Al M. Braddock
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Asheville - Major Albert M. Braddock Sr., USMC (Ret.), passed away May 25 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his parents Marvin and Frances Braddock of Baldwin, FL, his wife Dianna of Asheville, five children Albert M. "Mitch" Braddock, Jr. (Jen) USAF, Germany, Cheri Wheeler (James) of McKinney, TX, Tracey Millar (Brett) of Fletcher, NC, Michelle Maynor (Teddy) of Asheville, NC, Ronald E. Youngblood Jr. of Asheville, NC; seven grandchildren that he loved dearly, Hailey Braddock, Cortney Braddock, Stacy M. Ahrens (Dan), T.J. Maynor, Jacob Maynor, Kaylee Millar, Shelby Millar; his brother Clarence M. "Butch" Braddock, Jr. of Dothan, AL; three nephews and their families; and his mother-in-law, Mildred Massey of Asheville.
Al served his country proudly as a United States Marine for 22 years. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1965, he received his commission in 1968 and retired as a Major in 1987. After retiring from the Marine Corp, "Maj" was a corporate pilot and then began a career as a successful real-estate broker/owner at Keller Williams Professionals Asheville.
All of his life Al worked to serve God. During his travels in the military and as a corporate pilot he was always a member of his local church. He was most recently an active member of Skyland First Baptist Church where he was instrumental part of the Building Committee and an outstanding Sunday School teacher. He was a current Gideon in the Asheville Camp and served as the President/CEO of Experiencing God Through Missions, Inc. You could hear him say he was "Putting Christianity into Action". Al's faith was evident in the way he lived his life, everyone that knew him knew that he walked the walk and talked the talk.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Cancer Care of WNC and Dr. Michael Messino and his staff.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 12:30 at Skyland First Baptist Church with Pastor David Honeycutt officiating. Burial will follow at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. The family will receive friends at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00. Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made to Skyland First Baptist Church Building Fund in Al's honor, PO Box 278, Skyland, NC 28776.
The memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 26, 2013