Charles Marion Braswell

Published 12:22 pm Friday, November 30, 2018

Charles Marion Braswell died on Nov. 21, 2018.

He was born Oct. 16, 1934 to Leander and Lula Katherine Braswell of Monroe. He spent much of his youth working on his family farm and learning to play piano. While in high school he began working at the local radio station broadcasting news and local gospel music shows. He went on to serve in the US Army and was stationed in post-war Germany where he was instrumental in bringing the news and entertainment to the armed forces and communicating messages from servicemen to their loved ones back home. Working with the highest ranking officials in the area, he received a medal of commendation honoring him for his service. Returning home to North Carolina, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his degree from the department of radio and television before going to work for WUNC-TV, while public television was in its infancy. In 1966 he married his sweetheart, Betty Starr Glover. He went on to serve as head of public relations at Duke University, where he worked 30 years. He was a man of deep faith and had a servant’s heart, serving as a deacon at Durham First Baptist Church, playing piano and organ in countless churches and services, and was named Kiwanian of the Year by the Durham Kiwanis club. He enjoyed Duke basketball, classical music, and spending much of his time with his wife and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Starr in 2016. He was a resident of Advance.

Survivors: his son Gill and wife Amy, his daughter Katherine Hutchens and her husband Ricky along with their 3 children Kaylee, Lauren and Jacob Hutchens.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Clemmons Presbyterian Church.  The family will receive friends afterwards.

Memorials: Trellis Palliative Care (formerly Hospice).