Grover H. Bratcher

December 2, 1913 - September 12, 2002







The Norman Transcript
September 14, 2002


Grover H. Bratcher, 88 of Norman, died Thursday Sept. 12 in Dallas. Visitation will be Sunday at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bethel Baptist Church in Norman with the Rev. James C. Ehrlich officiating. Burial will follow at the Norman IOOF Cemetary. Havenbrook Funeral Homes is handling arrangements.

Mr. Bratcher was born Dec.2, 1913 in Prairie Valley to Marshall Houstan and Sara Amanda Horton Bratcher. He graduated from Ardmore High School in 1931 and received a bachelor's degree from Southeastern University and a master's degree and hours toward a doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was an Oklahoma teacher, prinipal and superintendent of schools for 43 years. He moved to Norman, whwre he taught the last 20 years of his career. He was Norman Central Junior High principal for 12 years before working for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, where he was in charge of innovative programs. He retired in 1979. He enjoyed people and working with students, especially in music. He was involved in community and civic work, served on the Norman Board of Reeves Park and was president of the Norman Kiwanis Club in 1969. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Norman and was also a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Mr. Bratcher was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Clura Lewis, Mary Hester Reed and Lillian Adams; and brother, Reubert Bratcher.

Mr. Bratcher is survived by his wife, Sidelle Young Bratcher of the home; daughters, Karen Beecham and her husband, Roger of Coppell, Texas and Mary Morrow and her husband, Don of Yukon; grandchildren, Matthew Beecham and his wife, Rachel Venn, Rachel Amanda Beecham, David Affentranger, Michael Hardwick and Jenny Hardwick; and many other family members and friends.

Bearers will be Matthew Beecham, David Affentranger, Micahel Hardwick and Don James and Tom Young. Honorary bearers will be Harvey Albright, Gary Adams, Joe Reed and members of the Josh Lee Sunday school class at First Baptist Church.




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