Gene Bracewell

October 8, 1934May 8, 2018

It is with sincere sadness the family of V. Gene Bracewell report his passing on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018 at 83 years of age following several years of declining health related to idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was surrounded by his loving family as he passed peacefully to eternal life with his Lord.

His memorial service will be at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St., Atlanta, GA at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018, followed by interment at Crestlawn Memorial Park. The family is receiving guests on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 2-4 and 6:30-8:30 pm at Spring Hill.

Born in Atlanta to Vernon & Ethel Bracewell, he married Gloria Katharyn Hildebrand June 3, 1956. They would have been married 62 years on June 3, 2018. Gene attended both Georgia State University and Emory University before launching a career at National Chemical Co., an NSI company, where he rose to be its President. In 1960 Gene became a Mason and Shriner and found a passion for his volunteer work and leadership. Gene served as President of the Yaarab Shrine Band and was the youngest man ever elected as Potentate of Yaarab Shrine Temple in 1973. He was also an associate member of Shaddai Shrine in Panama City, FL. He went on become Imperial Potentate of the Shriners International and hosted its annual international convention in Atlanta in 1985. Gene was a member of the Charity Daylight Lodge No. 754, York Rite-Chapter 56, Commandery No. 27; Scottish Rite-Valley of Atlanta, Orient of Georgia. Honorary member of the Supreme Council, Order of DelMolay 33rd Degree. Past Sovereign, Red Cross of Constantine, Atlanta, St. Ambrose Conclave. Gene was also a member of the Yaarab Temple in Atlanta where he was initiated in December of 1960. He rose to serve as Potentate in 1973. Over his career Gene excelled in becoming the youngest leader to reach so many high offices of honor. He however found his greatest fulfillment in serving years as Chairman of the Board of Shriners Hospitals for Children 1986-1996 and as Treasurer of SHC from 1997- 2012, leading the organization through a major rebuilding of its system of twenty-two hospitals and establishing Shriners Hospitals for Children as one of America’s most revered and broadly supported philanthropies.

Gene was awarded the 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite Masons, an honor that cannot be sought or applied for but only given in recognition of exemplary leadership and service to the tenants of Masonry. Gene is survived by his wife Katharyn, his daughter Vicky Carroll her husband Julian, and their son Jared and daughter Katie; his Son Richard Bracewell and Wife Jennifer, and their daughter Roma; and his daughter Kathy Bracewell all of Atlanta, GA.

He is also survived by his brother Jim Bracewell and his wife Nancy of Atlanta, their sons and Gene’s nephew Ron Bracewell and his wife Jamie, and Michael Bracewell, and his wife Callie and children Griffen, Caroline, Alexandria, and Ellie.

He is survived by his Brother-in-law Tommy Hildebrand (deceased wife Barbara) of Senoia, GA and their son Don and his wife Jean along with their children. A number of relatives also survive.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, please consider the contributions to Shriner’s Hospitals at or mail to Shriner’s Hospitals, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL. 33607.


  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Larry yarbray

May 12, 2018

I would like to say Gene was the best man on the Lords earth. He always was like a second father to me. I so respect this Man as if he was my father. I was heart broken to hear the news. Gene will always be a great memory in my life until the Lord takes me home. My prayers goes out to the family and please know our family loves each and everyone. God Bless and know for sure Gene is in Heaven looking down on us.

Pete Robinson

May 12, 2018

A Man for all Ages

Gene was the best - a mentor for me, not just for the business world, but for life in general.
He was firm, fair, organized, disciplined, and a leader.
He was National Chemical, and as a fellow employee by name of Jim Snellgrove said,
he was the Godfather.
Rest in Peace God Bless Godspeed

Prayers and thoughts to Katharyn and family.

Pete Robinson

Wayne Witczak

May 10, 2018

Gene was my Boss, Mentor and Friend... He came into my life when my Father passed and was a Father figure. Gene taught me everything I know and I contribute much of my success to him. His legacy lives on through everyone he mentored every leader he lead and every child he served. He will be dearly missed. I loved this man and will honor his memory in everything I do. Prayers to Lady Katharyn and family /G\

Charlyn Coleman

May 9, 2018

I'll always remember Gene's Imperial Session. We were on the 33rd flour of the Peachtree and they were filming the original Spider-Man movie. I opened the drapes one day to have a guy stuck to our window with suction cups. Gene always greeted my husband Wally when they crossed paths. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Love, Charlyn Coleman, Aquarius Temple No. 138