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“To the Brantley family I am sorry for your loss. I did not know of his passing until this weekend. I passed the company building and I noticed the...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Karen Wilson - IRVINGTON, NJ

“Mal was an inspiration to me as a business man and community leader. We shared many good times as fellow Carolinians. May God comfort you, his...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Henry Dyson - Orangeburg, SC

“In behalf of the Mungin, Taylor, Cohen Family Reunion we would like to express our sorrow of the lost of such great man and the impact he made in the...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Jackie Mungin - Pineland, SC

“Sorry to hear about Your loss. I used to work for him in the 90's ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Bignate dogg clark - newark, NJ

“To Mother Brantley and Family We are sending our condolence to you and Family. We are sorry we could not be there with you. We are praying that...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Albertha Ruth - Boston, MA

“SORRY FOR YOUR LOST HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED GOD BLESS YOU AND ENTIRE FAMILY ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Trude Evans - IRVINGTON, NJ

“Sorry, to hear about the loss of Malachi. I pray your strenth in the Lord. But. remember, the Lord give us a love one for a while and then He comes...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Carolyn R. Lawton - West Columbia, SC

“I'M SO SORRY FOR UR LOST,MY FAMILY AND I WILL KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS. LOVE U ALWAYS. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: CAROLINE WLLIAMS - BEAR, DE

“We would like to send our deepest sympathy, condolences heartfelt prayers to the Brantley family, from the California Brantley's ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Harvie Coleman - Fresno, CA

“I would like to say thank you to Mr. Brantley. I appreciate your friendship and advise. You leave a legacy that has been will continue to be a path...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Glenn Davis - NJ

“Our condolences to the Brantly Family. We have lived across from them for many years and will miss seeing him drive by and waving to say hello. ...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Clarissa Posey - Hillside, NJ

“The time that I worked for the Brantley family is one of my most memorable experiences. Mr. Brantley is someone that made an impact on all that he...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Debra Williams - Newark, NJ

“RIP dear cousin Malachia. I will always remember your laughter and your smile. Will miss you. Much love. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: J.Ruth Garner-Gamble - Snellville, GA

“Dearest Family and Friends, We would like to send our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Aunt Kathryn and our loved ones. We will never...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: hope holloway - Honolulu, HI

“To Betty Jones and family I offer my deepest condolences on your loss. may God bless you and your family and keep you strong in this time of grief. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: Karon Taylor - newark, NJ

“Aunt Kathy & family, Our love to you all, with sincere condolences in the loss of Uncle Mal. We wish we could be with you tomorrow, but we are with...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Linda & Doug McCray - Ocala, FL

“Katherine and family, Sincerest condolences from the NJ Small Business Development Centers at Rutgers Business School. Mal will be missed as an...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Brenda Hopper - Newark, NJ

“I extend sincere condolences to Bianca Howell and the Brantley family. Although it may be painful that he is no longer here with us, please rest in...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Angelica Beard - Atlanta, GA

“My memory of Trustee Brantley is that he was a hard worker. He was quiet yet very direct when he did say something. “He said what he meant and...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Webb - NJ

“I knew Mr. Brantley only through the memories, stories, and smiles of his granddaughter Bianca, but through her, saw how many lives he touched. My...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Kathryn Young - Atlanta, GA

“My deepest condolences to the Brantley Family. Be Encouraged. ”
21 of 26 | Posted by: Cary Edwards - Newark, NJ

“My deepest condolences to the Brantley family. I will cherish all the wisdom he shared and the example he set. My admiration for him is immeasurable. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Doug O.

“My condolences to the Brantley family. The Bible tells us at 2 Corinthians 1:4 that "[God] comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: sw

“My heart was sadden when I got the news that Mal has passed to be with the Lord. He was a very dear fried of mine. I has such a wonderful visit with...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Gwendolyn Nelson - Kerrville, TX

“Our prayers are with you at this sad time. May you feel God's Spirit and comforting presence as you celebrate the life of such a special man. ...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Martha Day - Cedar Grove, NJ

“Mrs. Brantley, Ike, Mal, Tim and family, I wish to offer my most sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful man who touched many in his...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: mark spratley - NJ


Trustee Malachia Brantley, Sr., affectionately known as "Mal", is the son of the late Freddie and Thelma Garner Brantley. He was born October 10, 1934 in Estill, South Carolina where he was the fifth of ten children. He departed this life on March 9, 2012. Malachia was educated in the public school system of Hampton County, SC during the Jim Crow period. He loved going to school and attained the highest level of education possible at that time – 8th grade. After graduating school, Mal began working in construction and by the time he was 19, he had achieved the status of foreman for the Gulf Coast Construction Company. Traveling with the construction crew building silos for grain, led Mal from South Carolina to Florida to Alabama to Columbus, Georgia where he would meet his future wife. One morning while visiting Tally Ho's Grill for breakfast, Mal looked up and saw the prettiest mahogany woman, Katheryn King-Jones. For Mal, he was instantly smitten and pursued her until she accepted a date. Mal and Katheryn married on July 28, 1956. Together, they raised 6 children: "Ike", "Betty", "Melvin", "Ann", "MC" and "Tim". Mal attributed their 55 years of marriage to trust and partnership. In his words, he knew Katheryn was the one when "he asked her to hold on to some money for him and when he needed it, she had it in full." He must have known that her trust and ___would help set the stage for their future success. In 1958 following his brothers Sidney and David, Mal decided to relocate his family from Phoenix City, Alabama to Newark, New Jersey. Upon moving to Newark, Mal and Katheryn joined Zion Holy Church under the pastorate of the late Elder Minnie Stith, where they remained members for over 54 years. In 1961, Mal dedicated his life to God and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. Mal served faithfully in the church. He was one of the original members of the construction crew that built the edifice that now stands. His first job in Newark was at Astor Abbatoir where he worked several years at the meat packing company, before becoming a chronic asthmatic and deemed disabled. After seeking alternate trade as an electrician and receiving inspiration and encouragement from Pastor Stith, Mal decided to start his own company. On February 10, 1967, Brantley Moving became a reality. Mal bought an inoperative van, refurbished it and began moving people. Later, in 1970 with his younger brother Thomas, the company became incorporated and was known as: Brantley Bros. Moving & Storage Co., Inc. and the rest is history. Brantley Bros. today is a thriving company that has grown to become one of the largest employers in an Urban Enterprise Zone, recognized across the industry with awards and serves as a good business model. As Mal's company grew, so did his role as Philanthropist. He is well known and greatly admired for his generous financial donations to colleges, churches and non-profit organizations. He eventually started the Tom Brantley Foundation, named after a great inspiration in his life-his grandfather. The foundation provides student scholarships to those in need. In addition to his philanthropy, his overall success story has warranted many honors. He was honored as one of the most influential men in Newark, had a Street named after him near his place of business, appointed Trustee at Voorhees College and Integrity House, featured in Black Enterprise magazine, and awarded numerous awards including the 25th anniversary winner for the NJ Small Business Development Center. Mal has also been recognized by his church. He was voted Man of the Year by Zion and that was one of the highest points in his life. Down through the years, Mal has been a tremendous blessing to the House of God. In addition to serving on the Trustee Board, he was a member of several auxiliaries at Zion including Willing Workers, Men's Chorus, Sunday School, and Usher Board. Mal taught his children and anyone who would listen about how faith and the scripture Malachi 3:10 were the foundation of his success. Mal tried to find balance in life. During his spare time, Malachia enjoyed spending time with his family in both New Jersey and South Carolina and watching the Atlanta Braves. He would frequently visit South Carolina. He purchased the land there his family once owned but lost due to taxes. His family was forced to sharecrop the land. On this land, he built his dream home including a white picket fence and pond stocked with catfish. Malachia leaves to cherish his memory; a dearly devoted wife, Katheryn; six children: Isaac (Juanetta), Betty, Melvin (Verdell), Thelma Ann, Malachia Jr. (Carol) and Timothy (Robyn); 18 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; His siblings: Ben Wallace and Ada Williams of Hampton, South Carolina, David and Thomas (Catherine) of New Jersey, Wilkie, Lloyd, and Betty Jean Wright (Samuel) of Columbia, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren Horacio Howell and Tara, two brothers Henryand Sidney Brantley, and two sisters Lillie Mae Smith and Tempie Cyler. He leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and to cherish his memories. In addition, his Brantley Bros. family will miss his wisdom, guidance, and entrepreneurial spirit. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Willing Workers - Zion Holy Church, 103 Camden Street, Newark, NJ This Online Memorial has been created to commemorate the life of Malachia Brantley Sr. You are invited to add a Tribute in his memory. Please click "Sign Guestbook" below to add our own memories, reflections, thoughts or condolences.

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