A longtime Louisiana native and political participant, Thomas “Bud” Brady, died on April 1, 2011 in Alexandria, Louisiana, after battling many health ailments. He was 72. Bud faithfully served the State of Louisiana in the House of Representatives from 1976 through 1988 serving a variety of parishes during his tenure – LaSalle, Winn, Caldwell, Grant, and Rapides. He was loved and supported by many.
Brady’s youthful good looks and passion for life made him unforgettable -- never passing on the opportunity to play practical jokes. He always tried to make others around him feel special and valued. Bud focused on supporting his constituents by helping the needy, elderly and underprivileged. Serving under Governors Edwin W. Edwards and David C. Treen, Bud experienced the colorful and always interesting Louisiana political environment.
Born, Thomas Floyd Brady in Urania Louisiana July 9, 1938 to Lucille McCarrol Brady and Floyd Lee Brady. Later obtaining the nic-name, "Bud" from family and friends. He was a standout athlete at LaSalle High School in Olla, Louisiana. Enjoying many accolades and athletic achievements for football. Bud experienced many health issues early in age battling severe fevers and rare muscle and neurological ailments. But always pushing to excel beyond the obstacle; graduating from LaSalle High School in 1956. After college, Bud went on to attend LSU on a football scholarship. However, after playing many practices and scrimmages with over 104 degree fever, he made the final decision to leave LSU and his football career. Taking the obstacle and finding an opportunity he transferred to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. He juggled his academics and supported himself as a radio personality and disc jockeying school and social events. After graduating in 1962 from Northwestern with a degree in Government, he worked with many radio stations in Natchitoches, Winnfield, Farmerville, and Alexandria.
He met his future bride, Cullyne Roy Scott, while attending NSU and later married in 1960. The couple had three children. Roderick Edward Brady (1963 - 1980) who was killed in a tragic accident in 1980. Cecelia “Cil” Brady Gonzalez, born in 1967 and later becoming Miss Louisiana USA in 1986. Cecelia now resides in San Diego, CA. Daughter, Charlane Rene Brady, born in 1972 and followed in her dad’s footsteps as a standout athlete at LaSalle High School. Charlane know resides in Reykjavik, Iceland and San Francisco, CA.
Being in the public eye through his broadcasting, Bud was naturally drawn to the political arena. Having grown up in the background of Huey P. Long, he felt the passion to pursue working in the popular Long political dynasty. Bud joined the staff of the late United States Congressman Speedy O. Long in Washington, D.C from 1965-1971. Having now been bitten by the political bug himself, he then relocated his family to Urania, Louisiana and pursued his own political career. Bud Brady was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1976, at the age of 38. He was reelected twice surviving heated, contested races. He served as Vice Chair, Administration of Criminal Justice 1984-1987 and also served on the Education Committee during his tenure of Louisiana House of Representatives. While holding political office, Bud simultaneously pursued a career in Real Estate and Real Estate Appraisals. After leaving political office, Bud relocated to Alexandria and continued his work in Real Estate founding and running Bud Brady Appraisals. Bud had many passions in life. He enjoyed photography, painting, and music. He spent many hours writing gospel and country music and playing his dobro. A gift given to him by the late Governor Jimmie Davis. Bud spent a lot of time in Nashville pursing his music career and even writing songs for Reba McEntire; however the songs never made it off the cutting floor and onto any album. None the less, he created many memories and friendships pursing his musical passion. Bud attended Tullos First Baptist Church while living in Urania and Olla, Louisiana and recently attended the Pentecostal Church of Alexandria.
Bud is preceded in death by his father, Floyd Lee Brady and his mother, Lucille McCarrol Brady, his son, Roderick Edward Brady. He is survived by two siblings, brother Gerald Brady of Lafayette, Louisiana and sister, Shirley Talley of Houston, Texas. Two daughters, Cecelia Brady Gonzalez of San Diego, California and Charlane Rene Brady of Reykjavik, Iceland and San Francisco, California. Two grandchildren Joseph Gonzalez of Newport Beach, California and Gabriella Gonzalez of San Diego, California.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3994 Monroe Highway, Ball, Louisiana (318) 640-1375 with burial immediately following at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of his son, Rod Brady, to the Rod Brady Campus of the Central Louisiana Technical College. Checks made payable to CLTC Huey P. Long Campus with memo specifying Rod/Bud Brady memorial. Mail to: CLTC, 304 S. Jones, Winnfield, LA 71483.