Elder Leonard Jackson Brammer

August 11, 1920November 10, 2012

Elder Leonard Jackson Brammer, age 92, of Vinton, and formerly of Henry County, died Saturday, November 10, 2012, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born in Patrick County August 11, 1920, he was a son of the late Jasper M. Brammer and Malinda Mize Brammer. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 71 years Violet Mae Spencer Brammer who died September 14, 2011, and a grandchild, Gerald R. Lemons. Elder Brammer was the last of seven siblings.

He began his ministry at Riverview Primitive Baptist Church, Bassett, in 1955, was ordained in 1956, and began his pastorate of Laurel Ridge Primitive Baptist Church where he was a member and served as pastor until the Lord called him home. He served six other churches over his ministry of 56 years. During this time he also worked at Fieldcrest Mills for 27 years.

Surviving are three daughters, Peggy B. Hill and her husband Carlton of Roanoke, Mary Ann Conner and her husband G. W. of Roanoke, Carol B. Lemons and her husband Roy of Salem, his son, Lloyd J. Brammer and his wife Dianna of Largo, FL, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Collins Funeral Home in Bassett with Elders Tim Crane and Sam Lilly officiating. Interment will follow in Old Center Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Ridge Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Mary Ann Conner, 3016 Bonsall Lane, Roanoke, VA 24014. The family would like to offer special thanks to the girls of Berkshire Health Care, Vinton.

The family will receive friends from Noon to 1 P.M. prior to the service at Collins Funeral Home, where online condolences may be made to:


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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November 13, 2012

Prayers for the family during this difficult time!!

Darrell Barnes

November 13, 2012

Rev. Brammer was the first Man of God I heard. My Grandmother, Rosa Barnes, would take me to Riverview when I was a very small child. Men like Rev. Brammer made this country the greatest place on earth. At 53 years old, the memories of listening to him in the pulpit are still vivid to me. My family held him in the highest esteem. May God's great Grace and Love accompany my thoughts and prayers for the family at this time.
Thank you, Rev. Brammer, for living a Christian life.

Karen Clifton

November 12, 2012

Praying for all of you and feeling some of your loss. We thought of your dad as a member of our own family with so many memories over the years. He was there with us through baptisms, weddings,and funerals. He will surely be missed.
Meador and Clifton families

Darlene Cave

November 12, 2012

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Reverend Brammer. I have worked with his daughter, Carol, for over ten years and know what tragic loss this is to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Opaldeen Conner

November 12, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.