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Brainerd, former Roswell mayor, dies


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Local lawyer William Francis Brainerd, mayor of Roswell for 16 years, has passed away. He was 91.


Brainerd, who had lived in Roswell since 1955, died Dec. 5. LaGrone Funeral Chapel is handling the pending service arrangements.

City flags will be flown at half-staff until the funeral in his honor, according to a city announcement.

‘“I would like to express sincere condolences from myself and the city of Roswell to the Brainerd family,” said Mayor Dennis Kintigh. “Mayor Brainerd was the longest-serving mayor of Roswell, having served from 1966 to 1974 and again from 1986 to 1994. The city of Roswell benefited from his service. He served the community and people well. Our deepest sympathy to his family.”

Brainerd had a law practice in Roswell after receiving a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1952. A World War II Navy veteran who served in the Asian and Pacific theaters, he was a Texas native who had graduated from Amarillo High School in 1945 and from West Texas State University in Canyon with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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He was married to Connie Brainerd, who preceded him in death, for almost 56 years. They had seven children, William III, Michael, Timothy, Philip, Bonnie (Sharp), Shiela (Crossley) and Sheri (Harris).

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