It is with great sadness that the family of Marion S. Brantley, Jr. announces his passing on May 2, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL., he was 84 years old. He was admitted into the hospital on May 28th, for an unknown medical emergency, diagnosed as a brain bleed, which ultimately led to his quick demise.
Marion will be remembered by his loving wife of 61 years, Karen and his son, Marion S. “Sandy” Brantley III, daughter, Teresa B. Trudeau, son-in-law, Jay Trudeau. Marion’s four grandchildren, Evan, Dustin, Dylan and Rylea, who will each cherish memories of their “Papaw” with no doubt, varying degrees of humorous to grumpiness.
Marion is also lovingly survived by his brother Walter Francis Brantley and his half-sister, Marion B. Stabler. Marion was born and raised in Durant, Mississippi attended Durant Public Schools and graduated with a B.S. in Science Degree from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.
Marion served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1955 as a Hospital Corpsman. He retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs with 25 years Civil Service.
Marion was a longtime member of Austin Healey Club of America, Austin Healey Club USA, Tampa Bay British Car Club and Tampa Bay Austin Healey Club. He was one of the early/ founding Members of the “modern” Concours Committee and contributed much to forming how judging would be handled. He served as the Chief Judge at many Healey Concours around the Country. His passion was driving and attending Healey events, covering the entire United States and parts of Canada.
“Healeyites” have lost a true patriot.
In solace, we all can rest assured, he is now enjoying his Healey rides - without those all-too-frequent “roadside tech sessions”.
Should friends desire, the family requests you make a donation to the charity of your choice.