Carl Brett Finley, 53, left this Earth peacefully in the early hours of March 4, 2013, at his home in Tomball with his wife, Kelly, by his side.
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He was born Jan. 6, 1960, in Longview to Paula Stewart Finley and the late Carroll Stokes Finley Jr. He grew up in Tyler, graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1978. He attended The University of Texas at Austin in the early 1980s and graduated from UT Tyler with a BBA in operations management in 1986.
He married Kelly Womack on Sept. 5, 1987. From 1988 to 1993 he was active in the Tyler Civic Theater and the Tyler Jaycees. In 1993 he moved to Austin, and in 1997 moved to Longview, making a career change from medical insurance to pharmaceutical sales. In 1998 Brett became a 3rd degree Master Mason in the St. Johns Blue Lodge in Tyler. He became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason in 1999 while living in Conway, Ark. In 2001 he moved to Houston. In 2005 he was awarded Medical Science Liaison of the Year with Guilford Pharmaceuticals.
In 2011 he was an inaugural member of the President's Club for Alkermes PLC, a biotech firm, as one of 12 top sales members in the company. He was an active member of Corvair Houston and attended West Houston Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Kelly Womack Finley; his mother, Paula Finley; his brother, Scott Finley and fiancée Gabrielle Kickham, of Dallas; his uncle, Jack Starkey, of Georgetown; his cousin, Joe Starkey and wife Shanna, of Austin, and his cousin, Shannon Starkey, of Austin.
A memorial service will be Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at West Houston Church of Christ, 17100 West Road, Houston, 77095, which will include a time for visiting with family and friends after the service.
Flowers may be sent through Klein Funeral Home, 1400 W. Main, Tomball, 77375, or donations may be made to any of the following: Wounded Warrior Project,
, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Scottish Rite Charities, your local SPCA or Vitas Hospice in Houston.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 7, 2013