James W. Bratten Jr. "BUBBA"

August 22, 1945May 10, 2014
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James “Jim” W. Bratten, Jr. aka: “BUBBA”, 68, of Pittsville passed Saturday, May 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by the love of his life Lydia and his children. Born August 22, 1945 he was preceded in death by his parents James W. Bratten, Sr. and Evelyn Powell Bratten. Jim attended Pittsville High School and then served in the United States Army National Guard. He worked with thoroughbred horses at Riddle Farm and Winfields Farms as a handler and groomer. He worked with the 1964 Kentucky Derby Winner Northern Dancer and many other champions. He later worked at the Feed and Grain Mill for Perdue for eighteen years. He retired from Adkins Co. where he worked as a truck driver and delivery man for twenty years. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and a diehard Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and NASCAR fan. He was an honorary Wicomico County Deputy Sherriff and a past member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lydia Bratten; five children, Diane Basner, Harry (Crystal) Kinsell, Lydia Kinsell, James W. Bratten, IV, and James W. Bratten, III; six grandchildren, Dana (Jason) Basner, Dominic Kurtz, Tyler Kinsell, Stephen James Kurtz, Tori Kinsell, and Dustin Bratten; his dog who was like a son, Blizzard “Mr. Boogles” Bratten; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son-in-law, Glenn Basner, brother, William H. Bratten; sisters, Gale Sue Bratten and Ellen Parker; mother-in-law, Melba J. Price; and sister-in-law, Dottie Herbert. The family would like to thank his two special nurses, Jeneen and Jonelle for all of the care given to Bubba. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 1PM at Bounds Funeral Home on East Main Street in Salisbury. Rev. Tom Bunting will officiate. Interment will follow in Pittsville Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 6PM-8PM and Saturday from 12PM-1PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Bubba to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.


  • Visitation Friday, May 16, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 17, 2014

James W. Bratten Jr. "BUBBA"

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June 6, 2014

Blitz Bratten

June 5, 2014

I miss you daddy!! I wuff you!!!
your son,
"Mr. Boogles"

Lydia Kinsell

June 5, 2014

Daddy, I miss you so much. There's not a moment that goes by that Im not thinking about you... I miss you greeting me when I walk through the door in the evening, but I know your with me in spirit... until we meet again someday. you will always be my daddy....I love you!

Lydia Kinsell

June 5, 2014

Joyce Durham

June 3, 2014

Remembering Mr. James, when he would be waiting in The Country House parking lot for Lydia to get off work. I would wave to him as I left and sometime give him a cupcake or cookie left over from our goodies.,he would smile.

Stephen James Kurtz

May 31, 2014

My grandfather was the best man I ever knew!! He knew how to get you to smile and he was always there's for me and my brother. I love him like a father. And he will always be in my heart.

Chrissy(& JW) Theodore

May 16, 2014

sure gonna miss ya & our "special" times together(watching westerns & cleaning the pool,no ruff housing, remember?)Never knew anyone like ya, you were my second dad. We'll see each other again & ya big lug you better have a big fluffy cloud for me to land on or we're gonna have words.

Linda & Gary Cornelius

May 15, 2014

So sorry for your loss. We are praying for strength for all of you in this time of sorrow. Your faith in the Lord will see you thru and your church family will be here for you. Hold on to knowing you will see him again in Heaven. Sending you our love and prayers.

Ken & Pat Pusey

May 15, 2014

Lydia and kids,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Suzy Thomas

May 14, 2014

You are all in my prayers. Thank God that you have such a strong relationship with our Lord. And we know we are all precious in his eyes, and he will be by your side as you travel the upcoming road.