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Braxton Robert Ezell
  • Passed away on October 26, 2021

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Braxton Robert Ezell, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 in Bradenton, FL at the age of 77. Braxton was born on November 29th, 1943 in Tampa. He graduated from Manatee High School in 1961, and Cumberland School of Law in 1966. Braxton was married to Suzanna Ezell on December 30, 1976 and they were married for 44 years.
Braxton is survived by sons David Ezell of Clermont, FL (Kristeen Ezell) James Ezell, Henry “Lee” Ezell residing in Kentucky, Christina “Tina” Dunay (Dave Dunay) and granddaughters Hailey Dunay, Madison Ezell and Mackenzie Ezell. Braxton is preceded in death by his parents, James “Jimmy” Ezell and Mamie Ezell, of Bradenton, FL, his sister, Sarah Wilkinson, and his daughter, Jackie Ezell.
Braxton accomplished everything he ever set out to do, from becoming a magistrate with the 12th Judicial Circuit, a Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and obtaining a pilot’s license and flying planes as a hobby. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and to many, a best friend and trusted mentor.
A celebration of life service for Braxton will be held on December 11th, 2021 at 11am at the Christ Episcopal Church (aka St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church), located at 4030 Manatee Avenue W, Bradenton, FL 34205. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Humane Society of Manatee County at the link below:
https://humanesocietyofmanateecounty.wufoo.com/forms/z15hpgwo06i36h7/


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  1. Christine Barfield Fisher lit a candle:
    29 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 29, 2021 at 11:42:38 AM

  2. Rene & Suzie de Miranda lit a candle:
    10 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 10, 2021 at 11:52:50 PM

  3. Stephen Ellerin lit a candle:
    05 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 5, 2021 at 11:10:52 PM

  4. Stephen Ellerin says:
    05 Nov 2021
    Braxton --
    Fare Well, my USCG Auxiliary colleague, mentor, and (I hope) friend. Wishing you fair winds and calm seas as you "cross the bar".

  5. Ron Howington lit a candle:
    04 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 4, 2021 at 11:27:59 PM

  6. Ronald Howington says:
    04 Nov 2021
    Brax, I am so sorry that you had to leave us at this time of your life. I met you when I first joined the CG Auxiliary in 2008. The first thing you said to me was "If you like I will be your mentor". What a way to get started in a new organization and I worked with and for you in many positions over the years, it was a pleasure .
    I remember the quiet discussions you and I had. We could talk about any subject but the most enjoyable ones were about the Coast Guard, the Auxiliary, the Law and Politics. You were always willing to listen to my thoughts and opinions and share your own with me. It was a great time and I felt that you and I had become good friends.
    I was greatly impressed by your handicap, where you blew off your left hand as a kid. You never seemed to let that stop you in anything, including learning how to fly. You wanted me to teach you how to be a Cox'n on our Auxiliary boat, which takes a goodly amount of physical dexterity, but you got sick before we could complete the task. It told me though that you could do anything that you set your mind to. This demonstrated your great determination and character to me. Also you had many other qualities that I admired and they go on and on. I know that Sue, your family and friends are aware of them all.
    You are a great loss to the CG Auxiliary and to the community.
    So let me end this by saying, "Fair Winds and Following Seas" shipmate. I hope that I can catch up to you on the other side some day.
    Ron.....

  7. Judi and Al Bidwick says:
    04 Nov 2021
    Braxton was a friend and mentor--always available to answer a question or give advice. The Auxiliary was our common interest and we crossed paths many times. He gave his all no matter where he found himself as a leader. We will miss him. To Suzanna and the family, just know that we care and are saddened by his passing.

  8. Toni Borman says:
    04 Nov 2021
    My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Braxton’s family.

    My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you

    Toni Borman

  9. Clermont Fire Department says:
    02 Nov 2021
    Chief Ezell and Family members,
    Our Deepest, most heartfelt condolences are with you and your family. May God's Love and Grace be with all of you during this difficult time.
    The City of Clermont Fire Department

  10. Danielle Bond lit a candle:
    02 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 2, 2021 at 11:43:44 AM

  11. Andrea LoPiccolo says:
    02 Nov 2021
    May light perpetual brighten your path as you read the secrets of the other world. Rest In Peace.

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    02 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 2, 2021 at 11:07:33 AM

  13. Angel Colonneso lit a candle:
    01 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 1, 2021 at 11:23:19 PM

  14. Angel Colonneso says:
    01 Nov 2021
    My prayers go out to the family. I was so very sorry to hear this news. Braxton was always so kind to me through the years. God Bless you all.

  15. Angel Colonneso says:
    01 Nov 2021
    My prayers go out to all of you. I am so very sorry. Braxton was always so kind to me through the years. God Bless all of you.
    Angel Colonneso

  16. Diane Beck lit a candle:
    01 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 1, 2021 at 11:44:46 PM

  17. Susan Maulucci says:
    01 Nov 2021
    My sincerest condolences to the Ezell family. Braxton was a brilliant and caring public servant. I will always appreciate the time he took as my mentor when I joined him as a magistrate.

  18. Susan Maulucci lit a candle:
    01 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 1, 2021 at 11:50:32 PM

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    01 Nov 2021
    Lit since November 1, 2021 at 11:49:10 PM

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    Lit since November 1, 2021 at 11:35:00 PM

  23. Sue & Joe Broxson says:
    31 Oct 2021
    So sorry to hear this. We were friends as teens. Many great memories.
    Many prayers to the entire family.
    Thinking of you!

    Sue Post Broxson
    (Tom Post's sister)

  24. Sue & Joe Broxson says:
    31 Oct 2021
    So sorry to hear this. As teens we knew each other well & have a lot of good memories. Many prayers to the entire family.
    Thinking of you!!

    Sue Post Broxson
    (Tom Post's sister)

  25. Fred and Dee Fernandez Kermode lit a candle:
    30 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 30, 2021 at 10:00:22 PM

  26. Dee Fernandez Kermode says:
    30 Oct 2021
    Braxton was my "hero", not that I told him that! We were in 7th grade when he and three other "idiots" decided to build a bomb and, on the way to the site, he and Kenny Robertson fought over who would carry the darn thing. Then, it went off. Braxton lost his left hand and three fingers on his right. HIs father said, "Son, you got yourself into this. What are you going to do to get yourself out?"
    I don't know many that would still make something of himself after that! However, Braxton became an attorney and a Master Captain. He became the Legal Officer for the USCG Auxiliary, Seventh District, AFTER he had been the Company Commander of a local flotilla and two higher offices. He never thought of himself as "handicapped", just a stupid mistake.
    Go with God, my friend, I miss you!
    Dee Kermode

  27. Debi Nosworthy lit a candle:
    30 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 30, 2021 at 10:42:57 PM

  28. Manatee High Alumni Association says:
    30 Oct 2021
    Our sincere condolences to family and friends of our Manatee High School Class of 1961 Alumnus

    Manatee High School Alumni Association

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    30 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 30, 2021 at 10:20:45 AM

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  48. Larry and Diane Berman says:
    29 Oct 2021
    We knew Braxton through the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    He was a great man and a good friend.

    We have many happy memories of him.

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    29 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 29, 2021 at 10:43:23 PM

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