In Loving Memory…

James C. “J.C.” Braden, Sr.

James Charles “J.C.” Braden, Sr., 88, of Sedalia, died Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born February 26, 1931, in Harrison, Arkansas.

On January 15, 1949, in Alpena, Arkansas, he married Wanda Lee Fullerton, who died August 13, 2013.

Mr. Braden served 21 years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, earning the rank of Major. He later served seven years in the National Guard and was the Commanding Officer of the armory in Sedalia.

He worked as a teacher and school superintendent. James was a member of Parkview Christian Church and Be Forever Young. He enjoyed cookouts, watching tv, and “slow jog runs” at the State Fair Community College fitness track.

Surviving are two children, James Charles Braden, Jr, (Kathy), of Windsor, and Mark Braden, of Sedalia; two grandchildren, David Michael Braden and Robert Neil Paxton; and two great-grandchildren, William Neil Paxton and Elizabeth Carveth Paxton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to Parkview Christian Church.


  1. Sending a prayer of peace – may your memories help ease the pain. Though I didn’t have him as a teacher at Smith Cotton, I remember him fondly. He was a well respected teacher with a smile for all of us.

  2. Nancy Witt Lansing

    Remembered him from Smith-Cotton. Always smiling. Prayers for comfort and peace during this time of loss.

  3. Della Schnakenberg

    I worked with Wanda and got to know J.C. that way. They both where kind people. May God bring you comfort at this difficult time.

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