Billy Joe (Bill) Brake

July 26, 1927May 21, 2016
Obituary of Billy Joe (Bill) Brake


Berry Funeral Home

Billy Joe Brake, 88, of Knoxville, a native of Dickson, passed away at NHC Fort Sanders on May 21, 2016. He was a member of Colonial Heights United Methodist Church where he was an usher for many years and a member of the Men's Club. He served in the Air Force with the 801st Medical Air Evac unit in Southern Japan during the Korean War. He owned Brake Drug Store in Seymour from 1962 until 1991 and continued to work as a pharmacist at Mugford Pharmacy until 2012. He enjoyed spending time the Smoky Mountains and reading about history. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Lena Brake; parents John & Kathryn Brake; and brother, Kenneth Wayne Brake. He is survived by his daughter, Laura Brake; son and daughter in-law, David & Brenda Brake; grandsons, Joshua and Jordan Brake; sister, Kolleen Hudgins Atwell; and several nieces. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Tuesday with the funeral service to follow at Berry Funeral Home Chapel on Chapman Highway. Rev. Daniel Ogle will officiate. Family and friends will meet at 9:45 am for the 10:00 am Graveside Service Wednesday at Lynnhurst Cemetery, 2300 Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN 37918. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mobile Meals at, Friends of the Smokies at, and Alzheimer’s Association at Condolences may be offered at

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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