Paul was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., in 1933. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 where he spent 21 years and then retired. He then attended Mississippi State University where he received double master’s degrees. In 1985, after holding numerous positions in numerous states, he moved to Cleveland where he remained until he retired in 1997 from Delta State University. In 2006, he relocated to Willard, Mo.
Paul is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mattie (Jones) and Robert Brackin; and six siblings.
Paul is survived by his wife, Carolyn Brackin; his sons, Paul Jason Brackin of Dalton City, Ill., and Bill Brackin of Willard, Mo.; his daughter, Jennifer Alesium of Wonder Lake, Ill.; and his step-daughters Tabitha Hayes of Duck Hill and Katie Caswell of Cleveland; eight grandchildren, nine siblings and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014, at noon at the Brackin Farm, 18631 Hwy 95, Wasola, MO 65773. This will be an informal event and all are welcome that would like to attend.