BRACEWELL, Joe E., 70, retired lithographer, of Granger died Thursday. Visitation 4 p.m. today, Providence Funeral Home, Taylor. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Taylor Brethren Church. Burial Taylor City Cemetery.

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 4/28/2007.

Joe Bracewell passed away at home with family by his side on April 26th, after a 6 month battle with cancer. Joe resided in Texas all his civilian life; born in Madisonville, later settling in Austin, and retiring in the community of Circleville.

Please join us in celebrating Joe’s life. Visitation will be 4-7 PM Saturday, April 28th at Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos Parker Blvd NW, Taylor, TX. 76574. Funeral Services will be 3 PM Sunday, April 29th at the Taylor Brethren Church, 710 W. Sloan St., Taylor, TX. 76574 with Rev. James Hejl officiating. Burial will follow at the Taylor City Cemetery.

Joe is preceded in departure by his father and mother, Ernest and Clyde. Survivors include his wife, Alice; son, Jeff and his wife, Cathy; son Jody and his partner, Robyn; sister, Zelda Workman; brother, Ernest and his wife Margie; plus many nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law, who were all close to his heart.

With ink in his blood, after service in the Marine Corp, Joe started a printing apprenticeship in 1957 at the Austin American Statesman. Joe dedicated 41 years to the newspaper, while for several concurrent years acting as president of the Austin Typographical Union - always a determined champion of the underdog.

Long before his professional years, Joe played on the first organized little-league baseball team in Austin, initiating a love for the game that endured throughout his life. To Joe, the only thing more essential than tuning in to the evening "Stros" game was staying up late on the pier and fishing or just giving instructions on how to catch fish.

Joe was a lover of most dogs and a few cats. A father who not once was too busy to have a catch, wet a hook or talk shop. A loving husband whose devotion to the "light of his life" endured 45 years. A brother, uncle and friend whose silly, mostly true stories made us all laugh almost as loud as the storyteller himself.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Taylor Brethren Church Historical Fund.

Many thanks and much love to all the friends and family who supported us through the past months. Your kind gestures and warm thoughts have been and will continue to be a great source of strength.

Friends are invited to share their words of comfort in an online tribute at in memory of Joe Bracewell.