July 11, 2017 - J. W. "Jim" Braden celebrated his 90th birthday at his home on June 3, 2017. He was joined by a host of friends and family. He was especially happy to have all 4 of his children, their spouses, 2 nephews and one of his grandchildren who are all pictured above.
(Top row, from left) nephews Gale and Riley Adams of Nacogdoches; children Susan and spouse Tim Hobbs of Henderson, Kentucky, J.w. and wife "Bobbie", Julie Braden of Houston, Nancy and spouse Todd Platzner of Huntsville, (Front row, from left) J.W. Braden, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; and granddaughter Samantha Platzner of san Angelo; and mascot Taffy Platzner.