Ben Wayne Brasher Sr. 83 of Silsbee, Texas passed away peacefully at home on April 8, 2021.
Visitation will be held at Farmer’s Funeral Home 415 S. 4th St. Silsbee, Texas on Saturday April 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Funeral service will be held immediately following on at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Scott Moody officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery in Silsbee. RS Farmer Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.
Ben “Wayne” Brasher was born in Hempstead, Texas to Charles Ben Brasher and Hallie Dell Thorp on January 20, 1938. Wayne attended high school at Eagle Lake High School and graduated in 1955, characterizing those years as among the happiest in his life, as he was fully engaged in academics, sports, and cultural activities. He later went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Accounting from Lamar University in 1969. He worked as a young professional for International Business Machines (IBM) as a liaison at NASA during the Apollo space missions. However, Wayne primarily worked as a banker for several local banks including Lamar State Bank, First National of Silsbee and Silsbee State Bank.
Wayne also had a diversified work experience in financial management for a myriad of other local businesses including the Silsbee Country Club, Kirby Industries, Morris Moore and Jones-Whitted Enterprises. In his latter employment years, he worked as the General Manager for KWDX radio station, and in that was able to express his true calling as a sports enthusiast and showman. He continued those exploits through entrepreneurial efforts, like announcing many basketball and football games for Silsbee and Cathedral High Schools and forming a partnership called M & W Entertainment, utilizing a mobile unit for sound projection.
Wayne was aspiring writer often contributing articles to the Silsbee Bee and Hardin County News; as well as, writing his own short stories and novellas that he hoped to one day publish. Wayne was involved in Silsbee Chamber of Commerce and for many years he was involved with Silsbee Men’s Golf Association, assisting with the annual Silsbee MGA Invitational event in which he both played and later coordinated tournament activities. He was an avid high school football and basketball fan. He enjoyed the sport of golf immensely especially his Saturday morning golf group that fostered so many friendships throughout his lifetime until health issues limited his opportunity to play.
Wayne was a child of God who felt his shortcomings with passion. With his passing, Wayne’s faith in Jesus Christ’s saving grace and redemption was realized and he was delivered from his worldly struggles. He is now home.
Wayne is preceded in death by his father, Ben Brasher; mother, Hallie Brasher; sister, Imogene Brune and husband William “Bill” Brune; sister, Phyllis Steffens and husband Leonard Steffens Sr. and daughter Stacy Garner.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Claudell Faye Brasher of Kingwood, Texas; Son Ben Wayne Brasher Jr. and wife Elvira of Jasper, Texas; Daughter Jill Sherman and husband Matt of Beaumont, Texas; Son Michael Rossen and wife Amanda of Kingwood, Texas; Son Tom Arnold and wife Brenda of Coronado, CA; Son in Law Kevin Garner of Silsbee, Texas; Granddaughter Kelsie Moulder and S/O Alec Sells; Granddaughter Emily Blakely and husband Andrew; Grandson Evan Arnold; Grandson Aaron Daniel and wife CeCe; Granddaughter Anna Rossen; Granddaughter Karina Brasher; Granddaughter Tatum Rossen; Grandson Seth Rossen; Granddaughter A.J. Garner; Great Grandson to be Alexander; Brother John Brasher and wife Pat; Brother in Law R.J. Nield; Sister in Law Nancy Yocham; Nephew Lenny Steffens and wife Suzanne, Nephew Phil Steffens and wife Shirley, Nephew John Brasher and wife Terri; Niece Deb Felder and husband Ken; Niece Rhonda Johnstone; Niece Sherryl Baxter and husband Mike, along with numerous other nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Silsbee Men’s Golf Association. Checks made to Silsbee MGA, c/o Dale Cummings PO Box 160 Buna, Texas 77612 or send via VENMO @Jill-Sherman-21. Condolences may be left in Ben Wayne Brasher’s online guestbook at www.farmersfhsilsbee.com .
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Wayne’s neighbors Dr. Scott and Lori Moody, Jim and Barb Ray and Robert and Laura Foster; to Amy and JJ Hawthorne for their willingness to lend support during times of need; to Michael and Carolyn Martinson for love and friendship beyond measure; to Professional Health Care for their compassionate care at the end of life; and to Jessica Young for her care of Wayne and Claudell as her own and continued ongoing assistance.
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