Harrell E. Bratton, 96, of Mount Carmel, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab surrounded by his loving family.

Harrell was born Monday, Nov. 15, 1920, in Christopher, Illinois, the son of Herbert and Millie (Leathers) Bratton. He married Elizabeth K. Whitsitt April 19, 1941, in St. Louis. She preceded him in death Dec. 16, 2000.

He was an active member of Heartland Worship Center. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the VFW.

He was the owner operator of the Bellmont Cash Store. Harrell’s favorite pastime above all was spending time with his family and friends. He could make conversation with anyone, whether selling an item at the store or entertaining his grand, great or great-great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memories are his daughter Linda (Kenneth) Moody, daughter-in-law Kathleen Bratton; grandchildren, Sherri (Don) Speth, Kristi (Jeff) Perry, Michael (Brenda) Bratton, David Bratton; great-grandchildren Haley (Drake) Kelsey, Natalie Perry, Lexi Speth, Karina Speth, Braden Bratton, Tyler Bratton; great-great-grandchildren, Kaysen, Kyntlee and Kash Kelsey; and sister, Leota Blazier of Alton, Illinois.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife of 59 years, Elizabeth; son H. Dean Bratton; and sisters Fern Winters and Veirda Stokes.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. and  Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, starting 11 a.m. until the time of the service at Heartland Worship Center.

Funeral service for Mr. Bratton will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 1, 2017, at Heartland Worship Center, 212 W. Second St., Mount Carmel. Burial will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Heartland Worship Center Mission Fund. Envelopes will be available or can be mailed to the funeral home or the church.

Condolences may be made online at

Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Harrell’s family.

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