Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Hawes Bragg

Published 4:03 pm Monday, September 14, 2015

Ms. Elizabeth “Betty” Hawes Bragg, 86, of Mocksville, died in her sleep on Sept. 13, 2015.

She was born May 5, 1929, in Providence, R.I. to the late Russell C. Hawes and Amey Peck Hawes. Ms. Bragg grew up on her family’s farm until the age of 12 when they moved to Baltimore, Md. She was a member of several Methodist churches in the places she lived throughout her life. Ms. Bragg graduated from Western High School in 1946. After working in a bank and playing on sports teams, her brother decided she needed to attend college and sent in her application to Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. She graduated in 1952, after playing basketball and field hockey and being a member of the Phi Mu sorority, with a major in physical education and a minor in English.Ms. Bragg taught for the next three years in three states. At the age of 25, she married and became a stay-at-home mom for many years. Her three children were the joy of her life. She returned to the workforce for a few years, before retiring and joining her daughter in North Carolina.Ms. Bragg loved the outdoors, playing golf, working in the yard and watching the Atlanta Braves. She still loved her Boston Red Sox above all, though. Her favorite place was the beach and she enjoyed yearly family trips to watch the waves, get her feet in the sand, and watching people.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard P. Hawes; and sisters-in-law, Mary and Shirley.

Survivors: 2 sons, Bill and wife Faith of Cross Lanes, W.Va., Jim and wife Kelly of York, Pa.; a daughter, Susie and husband Dave of Mocksville; grandchildren, Amey Cejas and husband Jorge of York Springs, Pa., Scott Bragg and wife Brittney of Charleston, S.C. and Hope Bragg of Buckhannon, W.Va.; 2 great-grandchildren, Julian of York Spring and 6-week-old Henry of Charleston; 2 brothers, Russell L. Hawes of Towson, Md. and Raymond G. Hawes and wife, Betty of Cheshire, Conn.; many nephews and nieces; and other family and friends.

A funeral service was to be conducted at 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Chapman officiating. Burial followed in Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery. The family was to receive friends from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials: Davie Public Library, 371 N. Main St., Mocksville; Davie YMCA, 215 Cemetery St., Mocksville (Memo: upkeep of the outdoor track); or Jerusalem Baptist Building Fund, 3203 US 601 S, Mocksville.

Condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.