Fred Bragg
Fred Bragg
  • April 9, 1934 - December 4, 2015
  • Fayetteville, West Virginia

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Fred Thomas Bragg, Sr. left his earthly life on December 4, 2015 at the age of 81. He passed away at his home surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren.

Fred was born on April 9, 1934 at his home in White Oak, West Virginia to Edward and Nora (Woolwine) Bragg. He left home at age eighteen to join the Navy, a decision he never regretted. He had always reminisced about the places he had been around the world. After serving in the Navy, he came back to West Virginia to marry the love of his life, Frances Gibson. Together, they had five children and moved from West Virginia to Montana and a few states in between. They finally made it home in 1970 and have been here since. In 1979, Fred retired from Affinity Coal after a massive heart attack permanently disabled him.

Fred never failed to see the beauty God surrounds us with. He and his wife always prided themselves in their beautiful flowers and the joy so many others got from them. Fred and his family spent countless hours traveling just to admire this beautiful world.

The Bragg home has always had an open door to family, friends and an occasional stranger which he offered a seat at the table, a warm bed, gas money, time just to listen or help any way he could to those less fortunate.

Fred leaves behind his soul mate of 58 years, Frances (Gibson) Bragg; son Frank (Joyce); daughter Deborah Holliday; daughter Cindy Holliday (Dennis); son Fred Jr. (Malinda). He had eleven grandchildren: Jeffrey, Tracey (Jeremy), Megan (Michael), Brandon, Scott (Stephanie), Briana (Chris), Frank Jr. (Lydia), Bryan, Michael Jr. (Erin), Holly and Allyson. He also had eight great-grandchildren: Alisa, Gracelyn, Ryleigh, Rhiannon, Tristan, Paul Michael, Luke and Logan; Special nieces Charlotte Hardin and Patricia Osborne; Special sister-in-law Brenda Bragg (Gerald). They and their family were always very special people in his and our lives; Gerald is gone but the feelings for Brenda and family remain. Brothers: Keith and Timmy. Sisters: Nancy, Sandy, Linda and Kathy.

He was predeceased by: Parents: Edward and Nora Bragg. Son: Michael Allen Bragg, Sr. Brothers: Luke and Gerald. Fred’s earthly body was cremated as to his wishes.

There will be a service to celebrate his life on January 23, 2016 at 2:00pm at his home (MEMORIAL SERVICE HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM 1/23/2016 TO A LATER DATE DUE TO THE WEATHER. Some of his remains will be scattered by family as they travel back to special places they visited together. The remainder will be laid to rest in his yard beside his son, Michael.

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The family has entrusted arrangements to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Avenue, Fayetteville, WV.