Albert Brantley Sr. was born February 13, 1926 in Georgetown, Kentucky to the union of George Washington Brantley and Beatrice Long Brantley. Albert was the youngest of five children. His mother passed when he was 3 years old. George Brantley married Martha Brantley who Albert recognized as his mother. He was preceded in death by his siblings; Claudia Jackson, Marie Blakley, Rufus Brantley, and Wilbert Brantley.
Albert graduated from Ed Davis High School in 1944. He played baseball and football in high school. As a football player he earned the nickname “Bo-Gator” because he was sneaky like an alligator when running the football. Immediately after high school he was then drafted into the United States Navy in July 1944 and honorably discharged May 1946. Albert returned to Georgetown briefly before attending Indiana University for a year. Back in Georgetown jobs were scarce so Albert moved to Cincinnati, Ohio seeking work. He began working for the B&O Railroad in 1950 where he worked for five years. Albert later joined the United States Postal Service where he worked for thirty-four years and retired.
Albert and Thelma Butts Brantley were married March 26, 1952. This union was blessed with six children; Albert Jr., Elaine, and Philip. Pamela, Lucretia and Paul preceded him in death. They shared 45 years of marriage before Thelma went home with the Lord in 1997.
Albert was an avid sports fan. He loved watching major league baseball and was a closet Cincinnati Reds fan. In his younger years, he enjoyed attending Reds games especially a double header. He also was a devout Kentucky Wildcat basketball fan.
Albert joined Bethel Baptist Church October 5, 1986. He was a quiet man, but a loving man. He was passionate about his entire family. Any family member who was in need, Albert was there to assist them with a meal, monetarily or with shelter. However, he was most passionate about his six grandchildren. From the time they were born through their adult years they brought him joy and great pride with every accomplishment.
He was called to rest on April 4, 2019. He leaves to cherish his memory: three children and their spouses, Albert Jr. (Yvonne), Elaine and Philip (Bobbi); six grandchildren, Lauren, Erin, David, Christopher, Stephen and Daniel; four sister-in-law’s Ruby Tolbert, Louise Dawson, Lucy Jones (Robert) and Sylvia Butts; two great niece’s Ella Davis and Joyce Montgomery; niece Clarice Tolbert and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.