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07/04/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Joe Braig

Joseph Francis Braig
(27 Apr 1916 - 30 June 2017)

Hampton High School Class of 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   The sad news again continues today. 
Joe Braig, Hampton High School Class of 1936, widower of Shirley Lawrence Braig, passed away in Hampton on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the age of 101. 

From the Daily Press - 07/04/17:

  Joseph Francis Braig


HAMPTON - On Friday, June 30, 2017, God looked around and decided it was time to call His faithful servant home to help tend the garden. Joseph Francis Braig, 101, joined his beloved wife Shirley to whom he was married for 67 years.

Born April 22, 1916 in West Point, NY to Eugene Charles and Agnes Marie (Baldwin) Braig, the family moved to Hampton when Joe and his four brothers were very young and they grew up on Newport News Avenue.

Joe graduated from Hampton High School in 1936 and took courses at both Georgetown University and New York University.

Joe was a founding and longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, a member of the former Hampton Lions' Club, and a lifelong member of the Hampton Elks Lodge #366.

Before going to work at NASA-Langley, Joe worked for a time at the Newport News Shipyard. He retired from NASA in 1981 after 35 years of service during which time he was responsible for establishing the Small Business Program. It should be noted that all of the five Braig brothers, Raymond E., James "Ros", Eugene C., Richard "Dick", and Joe, worked at NASA with a combination of 184 years of service. 





Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Braig Ward of Fayetteville, NC; his granddaughter, Patricia Rau King and her husband, Kenny of Burlington, NC; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Marie and Austin Brian King; and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard V. Braig (Katie).

He will be missed by many other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel by Deacon Jose Gonzales. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Joe's family would like to express a special thanks to Jeannie Peters and Ralph Ryan who brought so much happiness to his life.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, 531 Hillsboro Street. Fayetteville, NC 28301.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on July 4, 2017.
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Braig's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

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Image of Charles Bosseron Chambers' Painting, "The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ", courtesy
of - 03/11/09

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of - 03/11/09

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Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Lions International Logo courtesy of - 02/06/08  

Benevolent Order of the Elks logo courtesy of - 01/26/08

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