Trent Lee Brackenridge, age 45, the youngest of five children born to Nova May (Smith) and James Coleman Brackenridge was born Nov. 5, 1961, in El Dorado Springs, Mo., and passed from this life on Friday, April 13, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.
At the age of two, Trent, along with his family moved to Schell City where he attended school, graduating in 1980. While he was still in high school, he began employment with Wal-Mart in Nevada, Mo. He later transferred to Kansas City, Mo., before "climbing the corporate ladder" led him to work at the home office of Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Ark. It was while in Bentonville that he and Sam Walton met and became friends and that was a good friend to have. The first home that he owned there was on the National Registry of Historic Homes.
Trent lived in Bentonville until 1993 when he transferred to the Tulsa, Okla., store. His Wal-Mart career spanned 28 years. During his spare time Trent enjoyed cooking, buying antiques, home decorating, and yard work. He was a longtime member of the Schell City Christian Church.
Survivors include his mother and father, Nova Brackenridge of Schell City, and J.C. Brackenridge of El Dorado Springs; one brother, Archie Brackenridge and his wife Sheila of El Dorado Springs; two sisters, Vicki McKinney and Jalene Flint both of Schell City; his grandmother, Bessie Smith of El Dorado Springs; his great-aunt, Velma Smith also of El Dorado Springs; two aunts, Vivian Tremain of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Margie Jordan of Denison, Iowa; nieces and nephews, Adam Brackenridge, Lisa Brackenridge, Stacy Ijams, Rebecca Law, and Preston Flint. He was preceded in death by one brother, Rickie Brackenridge who passed away in 1979.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, at the Schell City Christian Church with Josh Adsit, Jim Page, and Howard MePeak officiating. Musical selections were provided by Nancy Page, Sharon Goodman, and Judy Schloss. Pallbearers were Jim Goodman, Jimmy Carter, Chris Walker, Eric Beard, Ward Butcher, and Rob Whitten. Honorary pallbearers were Sam Vantellman, Ervin Goodman, Marvin Seider, Chris Gaines, Bud Chandler, Renn Corbin, Lenny Hawkins, Quentin Goodman, and Anthony Marquardt. Interment was in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City, under the direction of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.
Memorials are suggested to the Schell City Christian Church Youth Group in care of the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home.