Jodie Ross Embrey, age 77, of Brownwood, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007, at Oak Ridge Manor. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Rick Davis officiating. Visitation was held from 7-8:30 on Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Jodie was born on Sept. 9, 1930, in Brownwood to Myron H. and Jewel Milhollen Embrey. He attended Brownwood schools and graduated from Brownwood High School in 1948 where he was a captain on the football team. He married Molly Ross Embrey on Feb. 11, 1951, in Comanche. Jodie’s main goal in life was to see his children receive a college education, so this was a significant achievement for both him and Molly. Jodie was completely devoted to his Lord, his wife of 56 years, his children, and grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a 32nd-degree Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Molly; a son Dr. Jeffrey R. Embrey and wife Patsie of Irving; a daughter, Quay Bratton and husband Jerry of Coppell; and four grandchildren, Andy and Kiley Bratton, and Walker and Shelbie Embrey.

Jodie is also survived by a brother, Boley Bart Embrey and wife Raye Ann of Midland; a sister-in-law, Judy Embrey of Austin; two brothers-in-law, Charles Snell of San Antonio and John A. Ross, of Waco; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; Tully H. Embrey; and a sister, Myronna Snell.

Jodie served in the Texas National Guard from 1952-1955 with a rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

In his early years, he worked for the Brownwood Bulletin as the sports editor. From there he served as Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Brownwood. He contributed to the beginning Little League Baseball in Brownwood. He touched the lives of many young boys and their families by sponsoring and coaching several Little League teams.

Later he worked as an insurance adjustor with Capps-Embrey Adjustment Company. Jodie valued his 20-year partnership with the late James C. Capps. He also enjoyed a partnership with Bob Dunn and the late Roger Sweeney when they purchased Palace Drug for a period of six years. The Palace was a favorite place for groups to gather over coffee to discuss politics, sports, and local happenings.

For 10 years he traveled with several major oil companies as a petroleum landman leasing for oil, gas, coal, and copper in Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He retired to ranching and raising registered Beefmaster cattle in partnership with his son, Jeff.

His grandchildren had so much fun going to the farm at Thrifty with their Papa Joe.

Jodie will be remembered by many friends for his Christian values, his fine business ethics, and his unconditional love for his family.

His memory may be honored with a gift to the Television Ministry of First Baptist Church, 208 Austin Ave., Brownwood, TX 76801.

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