Craig McNall (Bud) Bramley of Statesville, North Carolina passed away peacefully on July 5th 2021. He was a beloved husband and father and was an active in his community. He loved his faith where he continued as a member of the Men’s Bible Study at First Presbyterian Church until his death.
Bud was born in Brockport, New York on March 31, 1929. His early years were spent in New York State. He enrolled at Hobart College (Hobart, New York) after graduating high school where he pursued and was awarded a degree in Economics. While at Hobart he distinguished himself as an outstanding athlete lettering in Football, Baseball and Basketball. He set school athletic records which still stand today. Bud was even offered a Professional Baseball tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals. His interests and priorities turned him from athletics toward serving his country.
Upon graduation, Bud enlisted as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy. He served as a Bombardier Navigator during the Korean War. His military service took him all over the world including Italy where he had the privilege of having an audience with Pope Pius XII. While not a Catholic, it was a moving and memorable experience that he remembered very fondly. Throughout his life Bud was a proud Military Veteran and held all who serve their country in the highest regard.
Bud entered the workforce upon completing his military service and began his work career supporting Americas Space and Defense programs. He worked for General Dynamics in Cape Canaveral Florida where he met Caroline McInnis. They married on July 11th 1956 and would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year. As his career progressed, Bud joined Lockheed Corporation (Lockheed Martin) where he worked for over 30 years retiring as a Vice President of Human Resources. Bud spent much of his career supporting NASAs Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.
After leaving the workforce, Bud and Caroline retired to Statesville North Carolina, where they fell in love with the community. Throughout retirement Bud was an active community supporter of several charitable organizations. He was actively involved in fundraising for the expansion of facilities and programs for Fifth Street Ministries and was also an active supporter of the Children’s Hope Alliance. He was a regular “Bell Ringer” for the Salvation Army and was an active member in the Statesville Rotary Club.
Beyond his civic involvement, Bud was also an avid Golfer. He was a member at Statesville Country Club where for all of his years in Statesville he enjoyed his participation and fellowship as part of Club 18. Bud was well known for scoring under his age for 18 holes (beginning in his 70s and continuing into his late 80s). This occurrence was a great source of pride and was a testament to his skill and competitiveness.
Bud also loved Music. All types of music. It was not at all uncommon for Bud to be singing along with the radio whether the artist was Willie Nelson, Andrea Bocelli or One Direction. Music brought great joy to his life.
“I’m Happy, I’m Healthy, I’m Terrific” was one of his favorite sayings and reflected the way he tried to live his life. He loved his Country. He had the love of his family and friends, he was well regarded by all who knew him and he led a full and happy life. He will be missed by many.
Bud is preceded in death by his father Craig Floyd Bramley his mother Helen McNall Bramley and his sister Jean Woods.
He is survived by his wife Caroline McInnis Bramley and sons Craig McInnis Bramley (spouse Jennifer Sponholtz Bramley), Douglas McNall Bramley, Gary Floyd Bramley and William Charles Bramley (spouse Tammy Houston Bramley). Bud is also survived by 7 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM Saturday, July 17th at the First Presbyterian Church, Statesville, North Carolina. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Buds memory to Fifth Street Ministries or the Children’s Hope Alliance.
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Fifth Street Ministries
1421 Fifth St., Statesville NC 28677
Children's Hope Alliance, Barium Springs Alumni Fund
156 Frazier Loop, Statesville NC 28677