Fred Braswell passes, is remembered

Published 5:19 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fred Braswell (right) is shown in a 1971 photo with then-bank president Wallace Harper at Robertson Banking Company during the bank's 100th anniversary. -- Courtesy of Robertson Banking Company

Frederick Oscar “Teddy” Braswell, Jr., passed away on Sept. 13, 2010, having lived his entire life in Demopolis. He was employed at Robertson Banking Company from Jan. 1, 1962, to Dec. 31, 1989, having served as the president of that bank until his retirement in 1989, and was active in community organizations and events.

A graduate of Demopolis High School, Braswell attended the University of Alabama and graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Banking. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Demopolis and was an active community leader in the Demopolis Rotary Club. He served as member of the Demopolis City board of education and served 40 years as treasurer of Dixie Youth Baseball. He was also a member of the Demopolis Country Club.

Prior to working at Robertson Banking Company, he worked in the family business, Braswell Brothers Hardware, which was located on Strawberry Avenue. When that business closed, he was hired at the bank.

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“When I moved to Demopolis, Hugh Lloyd and Teddy hired me for my position,” said John Northcutt, chairman emeritus of Robertson Banking Company. “So, I will always be indebted to them for that.

“He was always very affable, very easy-going and easy to deal with. I just have fond memories of Teddy and all my relationships with him.”

“He was a great person to work for,” said Florence Flowers, who served as Braswell’s administrative assistant and was an employee at the bank for 40 years. “He tried to please everybody, and he wanted things done right. He loved to meet the people; he would come and talk to them and make them feel welcome.

“He was such a good person. It’s a big loss to the town and to everybody. I visited with his children (Wednesday), and they are such a good example of him raising his family.”

“Even after his retirement, he still came to the bank every week,” said Willene Calloway, assistant vice president and internal auditor at Robertson Banking Company. “When we think of Robertson Banking Company, his name is one that comes to mind. He was always a gentleman, very polite to everybody.”

“He couldn’t have been a better boss,” said Carole Minor, RBC senior vice president of operations. “Sometimes, we’d be here working late at night or on the weekends, and he was right here with us. If there was something he could help us with, he would help, and if not, he brought in food for us. He was just very thoughtful and considerate.”

Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church in Demopolis at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16. Dr. Art Luckie will officiate the service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred O. and Maurine Braswell; a brother, Samuel Neilson Braswell; and his wife of 60 years, Virginia Tolman “Wee” Braswell.

He is survived by his sister, Maurine Braswell (Riddell) Abrams; a daughter, Pamela Braswell (Don) Daily, a son, Frederick Oscar (Sandra) Braswell III; four grandchildren, Gayle Daily (Brian) Kenah, Michael Tolman (Tara) Daily, Katelyn Virginia Braswell and Frances Tolman Braswell; two great-grandchildren, Daily Virginia Kenah and Tolman Lawrence Kenah; and several nieces and nephews.

The pallbearers will be Sam Braswell, Mark Abrams, Boyd Mackey, Bill Mackey, Michael Daily and Lee Sorrells. Honorary pallbearers are the Friday night supper club, Demopolis Rotary Club, Methodist Men’s Sunday school class and the Friday Episcopal Church breakfast group.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations can be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Decatur St., Demopolis, AL 36732, or Demopolis Public Library, 211 E. Washington St., Demopolis, AL 36732.