Jack R. Brasher

August 23, 2007



BRASHER, MAJOR GENERAL JACK R. (USAF RET.) - of Phoenix, AZ and Knoxville, TN flew west on August 23, at 4:20 a.m. He was 78. He was born November 18, 1928 in Parsons, TN. Gen. Brasher received his bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN with majors in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. He was a graduate of Air War College, National War College, and other service schools. Gen. Brasher served seven years with the United States Air Force and twenty-nine years in the Arizona Air National Guard with a total of 36 years of military service before retiring in 1985 as a Major General. He served a tour in Korea flying F-84's and from Korea he went to Wright Patterson AFB as a test pilot at Wright Field, where he checked out in 34 different airplanes. After leaving the Air Force in 1955, he joined the Arizona Air National Guard and served there in a flying status for 29 years. During the Cold War, he was recalled for a tour of active duty at Ramstein AFB in Germany, flying F-104's with the Arizona ANG serving along side the Tennessee ANG. After returning from Germany, his unit was given C-97 aircraft for worldwide cargo missions. During the Vietnam War, he flew many missions in and out of the country in C-97's. His last three years in the Air Guard was served as Assistant to Commander-in-Chief of Strategic Air Command, with his reporting station being Omaha, Nebraska. In 1957, he became a pilot for Bonanza Airlines in Phoenix, AZ. Over the years Bonanza Airlines became Air West, then became Hughes Air West, and then merged with Republic Airlines which was bought by Northwest Airlines. In 1970, he was assigned to Las Vegas, Nevada as Chief Pilot for Hughes Air West serving in that capacity for nine years. In December 1988, he retired from aviation after thirty-three years, having spent a total of 34,600 hours of military and commercial flying time. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Joe C. and Bonnye R. Brasher; and wife Leah Winchester. He is survived by: his wife, the former Bette Peck Huber of Jefferson City; his daughter, Jacque Brasher of Green Valley, AZ; his sons, Gary Brasher of Tubac, AZ, Christiane Brasher of Los Angeles, CA; stepsons, Joe Winchester, presently serving in Afghanistan, William (Bill) Huber of Nashville, TN; stepdaughter, Angela R. Link of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Laura, Ashley, and Eric Purtzer, Alex and Delaney Brasher; with step grandchildren Tara, Emily, and Andy Link. Funeral services 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Rev. John Stuart officiating. Family and Friends will meet 10:00 a.m. Monday at Edgewood Cemetery for an interment service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760 or Erin Presbyterian Church, 200 Lockett Road, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

Published in the Knoxville News Sentinel on 8/25/2007.