William Bragg

William Obadiah Bragg Jr.

November 14, 1935 - February 2, 2020
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William Obadiah Bragg, Jr. was born on November 14, 1935 to William Obadiah Bragg, Sr. and Lilian Beatrice Burroughs Bragg in Palatka, FL. by midwife.

Graduated from Dorsey Senior High School Class of 1953 and attended Florida A&M University. Shortly thereafter he left to join the Army in 1956.

Married to Barbara Jean Robinson Bragg on February 14, 1973

Worked as a Civil Service worker for the Town of Hempstead in NY from 1977 - 2005.

Bill never met a stranger. His girls joked around and said they needed to buy a toy arm that waves and stick it in the window so he could keep his eyes on the road while waving at everyone.

He was preceded in death by his parents William O. Bragg, Sr., Lillian B. Bragg, his brother, Ullysses Bragg, his brother and sister-in-law, Ruth and Fulton McLaurin, sister-in-law, Lorraine Robinson and niece Leslie Siebert, Venita Siebert, nephews Rodney & Robin Robinson

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Bragg, his 3 daughters Yolanda Robinson-Knox, Cassandra Stephanie Bragg & Adrienne Lawanda Bragg, Grandchildren, Justice Levon Robinson, Jhaneé Chantel Bragg, Shane Allen Wade Knox & Anthony Quinn Hackett, Jr. & Great Grands King Jelijah Curll Robinson Banks.

Siblings: Cynthia Bragg Moore, Phyllis Bragg, Sister In Law Wilma Hawkins Jeanette Robinson Brother In Law John Melvin Moore & Anthony Robinson
Nephews: Raymond Moore, Marlon Moore, Ryan Bragg, Anthony Robinson, Isaac Robinson, Michael Robinson, Keith McLaurin, Kevin McLaurin, Darryl Hawkins, Daniel Alava, Gregory Hawkins, Irving Hawkins Jr., Charles Siebert, Steven Robinson, Beatrice Henderson, Jeanette Robinson, Faith Robinson,
Nieces: Desiree Coulanges (Renand), Tamar Kendrick (Kevin) Pamela Robinson-Whyte (Ewart)
Aunt Ella LeSane, countless beloved cousins, and friends.

William was known by Bill, Billie, Bragg, Mr. Bill, Mr. Bragg, Junior, Oop, Obadiah

He was known by a lot of people by a lot of different names. He was a provider for this family, he went above and beyond for EVERYONE, whether he knew you or not. He never met a stranger. He stopped and waved and talked to everyone. He spoke at least 2 languages. He was kind and gentle. All respected him.
He was SO wise & SO kind (kinder than most should ever be)
He made sure Cass & I were rooted and grounded in God. He held us to a higher standard that most.... so we hold ours to that same standard.
He once told me that there isn’t anything I can’t accomplish once I put my mind to it. He taught us SOOOOOO many wisdom nuggets, that I’m still digesting them.
He literally destroyed his back & spine ensuring that his family didn’t lack.

He is now and will forever be my Superman. I’ll ALWAYS miss him, but I’m happy to know that he has been made whole again by the Father. I find peace in that. We appreciate all of your prayers, love and condolences.
We love you all & he does too. His legacy and life principles will live on forever
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  • Visitation

    Friday February 7, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Friday February 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel
    419 Dowd St
    Durham, NC 27701
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  • Celebration of Life

    Friday February 7, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday February 7, 2020 2:00pm
    Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel
    Address Not Available


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My good friend Oop. You got to "finish line" first,so we'll see you in the "winner's "circle. We will always miss your great personality and honesty.
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