James 'Jim' Brawley
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HARRISBURG - James (Jim) Franklin Brawley, age 86, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Concord, after a brief illness.
He was born June 25, 1927, in Mecklenburg County, the son of the late Robert Franklin Brawley and Genolia Deal Brawley. Jim was a 1944 graduate of Winecoff High School and a 1982 graduate of Pfeiffer College.
Jim finished his life-long career in the U.S. Postal Service as a regional budget and finance director, where he worked at the General Mail Facility in Charlotte. He began his career as a letter carrier and later sorted mail on a train from Charlotte to Washington, D.C. He also served on the former Cabarrus Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1993.
Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served at the end of World War II.
In 1949, he began a racing hobby with the Carolina Racing Team. Later in 1950, he raced for NASCAR where he ranked in the top 25 season points standings before returning to the Navy for a second tour of duty during the Korean Conflict.
He loved traveling with his late wife taking special trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii and rafting down the Salmon River in Idaho. During their 58 years of marriage, they enjoyed lots of trips traveling across America having visited every state except Alaska.
Jim had a strong faith in God and was a member of Jackson Park United Methodist Church, Kannapolis.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Bazeley Brawley, who died Dec. 20, 2010; his siblings, Frances Carey, Mason Brawley, Betty Jean Raye and Doris Brawley.
Survivors include his two daughters, Susan Brawley Searcy and husband Earl of Morganton and Ann Brawley Milford and husband, James of Waxhaw; one son, David F. Brawley and wife Ladonna of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Meghan Woodlief and husband Bryan, Jason Searcy, Melissa Antaya and husband Mike, Adam Brawley, Ryan Milford and Josh Milford.
Service and Visitation: A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Neal Brower. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends after the memorial service at the funeral home.
Memorials: May be made to Jackson Park United Methodist Church, 715 Mable Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.
Whitley's Funeral Home
1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd Kannapolis, NC 28083
Published in Salisbury Post on Nov. 13, 2013