Star athlete, war hero and a vocal Georgetown College supporter, Billy Kenneth Brannock, 91, died Friday after a long illness.
Brannock died just days after Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather declared Nov. 19 Billy Brannock Day in recognition of all he had done for the community and for Georgetown College. Dr. M. Dwaine Greene, GC president, presented Brannock with a certificate of appreciation during the ceremony.
“Whereas Mr. Brannock served as a scout and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and other military engagements in World War II, and where as he was able to return to the United States and was awarded three bronze stars and a Good Conduct Medal, and whereas he continued to honor those that served with him by continuing a devotion at home,” Prather read the proclamation.
As a high school student Brannock is believed to be the first first-team All-State football player from Georgetown, recognized by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Brannock was drafted at 18 and fought in the Ardennes Forest, the Battle of the Bulge and the Siegfried Line in World War II.
After the war, Brannock became a teacher and coach. During the 1960s, Brannock created a disciplinary program and dropout program for Jefferson County Schools System that became a model for other school systems. The dropout program was recognized by then Vice President Hubert Humphrey who wrote a letter thanking Brannock.
He later established the Market Street Neighborhood House in Louisville and was recognized in 1968 as Louisville’s “Volunteer of the Year.” He founded Community Living, Inc. to help adults with mental retardation to live independently and with dignity. He also taught at Pee Wee Valley Women’s Prison.
Returning home to Scott County, Brannock served as president of Quest Farm, a working farm for adults with development issues. He also served as chairman of Georgetown first Board of Ethics.
One of Brannock’s greatest loves was Georgetown College where he sold memorial bronze plaques raising almost $1 million for the college.
“Billy has been a devoted and involved member of the Georgetown College family since his undergraduate days, “ Greene said adding Brannock was “…a faithful alumnus and effective member of the Development Staff.”
Brannock supported his wife, Carol Jean, who founded Georgetown Community Theater in 2000. Carol Brannock died earlier this year.
At press time funeral arrangements were pending.
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