Charles Brooks Gulledge

April 24, 1943July 1, 2019

Charles Brooks Gulledge, 76, died on Tuesday, July 1, 2019. He was born in Monroe, NC to Herman Wells Gulledge and Margaret Brooks Gulledge on April 24, 1943, the same day his father received his WWII draft notice. Brooks grew up in Hamlet, NC, spending his childhood swimming and skiing with the James sisters at Hoot and Holler, the name of their beloved house on the lake. A graduate of Darlington Preparatory School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brooks first worked at Southern National Bank in Lumberton, NC and, shortly thereafter, moved to Raleigh to work with real estate developer, John O. D. Williams. He furthered his knowledge of building and real estate transactions while working for Cameron Brown in both Raleigh and Washington, DC.

Following his years with Cameron Brown, he spent many years as an independent contractor and homebuilder: he built houses with his long-time friend, Tom Blanton, worked with JAG, Inc. to build senior congregate care centers, and established Gulledge Building Company, Inc. An impeccable builder, Brooks was vigilant in ensuring his homes were of the highest quality. He worked for years with a talented team of custom cabinet makers, carpenters, electricians, framers, and decorators. Several said they loved working for Brooks because of his kind, patient way of delegating and listening. He was a man of his word, and he would not rest until all of his home buyers were fully satisfied. He received thank you notes from his buyers and, through the years, heard repeated compliments from those whose homes he had built.

Active for years in the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, Brooks served on the HBA Board of Directors, the Public Relations Committee, the Government Affairs Committee, the NC Housing Hall of Fame Board of Governors, the NC Building Code Council, and the National Association Board of Directors. He was one of the top twenty-five most active Spike Club members, recruiting at least two new members to HBA each year. He served as HBA President and received the honor of Distinguished Past President. His homes received special recognition from the Parade of Homes. Soon after his retirement, he was inducted into the HBA Hall of Fame.

He was selected to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Wake County Schools Facilities Planning and Funding. A long time active member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church and the Jubilee Sunday School class, he was an especially active board member of the Ruth Sheets Center at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Brooks was a hole-in-one-making golfer, and he also loved to visit Oriental, NC to spend weekends on his sailboat, the “Blue Heaven II.” He used to joke that he traded in his sailboat for children, and he loved being a father to Jim and Laura. He was the self-appointed photographer for all of his children’s special events, always making copies of his pictures to share with participating families. Photography being a passion, he took beautiful pictures of each North Carolina lighthouse. In recent years, he took much pleasure from watching hummingbirds, managing to snap a picture of a hummingbird drinking from a small feeder held in his mouth (a picture that was later published in the N&O).

A true Tar Heel, Brooks was devoted to his alma mater and, for years, never missed a football or basketball game played in Chapel Hill. A photograph of the Old Well won him third place in an Our State magazine photography contest. His memories of being in school in Chapel Hill were joyous, and he loved all things Carolina.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Mary Creech Gulledge and children, James Brooks Gulledge and Laura Parker Gulledge; his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Cindy Gulledge; nephew Wells Gulledge, his wife, Dawnn, and their children, Brinkley and Baker; and nephew Mark Gulledge, his wife Felisia, and their daughter, Carley.

The service to honor Brooks’s life will be held at Edenton Street United Methodist Church on Monday, July 8, at 11:00 AM. All are invited to the reception in the Garden Gallery directly following the service. Memorials may be made to the Ruth Sheets Adult Day Care Center at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being made by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.


  • Edenton Street United Methodist Church


  • A memorial service with a reception to follow Monday, July 8, 2019


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Nancy Fields

July 7, 2019

So sad to learn of Brooks’ passing. Brooks and I built homes in the same subdivisions for many years. His gentle and kind nature made him a cherished friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and his dear friend, Tom Blanton.


Rose Brogli

July 6, 2019

One of my first listings 35 years ago Brooks let me sell and after that I listed a lot of his homes
He was always so kind honest and treated every buyer special
He was a great man
Rest in peace
Rose Brogli

Brenda Stancil

July 3, 2019

Brooks was loved by the Stancil family and all of those who knew him through Mary and her parents, Vivia and Jimmy. How could you not? Brooks was a genuinely wonderful person: gentle, humorous, considerate, compassionate, and loyal to friends and family. He made people feel important and loved. His smile, then greeting warmed your heart. He was the photographer who captured family events and thoughtfully made copies for others to treasure those memories. He made time to visit when it would have been easy to simply be too busy. Brooks earned our love and admiration. We are so very grateful for having him touch our lives.

To Mary, Jim, and Laura we send our love.

michael payne

July 3, 2019

Brooks was my first cousin and friend. His Mom and my Mom were sisters. A huge part of my childhood memories are all the visits to Hamlet and spending time with Brooks and his family and everyone stayed close through the years. My daughter Sarah attends UNC so that of course cemented the relationship even more. I loved him! I'll miss him! If everyone treated people the way Brooks did and had just a bit of his sense of humor , it would be a better world.

Bobby Crenshaw

July 3, 2019

My brother (Billy) and I grew up with Brooksie and family in Hamlet. We attended High School together. He was always class guy, smart, good dresser. Most importantly he always was nice to everybody around him.

Thoughts and Prayers go out to all of family, know he will be missed.
Bobby Crenshaw

David Holland

July 2, 2019

Brooksie was a good friend and neighbor in Hamlet

Rob Weaver

July 2, 2019

Brooks was a wonderful friend who helped welcome our family to Raleigh many years ago. Our family had the pleasure of sharing many wonderful memories with Brooks and his family (Mary, Jim and Laura). We bonded over CASL soccer (thanks for all of the wonderful pictures!), the Stepping Stones (how! how!) and many church and neighborhood activities.

Brooks, Thanks for your friendship! We will all remember the good times together. We will miss you.

Charles Gamble

July 1, 2019

To the family and friends of Brooks I worked with Brooks on many new homes that he built in the Raleigh area. He was very attentive to details and getting things done right. I have been out of touch with him for the last few years but I want the family to know that I will keep them in my prayers . Sincerely Charles Gamble Dominion Landscaping Raleigh N C