Robert Carey Braddock
Robert Carey Braddock passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the Douglas Center for Caring in Baptist Hospital, after a brief illness. Carey is survived by his wife, Wanda Braddock, brother Eddie Braddock, children Beth (Stanley) Boles, Robbie (Joanna) Braddock and Leslie (Steve) Mallonee, grandchildren Daniel (Christine) Boles, Benjamin Boles, Emily (Buck) Marell, Savannah Purvis, Alex Braddock, great-grandson Brayden Boles and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Kennie and Cleo Braddock and his aunt Myrtis Howard.
Carey was born on September 20, 1937, in Jacksonville, Florida, and was a lifelong resident of Nassau County. Carey�s younger years were spent in Callahan and he graduated with honors from Fernandina High School in 1955. Carey enlisted in the United States Navy in 1957 and served as an Aviation Electrician�s mate on P-2V�s and was honorably discharged as third class Petty Officer in 1961. In April of 1961, Carey married his sweetheart Wanda Henderson and they celebrated 59 years of marriage in 2020.
For most of his life, Carey was a member of Five Points Baptist Church and recently moved his membership to First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. Carey gave of his time selflessly in many service clubs and organizations in Fernandina Beach over the years. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Pirates Club, and was a lifetime member of Kraft Athletic Club. Carey was inducted into the Fernandina Beach High School Hall of Fame in 2014 for exemplary service to FBHS athletics for many years, which began in high school when Carey managed the high school football and basketball teams. Carey coached Pop Warner football for several years in the 1970�s and was known as �the Voice of the Pirates� after many years of working with his longtime friend, Duane Newsome, in the Pirate baseball and football press boxes. In 2016, the Pirate baseball team honored Carey and Mr. Newsome by naming the press box �Newsome-Braddock Press Box�. Carey was recognized by the Quarterback Club for 30 years of service in the Pirate football booth and was also honored by the FBHS basketball team for his many years of service in the same capacity. For many years, Carey assisted the Shrimp Festival committee by supplying corrugated boxes from Container Corporation of America, where he was employed for 42 years, retiring in 1998.
Carey was an avid fisherman and hunter and, in his earlier years, enjoyed playing golf and softball and was on a local bowling team. Carey had a quick wit, never met a stranger and always had a big smile and a twinkle in his eye. Carey dearly loved his family, his numerous friends and the Florida Gators.
The family received visitors at Oxley Heard Funeral Home on Tuesday evening and Carey�s funeral service is scheduled at 11am on Wednesday, December 9, at First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. Graveside service will be at Jones Cemetery in Callahan, Florida at approximately 1:30pm. As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions to the FBHS Foundation.
Pallbearers will be Matt Braddock, Mike Braddock, Ryan Braddock, Jim Coleman, Carl Henderson, Ricky Pigg, Allan Reynolds, and Chris Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Boles, David Dubose, Hank Hagans, Stuart Newsome, Matthew Nissen, Billy O�Leary, Herschel Reynolds, Ken Roland, John Shave and Joey Sweat.