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David Gene "Popa" Brakebill
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David Gene “Popa” Brakebill, 84, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away August 31, 2017. He was born May 1, 1933, in Seminole, Oklahoma, to Andrew Jackson and Anna Pearl (West) Brakebill.

David was known as a man of joy and warmhearted humor. He was a top salesman in the insurance industry for many years, before devoting over 30 years of ministry to Potters Clay. David was affectionately known as “Popa” by numerous women and children who were ministered to at Potters Clay in Hot Springs and Dorcas House in Little Rock. He had a wonderful love of playing guitar and ministered many years as worship leader at his church. David’s first love, however, was his God and his precious wife, Elizabeth.

David was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Andrew Brakebill, Beryl Brakebill, Joe Brakebill, Quentin Brakebill, Boyd Lee Brakebill; and sister, MaryLee May.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Brakebill; sons, David DeeWright Brakebill (Debbie), Michael Alan Brakebill (Diana); daughter, Tracie Ann Stage (William); grandchildren, Audrey, Rachel, Diana, Andrew, Christopher, Jeff, Jay Michael, Amber, Summer, Adam, Rebecca; great-grandchildren, Skylar, David, Spencer, Sophie, Asher, Jaylen, Kiptyn, Kantyn, Ashley, Zac, Allen Michael, Tabitha, Carson, Kennedy, Cale, Addison, Jett, and Kaleb.

Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

A celebration of David’s life will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at Morning Star Cemetery.

Pallbearers include Andrew Brakebill, Christopher Brakebill, Adam Stage, Scott Brakebill, Michael Kent Brakebill, and Lanny Brakebill.

Honorary pallbearers include Beryl Gene Brakebill, Laurence Gene Brakebill, and Andy Brakebill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potters Clay Ministries at 110 Crescent Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901 or

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155 Section Line Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913





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Hot Springs, AR 71913


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