Charles Burden Brett MD

July 9, 1944November 19, 2021

Charles Burden Brett, MD, passed away at home on November 19, 2021, at the age of 77. Son of the late Hampton Fleming Brett and Bertha Spivey Brett, Charles grew up in Windsor, NC, and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He went on to graduate from the UNC School of Medicine in 1971. He served in the United States Navy for eight years, completing his residency and serving as a pediatrician at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

In 1978, Charles joined the Sam Ravenel Clinic in Greensboro, now Carolina Pediatrics of the Triad, where he worked until his retirement in 2019. Known by many of his patients as "Dr. Charles," he dedicated his life to taking care of countless generations of children and families in the community. In addition to his practice, he was on the staff of the pediatric hospitals in Greensboro where he cared for hospitalized infants, children, and teenagers. He served as Chief of Pediatrics at Wesley Long Hospital and was a member of numerous committees for pediatric medicine throughout his career.

Dr. Brett was recently recognized by the UNC School of Medicine for his 50th year in the field. Throughout those fifty years, he mentored numerous medical students, pediatric interns, and residents. He was loved by his patients for his instant smile, infectious laugh, and quick wit. He will be remembered as a superior pediatrician with excellent diagnostic and clinical skills and as a doctor who always put the concerns of his patients and parents first.

Outside of his fulfilling medical career, Charles was a self-taught master gardener with limitless energy for sharing his passion for gardening and landscape architecture. His spirit will live on in the gardens of many, as he encouraged the new gardener with gifts from his own shade garden, designed backyard gardens for friends, and created and implemented the landscape design for Carolina Pediatrics of the Triad.

Dr. Brett is survived by his daughter, Maggie Brett Kennedy (Hunter) of Charleston, South Carolina, his son, Taylor Brett (Karen) of Greensboro and two beloved grandchildren, Hampton Kennedy and Noah Brett. The family thanks Albert Horne for his incredible friendship and caregiving over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children's Home Society of North Carolina at A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


  • Hampton Fleming & Bertha Spivey Brett, Parents (deceased)
  • Maggie & Hunter Kennedy, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Taylor & Karen Brett, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Hampton Kennedy & Noah Brett, Grandchildren


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John Osteen

December 1, 2021

Charles not only saved lives, but he changed lives. During a particularly difficult time, Charles was a true friend to me, and he always remained such. I have great memories of traveling with him and many delicious meals that he prepared, and time working in the garden together. My heart goes out to Maggie and Taylor. His memory will always live on. He was a stylish man of integrity.

Angie Sims

November 30, 2021

Dr. Brett was all three of my daughter's pediatrician. We all loved him so much. He was always smiling, telling jokes and chewing gum. He spoke often of his children and grandchildren. My deepest sympathy. He will surely be missed.

Elizabeth Mills

November 29, 2021

I had the pleasure of working side by side with Dr. Brett and was such an honor to work with him. He had a special relationship with all his patients and took care of a lot of their parents too. He has been a good Friend to me and I will always remember him and be grateful that we crossed paths in life. Love you and miss you Dr. Brett.

Paulette Kivett

November 29, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Dr. Brett’s passing. He was my younger daughter’s pediatrician and had the most wonderful bedside manner. In recent years he had also seen my granddaughter.
It’s so sad he didn’t have more time to do the thing he loved, gardening,(I never knew that about him)
My sincere condolences to his family, GOD BLESS. RIP, DR. BRETT.

Penny Shelton

November 29, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Brett's passing. I am grateful that he was my children's and grandchildren's doctor along with other family members for 3 generations. One time my oldest daughter was about 3 and playing and barley bumped her arm on the table and she said "Ouch! I need to go see Dr. Brett!". That is a testament on how the little one's felt about him also! Thank you Dr. Brett for your service to our community. You were truly one of a kind.

Jean O. Little

November 29, 2021

Dr. Brett was an excellent, caring and compassionate pediatrician. As a Director of Nursing of Children's Home Society of NC I worked closely with Dr. Brett from 1978-2003. It was a pleasure to work with him. I enjoyed him talking about his children, Maggie and Taylor. I extend my condolence to his beloved family.

Sheila Randleman

November 29, 2021

What a SUPERB physician..

I am so glad we were able to be a part in this Journey of Life.
My children got excellent care when they needed his services.

He will be missed in the community.

Sheila Randleman

Linda Comer

November 29, 2021

I was sad to see that Dr. Brett has died. I first met him when I was 26. Holding my infant on my lap sitting in the exam room, this young mother was terrified of doing the wrong thing with this awesome responsibility. I kept my fears to myself. Dr. Brett entered, and in his calm and gentle way, affirmed me as a mother. He pointed out positive things about my son, and told me I was doing a good job. This continued every time we saw him. I have thought about him so many times over the years, and about how much he encouraged me into competence as a mother. He was truly an exceptional man who made a tremendous impact on so many individuals.

Lisa James

November 28, 2021

My kids loved Doc Brett, he was a kind gentle soul, he will be forever missed.
Prayers to the family..

Amy Rhoton

November 28, 2021

I would like to send my condolences to all of Dr Charles Bretts friends and family. My children and grandchildren all were patients of his for 32 years. He was such a amazing Doctor and human being. We all loved him so much. When my son was 5 years old he was hospitalized and none of the doctors there could figure out what was wrong and they wanted to send him home. I called Dr Brett and he told them not to release him and that he would be coming by the hospital as soon as he left the office. It took him 5 minutes in the room to diagnose him with Kawasaki disease. The other doctors were upset with me for calling in Dr Brett and gave him a hard time as well but eventually they learned that he was right. Dr Brett saved my sons life. He told me years later that he received much praise for that diagnosis. My granddaughter Emma absolutely loved Dr Brett and actually made a video talking about how great he was and how he always fixed her when she was sick. That video was posted on Carolina Pediatrics Facebook. We heard the news of his passing over Thanksgiving and Emma took it pretty hard. We sat on the front porch and both cried for awhile. I want his family to know that my thoughts and Prayers are with them all. 🙏