Fred Bragg

April 9, 1934December 4, 2015

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 Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm at his home. 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.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 23, 2016


Fred Bragg

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January 8, 2016

so sorry for your loss fred was a good man i shall miss him

Susan Kennedy

January 7, 2016

My prayers are with the family. I wasn't his family but he always made me feel good when he was around. He always made me laugh. He was my brother-in-law Gerald's brother, but he made me feel like I was apart of his family. RIP Fred you will be greatly missed.

brenda bragg

January 6, 2016

Fred was a very special brother n law.There are very few people will ever have a (brother to me) brother n law like Fred .he was a blessing in my and my kids life.when gerald and i where frist married.we went to montana to live with fred and frances .it was a long way to go for a 16 year old girl.but that is where gerald and fred found a job.i was scared at frist didn't know them very much then.but they welcomed me into their family as if i had always been there.everytime fred would move somewhere else to find work .we always followed and was always was welcome to live with them until we got back on our feet.i think at one time or another all of his and her brothers or siaters lived with them.there door was all ways open to everyone.Gerald loved him with all his heart and so did i.i remember when he had his frist heart attack.he was only 45 and i was pregnunt with my son .i was so afraid and so was greald .but god came thru and blessed us with 36 more years with fred.there where a lot of times we just didn't know if he would pull thru.setting in the hospital with all that loved him waiting for him to get better.and the waiting room would be full.i just hope he knew how much he was just won't be the same with out him.i will always have the memoreies.and believe me there are so meny.he always made us all laugh.even when things where bad.they just don't make people like Fred any more.but it took a real good wife like frances to keep him in line.had to get the last word Fred.Frances,Frank.Debbie.Cindyand Fredie.and all the grand babies.i love everyone of you and if you need anything i will always be here.the last words fred said to me was he loved me.and that he just couldn't believe he was gone( gerald).so they will be together again. love brenda

Brenda Varney-Criss

January 6, 2016

I felt someone come up behind me and hug me and say-hey stuck up. He was one of my favorite people on this earth. Although I never got to see him much it was always nice. I will miss him so much... I'll pray for Frances and the family.

Brenda Varney Criss

Kiersta Rhodes

January 6, 2016

Miss Debbie and your sweet mother, Frances....I am so sorry to hear about this...I remember how good you all have been to me...and how accomadating your father was to me and roger when we got a TV(?) Maybe????....I don't remember the "thing" I just remember his helpfulness and to you all....and all the sweet grandkids too...

Libby Cumby

January 6, 2016

Prayers for you and your family..

January 6, 2016

anita McClung

December 22, 2015

Debbie, Frank and Jeff,

So sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you.

Marcy Mitchell

December 11, 2015

There is a hole in everyone's heart who truly knew Mr. Bragg. This world is a little less brighter without his presence, but he left a legacy of loyalty and love within his family that has touched so many lives, including mine, and will forever and always live within us all. Love sent to you all and know you all are wrapped in prayers.

Kay Gibson Buckley

December 10, 2015

Praying for you all.