THE BEST THERE WAS IN HIM
While 1888 marked the end of The Judge’s life at age 67, his impact would influence generations to come. One admirer recalls, “Judge McBrayer was endowed with a noble mind, a clear, far-seeing brain and a strong, generous heart.” Whether as a Judge on the bench, a Legislator in the State Senate, a merchant, a cattle dealer or distiller, he gave the best there was in him — with the desire to treat everyone fairly and do justice to all. Following his death, The Judge’s son-in-law, D.L. Moore, and his three grandchildren took over the distillery, but this did not come without its share of controversy. In his will, W.H. requested that his name be stricken from the distillery business after three years. With the McBrayer name valued at over $200,000 at the time, the family appealed to the State Supreme Court, and the will was overruled. D.L. and the grandchildren were allowed to keep the McBrayer name associated with the Bourbon.