Memorials encouraged in Braswell’s honor


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Tim Little, right, president of the Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis, presents Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian, with $750 for the Empty Stocking Fund. The money is enough to provide Christmas for 15 children.


Jack Braswell


Jack Braswell was a legend around Lumberton, both as the life of the party, and for having an oversized heart.

So we believe it’s appropriate that following Jack’s death on Monday, his friends and family have decided to ask those who want to honor him, to do so with a gift to the Empty Stocking Fund. While handing us a $100 check in Jack’s name, his older brother Jimmy, and his friends were in harmony, saying: Jack would have liked that.

Jack was 67 years old when he died, a pretty good run that defied a lot of odds. His life was not easy, as there were traumatic and life-changing events in his childhood, and then a stint in Vietnam during which he was wounded three times, once spending a month in the hospital fighting for his life.

But Jack lived — and lived he did. He always has a smile and a kind word, and he made any room he was in a bit merrier. With his death, those who knew and loved him, and there are many of you, have a chance to make a child’s Christmas a bit merrier with a gift in his honor.

Jack would like that.

Today we have nine gifts for the Fund, which add exactly $2,000, pushing the total to $26,325. The largest, from Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis, is for $750, and there is also a $250 from Biggs Park Mall.

Checks can be mailed to the Empty Stocking Fund, 2175 Roberts Ave., Lumberton, N.C., 28358, or a donation can be delivered in person. As in the past, we will publish photographs with gifts of $500 or more when that request is made. To give yourself the best chance of that photograph appearing on page 1A, get your donation in early.

The vouchers can be redeemed at Roses, either the Lumberton store or the one in Fairmont.

Previous total …………………………………..$24,325

75. Southeastern Veterinary Hospital ……………………$100

76. David and Patricia Ramsaur ……………………………$200

77. In memory of Bobby Townsend, Allen Townsend Electric Inc. …….. $200

78. In memory of my Special Son, .Rudy Lynn Flowers …………………………$100

79. Biggs Park Mall ………………………………………………$250

80. In memory of Clerence F. “Ted” Locklear, from his family ……………….$200

81. Dale and Mindy Deese …………………………………….$100

82. Jack Braswell……………………………………………………..$100

83. Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis …………………………………….$750

New total………………………… $26,325

Tim Little, right, president of the Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis, presents Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian, with $750 for the Empty Stocking Fund. The money is enough to provide Christmas for 15 children.
http://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Empty-1_1.jpgTim Little, right, president of the Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis, presents Donnie Douglas, editor of The Robesonian, with $750 for the Empty Stocking Fund. The money is enough to provide Christmas for 15 children.

Jack Braswell
http://www.robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Jack-Braswell_1.jpgJack Braswell

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