Mr. Pelham L. Braswell departed this life on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville, Ga. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Saint James Christian Fellowship in Tennille, Georgia. Interment will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018 in Milledgeville, Georgia at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m.
Pelham was born in Davisboro, GA on June 01, 1919 to Joe and Annie Braswell. He was preceded in death by wives Patsy and Lillie; two sisters Daitha and Cleo; and brother Comer.
P.L. enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 (He served during World War II) In 1946 he received an honorable medical discharge.
Mr. Braswell worked for Thiele Kaolin Company for thirty five years, retiring in 1981. He was an energetic entrepreneur who worked until he was in his nineties.
P. L. accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and worked diligently in Mt. Zion AME Church most of his life; serving as a steward until his health failed.
Pelham has been a very visible force in Washington County, serving the community in various capacities. During the 1960s and 70s he and his longtime friend Richard Turner were very active in the civil rights movements in the county, working with SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference). He was actively involved in the political affairs of Washington County and was a member of the Democratic Party Committee of Washington County. History records him as one of the first three blacks elected as City Council members in Sandersville. Additionally, he was instrumental in getting citizens in the county registered to vote by providing them transportation to the Voters Registration Office. Bro as he is affectionately called, worked untiringly campaigning for others running for office. He marched in Atlanta, Sandersville, Milledgeville, and Wrightsville for Civil Rights and allowed Hosea Williams to spend the night in his home. On Thursday, September 30, 2018 a street was named P.L. Braswell Way in his honor. Mr. Braswell fed many and gave guidance to young men, even giving jobs to alcoholics and those on drugs.
He leaves to cherish his life and legacy six daughters Tommie Merritt (Bill), Barbara Harris (Willie Bob), Harriet Williams (Larry Bruce), Jeanette Warner, Sandra Braswell, and Delores Bloodsaw-Nelson (Zachary); son, Darryl Fort (Diane); six step children , Daniel “Dickey”Coleman (Barbara), devoted step daughter Kathy “Von” Roberts (Bruce), Jacqueline Fragher, Ricky Harper (LaToya), Roderidus, Anthony Gonder; twelve grandchildren and fourteen step grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren and ten step great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Mitchell (Jacqueline); several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a devoted ex-wife and cherished friend Leila Braswell Butts.