OBITUARY

Barry Lee Braatz

October 11, 1951February 21, 2021
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Barry Lee Braatz of Murfreesboro, NC passed away on Sunday February 21, 2021 in Richmond, VA.

He was preceeded in death by his father, Elwood Emmett Braatz. He is survived by his wife, Susan Foreman Braatz; his son, Michael McGuire Braatz; his mother, Patricia Lemmon Braatz; and his sister, Sharon Braatz Whitlock (C. Wayne Whitlock). Barry was raised in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in accounting. For the past 16 years, Barry worked as the Accounting Controller for Commercial Ready Mix Products in Winton, NC.

Barry was a devoted husband, father, son and brother. He was a man of few words and had a gentle bearing that was his hallmark. He enjoyed being the jokester to any and all friends and family members throughout his life. He also enjoyed working on projects around their home and maintained a keen interest in many sports, especially the UNC Tarheels men's basketball team.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Barry's memory to Closer Walk Ministries, a Memorial Fund for Barry Braatz. This ministry builds orphanages for children who have lost both parents due to illness in the countries of Togo, Ghana, Kenya and Congo. The ministry also builds large well projects to provide clean water to many areas in those countries.

For donations, please contact Closer Walk Ministries, 105 River Drive, Winton, NC 27986. Or, you may use PayPal through the church's e-mail address: mrb_cwm@yahoo.com

Condolences and remembrances may be registered on the Woody Funeral Home website: woodyfuneralhomeparham.com

A celebration of Barry's life will be held Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 2.pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 6329 East Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, Va. 23502.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Susan Foreman Braatz; his son, Michael McGuire Braatz; his mother, Patricia Lemmon Braatz; and his sister, Sharon Braatz Whitlock (C. Wayne Whitlock).
  • DONATIONS

  • Closer Walk Ministries

Services

  • A Celebration of life

    Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Ann Moore-miller

March 12, 2021

What a gift it has been for the Methodist parsonage to be in the Braatz back yard! I've known the Braatz family all of my life! So glad my children, grandchildren and granddogs came to know Barry!
God bless you all....

Nick Nespoli

March 7, 2021

Dear Susan,
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved husband Barry. I remember your wedding like it was yesterday. I also have many fond memories of you at TCC. One of my favorite songs you performed was "Love Is Where You Find It," and you found it with Barry.
Please contact me when you're feeling up to it. My email is nespoli239@gmail.com
Best regards and heartfelt sorrow,
Nick Nespoli

Nadine Huff

March 7, 2021

Bro, I am so going to miss you. Even though you weren't really my brother, I loved you like one and you chose to treat me like a sister. It is so hard to accept that I will not see your smiling face again. Your friends will rally around your family to help them through the grieving process. But please know that you will be missed. Love, Nadine

Susan and Lynn Bullard

March 2, 2021

A pleasure to know Barry for 40 years. Saddened by his passing.

Cecilia Jennings Zaharia

March 2, 2021

With deepest sympathy, Beth & Cissy Jennings

Martin Oliver

March 1, 2021

RIP Barry
🙏🙏🙏

Kenny Stuart

February 28, 2021

So sorry to hear of Barry's passing. We shared many good memories playing sports together in Great Bridge. I had a chance to sit with Barry at a GBHS sports gathering a few years ago. It was good to catch up on old times, ncluding the time he caught a train to Moyock. He could run like a deer.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kenny

Linda and Bob Lemmon

February 28, 2021

Bob was Uncle Bob to Barry because he was a brother to Barry's mom, Pat. Being older than Barry, they shared some good times together. Bob even gave Barry and Sharon a ride in his new Chevy Convertible, which was quite a concession since they both had ice cream cones which ultimately dripped.Barry and Bob liked to wrestle on the floor at Grandma's house. Barry would have to shout "Uncle" to be released . Barry had a great sense of humor and joined in on the Hootie Owl game of Hide and Find with Sharon,Wayne and Bob and Linda. Barry left us too soon and will be greatly missed by so many friends and a loving family. With our love and sympathy to Susan ,Michael, Sharon, Wayne and Pat, Bob and Linda and family

Don & Nancy Burlin

February 28, 2021

We are praying that God will comfort your family.
May His Peace be with you.

Carol (McGuire) Ludwick

February 28, 2021

Cousin Barry was a great guy. Have always remembered us kids having a great time on vacation trips to Great Bridge, VA in the 1950 - 60’s. Playing card games at his family’s kitchen table and then heading off to the beach. Sharing baloney sandwiches when his Aunt Janet came along. Those were the good old days and then we grew up and went our separate ways.
My husband Jim and I send our deepest sympathy to the Lemmon family. Wishing I could give everyone a loving hug.

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