The Opp Chamber of Commerce has announced that Opp Mayor Becky Bracke will be inducted into the Opp Hall of Fame at the Opp Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, June 23.
Bracke was born Rebecca Woodham on January 1, 1948 to Luther Marshall Woodham and Anna Lois Moore Woodham of Opp, Alabama. She was the youngest of three daughters and adored her older sisters, Marsha and Linda. She had a wonderful childhood in a small town and graduated from Opp High School in 1966. She has three children, two stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His children, Brett Ballard (Wendy); Christy Harrell (Gary); Brock Ballard (Carla); Brent Bracke (Amy); and Carrie Buckelew (David) all live in Opp. All of his children and grandchildren have received an excellent education in the Opp City School System and five of his children/grandchildren are employed as educators in that system.
Bracke’s passion is people and his accomplishments over the years have revolved around caring for and improving the lives of the people of Opp. Seeing the need for a daycare in Opp (a new concept in the 1970s), she opened Becky’s Kinder Kollege in September 1977. From its inception, Bracke incorporated an educational component into her daycare. At that time, there were no kindergarten classes in the Opp City school system. After seeing another need for school-aged children to attend after-school daycare as well as summer daycare, she expanded the business by adding an additional house for these school-aged children. The Kinder Kollege in Bracke now has an enrollment of around 100 children per day each year. Over its 45-year history, hundreds of Opp’s children have spent many hours of their formative years as students in its care.
As her own parents grew old and needed care, Bracke began researching another new concept, assisted living. After a year of research and planning, she inaugurated such a facility. In November 1998, the WoodMoore Assisted Living Facility opened. This establishment has 16 units and has welcomed more than 100 seniors.
Bracke has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Opp since 1957 and has been deeply involved in the church, serving in its nursery for over 50 years and singing in the choir for at least 30 years. She also served on several church committees. She has been a member of the Opp Chamber of Commerce for over 40 years and served on the board for three years. Additionally, Bracke was elected a member of the Opp City School Board for a full term. She is currently serving her second term as the first female mayor of the city of Opp. She had and continues to have a major influence on many Opp citizens who now contribute to our hometown through their work as teachers, business owners, administrators and coaches, to name a few. -ones.
“Bracke has a genuine love for Opp – his hometown – and his desire is for Opp to become a revitalized community where residents can work, learn, shop, dine and play. Through her vision and actions, Becky has left an indelible mark on Opp and Covington County,” said Kelly Brandin, Opp House Manager.
Bracke said she was honored to be inducted into Opp’s Hall of Fame.
Bracke will be inducted into the Opp Hall of Fame at the Opp Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Thursday, June 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Opp Fellowship Center. Tickets are $30 per ticket and can be purchased at the Opp Chamber of Commerce office located at 200 S. Main St.