Floyd J. Brake

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Floyd J. Brake was born February 26, 1927, to Arthur Wade Brake and Bessie Mae Brake, shortly before the beginning of the Great Depression. One of 10 children, he stopped going to school in 6th grade to help support the family by working or hunting.

An adventurous spirit, he bought his first car, a non-running Model-T, for $10 when he was 13. After three days of tinkering, he got it running, and spent the day driving around DeQueen, Arkansas. His fun was quickly interrupted by a police officer at the service station, who spotted Floyd’s missing tags. Instead of pulling over to explain, Floyd stepped on the gas, drove it around a corner and into a cane field on the side of the road. He watched quietly as the police officer drove up and down the road a few times looking for him. A few days later, Floyd sold the car to his uncle.

On December 11, 1941, the U.S. entered World War II. Floyd, and his best friend, Dewey, immediately joined the Navy.

He was originally posted in the machine shop, near the top of the ship. Unfortunately, they noticed his mechanical inclination, and moved him to the engine room, at the very bottom, where it was hot, and cramped.

They served 15 months, 8 days sea duty on the USS Lexington (CV-16), where they battled in the South Pacific until the end of the war.

Returning to his hometown, he met Ann. The two were married in 1947. Together they had three children, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, with one more expected in September.

Floyd was a car nut through and through. He used that same trick from his first car many times — the buying, fixing and selling part — eventually opening his own used car dealership.

Aside from his love of cars, he enjoyed playing pool and fishing with his grandkids.

He was buried at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill next to Ann on August 21, 2020, in a private graveside service.

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