Archive for the ‘Mississippi’ Category

John T. Godley (M.B.A. ’52)

GODLEY, John Truett

Truett was born in Fort Worth Texas on 15 July 1920 while his Dad was in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Being a minister’s son, they moved many times, mostly in Louisiana and Mississippi. He considered Gulfport. Mississippi to be his hometown. The family moved to Bryan, TX the middle of his senior year and he graduated from Stephen F Austin High School. He was the oldest and last surviving child of Rev. John Monroe & Esther Watson Godley. Truett was named after George W. Truett, the first pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. During WWII , he served in the United States Navy . He met the love of his life, Nina Octavia Walker when they both worked at the Texas A & M Extension Service in College Station. Truett attended Texas A & M and received his Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree from the University of Houston. He spent most of his professional career working with Clint Murchison’s Tecon Corporation. Truett loved spending time with his family and friends, especially on the holidays. Truett is survived by daughters Linda Godley-Marroquin and Debbie Godley, son John Truett Godley, Jr., and his beloved grandson Zachary Alexander Godley Green, sisters in law Gladys Godley and Mildred King, as well as extended family and many close family friends. Please consider Memorial Contributions to Happy Hills Farm in Granbury, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo or the Animal Rescue of your choice. A memorial celebration of life will be held the Saturday after what would have been his 100th birthday, 15 July 2020.

Ms. Cierra Charmaine Bracero (’12)

Cierra Charmaine Bracero departed this life on Monday, December 23rd, 2019. She was born October 16, 1988 in Gulfport, MS to Ronald Brown and Anna Bracero. At an early age, Cierra attended Maranatha Seventh-Day Advantest Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. She attended Michael E. DeBakey High School in Houston, Texas. Cierra earned her undergraduate degree in Biology at University of Houston, graduating with the highest honors. She was employed as a server in the gaming industry at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Cierra was very bright, beautiful, witty, ambitious, loving, caring, a sharp shooter, and well-traveled. She loved people and found so much joy in serving others. Her fondness of caring for others led her on three philanthropic mission trips to Haiti. Some may venture to say that others benefited greatly from her work in Haiti, but the loving and caring Cierra would say that she benefited the most. She expanded her cultural awareness and even further developed her linguist lexicon. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Valda Bracero; and an aunt Jessica Harris. She leaves to cherish her memory her father, Ronald Brown(Tonsia); her mother, Anna Bracero(Ray); her daughter, Maya Rose Ava Smith; two brothers, Ronald and Rodrick Brown; her paternal grandparents, Larry Brown and Judy Taylor; an uncle, Jermaine Taylor; an aunt, Joselyn Benton; maternal grandparents, Luciano Bracero(Valda); her dearest uncle Charles Harris(Jessica) both of Gulfport, Mississippi; three aunts, Kim Hicks(Marshall), Mary Susan “Muffy” Hicks, Ingrid; an uncle, Jerome “Jerry” Hargrove(Samantha);three first cousins, Marshall Hicks, Crystal Hicks, Isaiah Jefferson; six additional cousins, Janay, Jewell, Jennifer, Jacobe, Jermaine, Jamari, and a host of relatives, friends and an extended family members.