James "Buddy" Brantley

December 6, 1937June 24, 2019
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On December 6th 1937 Joe and Mary Lou Brantley welcomed their newborn son into their loving arms as he entered this world. They repeated this action on Monday June 24th 2019 at 12:30pm as they welcomed their adult son into eternity after exhaling his last earthly breath. He was 81 years old. James Eddie Brantley, nicknamed “buddy” by his parents because he was a friend and pal to so many during his younger years. A nickname that his nieces and nephews would continue to this day. As a youngster, he grew up and attended school in Americus, Georgia. Later relocating to Hartford, Connecticut to further his education. It was during his stay in Connecticut that he met and courted the love of his life, Marquita. The two would later form a blessed union lasting a joyous fifty-two years. James confessed Christ as a youngster and remained an avid church goer until his passing.

After relocating to Michigan, James was employed by General Motors Company. His unwavering commitment to GMC lasted an astonishing 34 years; retiring in 2000. James was a certified tool and dye maker. He was a master at home improvement; using his incredible skills to renovate homes and improve the lives of others. James Brantley was a remarkable provider for his family.

Retirement afforded James the opportunity to relocate one last time. He and his wife moved to Georgia where he embraced the opportunity to influence the lives of his two adorable granddaughters by sharing his wisdom and life experiences. He encouraged them to work hard, study hard, strive for greatness and be respectful of authority. He was a man of great physical stature and considerable character. He was brave, strong and the most courageous man.

In retirement, James and his beautiful wife traveled annually with friends enjoying the blessings of God and seeing the world. He loved life as much as he loved golf. He played golf almost daily with his buddies Nesbut, Stan, Bill, Ray and Peter just to name a few. James traveled from state to state playing golf and reaping the benefits of his extraordinary skills by winning several awards and trophies.

James Brantley is preceded in death by his parents; Joe and Mary Lou Brantley; two Sisters Elizabeth Bowen (Willie Henry), Lorene Bates (Eugene), Brothers-In-Law William Pearson and Al Bringier. He is survived by his Wife Marquita Brantley, Son Mark Brantley (Cislyn), Daughter Deboris Brantley, two Granddaughters Brianna and Brittney Brantley, six Sisters Gennie Bringier, Julia Brantley, Barbara Pearson, Oscie Boyd (Arthur), Marjorie Brantley-Colvin (Russell), Ann Tillman along with a myriad of nieces, nephews, other family and friends. James Brantley will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all whose lives he touched.


  • Mark Brantley, Pallbearer
  • Jay Sentimile, Pallbearer
  • Terrell Boone, Pallbearer
  • Ray Johnson, Pallbearer
  • Bill Bailey, Pallbearer
  • Pete Baker, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Saturday, July 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 6, 2019


James "Buddy" Brantley

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Nikki Pearson -Sampson

July 9, 2019

Uncle Buddy, your bright smile and laughter will truly be missed at the family gatherings. I'm going to miss laughing with you about the time my Mom got a hold of me at a cookout when I was a kid...Tell my Dad hi, and I love him. I love you both...until we all meet again I will reflect on the wonderful times we shared here on Earth. Love Nikki & Brad

Audrey Horn

July 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this. I just got back in town and heard this horrible news. Mr. Brantley was my Favorite patient and was a Wonderful human being. Marquita, my Heart goes out to you and your Family, I will miss him Dearly.

Lyn Bradshaw

July 5, 2019

I'm going to miss you Uncle Buddy. I know you are in a better place now.

Kim Shealy

July 5, 2019

First to open the door for a lady, greet everyone with a smile, offer encouragement to all athletes as they attempt to compete in new sports and offer tips on golf to improve our game.....that is the James we all know from the Gwinnett Senior Golden Games! Impeccably dressed from head to toe he brought his lovely wife Marquita on the course to compete in golf. He had bought her set of clubs that were never used. Nothing but encouraging the entire time for her to join the girls foursome and have fun! Wonderful man, delight to speak to and his passing will leave a notable hole in the 80 to 85 athletes with the games. Rest is Peace our friend, until we meet again.

Kim Shealy
President-Gwinnett Senior Golden Games.

Donna Alexander

July 4, 2019

With our Deepest Sympathy at the loss of James. Words alone can't express the sadness that those close to you are feeling for the passing of James. May you find comfort in knowing that you have family and friends to support you at this time of sadness. There's a place full of peace and love, without pain or worry, fear or doubt. A place where flowers bloom forever, and the wind is sweet and gentle. It's heaven....and it just became even more beautiful. Rest in peace James, you will truly be missed my your family in Charlotte, NC.

Jacqueline McCullough

July 4, 2019

RIP dear James. We have truly been blessed to have you a part of our family. I, along with my cousins, Eddie, Donna an Keith met you when we came to Detroit in the 60s. I was 16 and you had this awesome sports car that you took us out on the Detroit freeway and Diana Ross passed us in a convertible. We will miss your friendly, humble spirit. To the family, heartfelt condolences and love


July 4, 2019

To the Brantley Family: May God grant you His divine peace and comfort at the passing of James! My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

James was a God-fearing, kindhearted, generous, caring, compassionate, husband and family-man. He was respected by all and touched the lives of so many people. A gentle giant with a big heart. I thank God that He brought you into the Kirkpatrick family, you have left us with wonderful memories.

You will be missed and rest in peace!

Keith Kirkpatrick, Washington, DC

Leander and Shirley Boyd

July 3, 2019

We are the Leander and Shirley Boyd family. Mrs. Oscie Boyd is our sister-in-law, her husband Arthur (Blue) Boyd is our brother. Our most heartfelt condolences on the passing of James, may he rest in heaven. The family is in our prayers and God speed.

Marjorie Brantley

July 2, 2019

Missing you "Buddy"

You will be forever in my Heart!

Your Sister, Margie

Cislyn Brantley

July 2, 2019

Grandpa, you will be missed, thank you so much for the discussions we’ve had, about life, politics, sports, the girls and Mark; thanks for welcoming me into your family 16 plus years ago; thanks for your willingness to give me advice every time I asked you. Thanks for always fixing things around the house each time you visited; you are truly an awesome man. May you now rest in the comfort of your Savior’s arms. I will see you on the other side in due time, I love you and may you Rest In Peace