The Obit For Bob Brackens

Robert Joseph Brackens

Published in Roanoke Times on May 27, 2012

Robert Joseph "Bob" Brackens, 83, passed away on May 17, 2012, at his home in Princeton, W.Va. Happily, he died peacefully after suffering from congestive heart failure and dementia. His stepdaughter-in-law and caregiver, Melissa Elkins, and her daughter, Katie, were by his side.

Bob was born on September 29, 1928 in Covington, Va., the son of Mary and Sam Brackens. He was one of eight children. He attended Covington High School where he excelled in baseball and football. After graduation, he signed to play baseball with the Chicago Cubs. He played one season for the Elizabethton, Tenn. Cubs farm team.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Helen Trimble Brackens; and all but one of his siblings, Jim Brackens, of Charlottesville.

Additionally he is survived by his former wife, Sue Farmer; his two daughters, Lynn Ellen and Carolyn Leigh; numerous nieces and nephews including Melissa Elkins, Katie Riddle, Jessica Daniel, and Gregg Nelson; and seven grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

A private service will be held in Roanoke on June 24, 2012. Cards and gifts may be sent to Melissa Elkins, 1013 Ambrose Lane, Princeton, WV 24739.