BLACK CREEK - Mr. Danny Hyland Braswell, 59, died peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2008, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah as a result of brain cancer.
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Born in Swainsboro, Ga., he grew up in Bryan County and graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School in 1966. He began work at Southern Bell and served the company for 41 years in various capacities including assistant manager, supervisor and specialist in Network and Operations. He was well known throughout the state for his knowledge of the telephone system and leadership capabilities and became dubbed as "the brains behind telephone networking." He served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Guam, San Diego and Charleston and received an honorable discharge from the Navy. Danny was an active and dedicated member of the Pembroke Holy Church of God.
An avid outdoorsman who loved to fish with his 8-year-old grandson, he was also a member of the Tar City Hunting Club in Bryan County and the Telephone Pioneers of Georgia. Family, friends and neighbors knew Danny as a master chef. He loved entertaining and was locally known for his fine barbecue and fried fish. He enjoyed the holiday seasons, volunteering to fry turkeys for any neighbor or friend that dropped by. Danny also had a woodworking shop and enjoyed making special pieces of furniture for others, especially for his two daughters. Danny shared his passion for gardening with others by planting enough vegetables in his garden to share with community members. Living life to its fullest and loving people was Danny's way. He was a walking testament of his faith and he leaves behind for his family the gift of the joy of knowing he is finally home and fully well again.
Danny is survived by his loving and supporting wife of 40 years, Ophelia Rowe Braswell; two devoted daughters and their husbands, Delia B. (Chip) Mobley of Statesboro and Lisa B. (Mike) Bohannon of Guyton; grandsons, Danny James Bohannon and Wesley Hyland Bohannon; his parents, Eugene and Imogene Braswell of Bryan County; four sisters, Dianne (James) Lamb of Brunswick, Dale (Kenny) Holcombe of Bloomingdale, Darlene (David) Conley of Pembroke and Debbie Holcombe of Bryan County; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral: 2 p.m. on Friday in the chapel of the funeral home with Dr. David Hooks and Dr. Lawrence Butler officiating. Entombment will follow at Bulloch Memorial Gardens with Dr. Charles Houston and Mr. Perry Langston officiating. Military honors will be rendered at the crypt side.
Active pallbearers will be Carroll Thompson, Rocky Reed, Lynn Parker, Brent Conley, Mike Davis and Roger Butler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny's Bell South co-workers, members of the Golden Bells Sunday School Class and Tad Bentley.
Remembrances may be given to the Pembroke Holy Church of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 522, Black Creek, GA 31308.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.stricklandandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, West Chatham Chapel; (912) 748-2444.
Statesboro Herald, May 1, 2008
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2008