Dateline: March 4, 2004
P. Braswell of Kerrville, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2004, at his
Braswell was born March 17, 1910, in Dallas.
He moved to Clarendon during World War I where his father, Sam M.
Braswell, published a newspaper for many years. After graduating from high school, he attended Clarendon
College and the University of Texas.
At the University of Texas, he played collegiate baseball and
tennis. One of the most
memorable baseball games was a scrimmage against Babe Ruth and the New
August 10, 1930, Sam P. married Cecelia Atteberry. Their son Sam Harben Braswell was born July 16, 1931, in
Pampa. In the fall of 1936,
the Braswell family moved to Kerrville and joined the production staff at
the Kerrville Mountain Sun, owned by Mrs. W.A. Salter. Sam P. was employed in Kerrville until 1941.
1941, Sam and Cecelia moved to Winnsboro to operate the Winnsboro Weekly
News in the absence of the publisher, who was called to serve our country
during World War II. In 1944,
the Braswells had an opportunity to purchase the Coleman Democratic-Voice
newspaper. So they were on
the move again. In 1947, they
converted the weekly paper to a daily newspaper.
to the desire to return to the Hill Country in 1948, the Braswells
purchased a co-ownership interest with G. Rankin Starkey in the Kerrville
Times. Three years later in
March of 1951, the paper was converted from a weekly paper to a daily
newspaper, going to the name it is known as today, The Kerrville Daily
Times. The Braswell interest in The Times was sold in 1955.
P. Braswell became The Victoria Advocate’s (Texas’ second oldest
newspaper) associate manager for the first five years.
During this time, his wife Cecelia served in the advertising
to Kerrville in 1960, the family purchased the Fine Printing Co. from
Haskell Fine and constructed a building on Junction Highway to house the
expanding business. The name
was changed to Braswell Printing Company and now is known as ADCO
Advertising and Printing owned by Sam H. and Betty Braswell.
In 1977, Sam
enjoyed the next 12 years in Chas. Schreiner Bank in downtown Kerrville as
their public relations representative while Cecelia was employed in the
advertising department and helped with the Schreiner Ladies Club.
enjoyed a minor role in politics when the late Texas Governor Allan
Shivers appointed the elder Braswell to a seven-member task force to
develop what is now known as the Texas Commission on Higher Education.
He was an associate to the former State Representative and Texas
Railroad Commissioner Jim Nugent as well as a Kerr County consultant and a
friend of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
include his wife of 73 years, Cecelia Braswell; a son, Sam Harben Braswell
and his wife Betty Jean of Kerrville; three grandchildren: Samuel Lynn
Braswell and his wife Rebecca Ann of San Antonio/Kerrville; Carol Denise
Bernhard and her husband Robert Carlton of Austin; and Robin Aileen Perrin
and her husband John Eric of Birresdorf, Germany; a niece, Margaret Woods
of Youngstown, Ohio; and six great grandchildren: Samuel Taylor Braswell,
Andrew Phillip Braswell, Megan Leigh Brenhard, Ryan David Perrin, Ashton
Elise Perrin, and Emma Renee Perrin.
were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2004, at Grimes Funeral
Chapels in Kerrville.
arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
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