberly Schautz and husband Dawson of The Woodlands, Kelly Brady and wife Faith of Mississippi, Kory Brady of Austin, Melinda Bledsoe of Burkett, Jacky Dodgen and wife Jamie of Burkett; grandchildren, Stephannie Bledsoe ("Sugar Bear"), Colton Bledsoe, Nick Dodgen, Alex Dodgen ("Ali Poo"), Theresa Jackson, William Trammell, Brady Schnautz, Brandon Schnautz, Savannah Brady, Sarah Brady; great-grandchildren, Patrishia and Tommy.
Memorials may be made to the Mike Brady Scholarship Fund, c/o CCSB, P. O. Box 940, Coleman, Texas 76834, Burkett Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 356, Burkett, Texas 76828 or the Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 324, Burkett, Texas 76828.