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Pattye Harris

April 19, 2010

Out 49: Family reunion draws from all over

RAMSEUR — The descendants of the late Elbert and Mary Brady gathered recently at Stout’s Chapel UMC, the church they grew up in, where their mother sang in the choir. Family members came from Maryland, Texas and Pennsylvania.

Elbert Brady, the son of Eli J. and Annie Shamburger Brady, was born Jan. 13, 1903. Mrs. Brady was born in the Piney Ridge Community on March 9, 1906, to Robert L. Green and Mary Chestnut Green.

The couple was joined in marriage in 1921. They established their home in the Stout’s Chapel Community and lived happily together until the passing of Mr. Brady on Sept. 12, 1968. Mrs. Brady passed June 30, 2002, at the age of 96. Their union was blessed with 15 children.

Their daughter Paige says, “We were a happy family, we had a farm, Daddy provided for us.” According to another daughter, Mary Ruth, “Daddy would work at saw mills or do whatever he could to earn extra money. Mama was always there to keep us straight.”

I asked the youngest daughter, Odessa, how it was growing up in a large family: “We each knew what we had to do and we did it. Mama and Daddy would go to town on Saturdays to sell produce they had grown. While they were gone we did our chores. We usually made three cakes on Saturday.”

The family was large but there was always room in their home and at their table for friends and the children of the community. The young people of the community liked to gather at the Brady home each Sunday after church.

A family this large would yield a number of descendants. I have tried to get a count of the offspring of their children. If this isn’t accurate, don’t hesitate to let me know. I promise I will print a correction.

The first child born to them was daughter Erma. She lived her adult life in Petersburg, Va., and passed away in 2008. She is survived by two children and nine grandchildren.

Their oldest son, Eli Brady, passed away in 1982. Wade Brady passed away in 1949. He is survived by one son.

Mary Ruth Cassady lives in the Piney Ridge community and attends and sings in the choir at Piney Ridge UMC. She had nine children. One is deceased and she has 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Paige Brady lives in the Stout’s Chapel community. She has one daughter and has raised two of her great-nephews. She still belongs to Stout’s Chapel UMC.

Evangeline Leach had five children, two of whom are deceased. She has nine grandchildren,16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She lives in Asheboro, attends Piney Ridge UMC and sings in the senior choir.

The late James DeWitt Brady is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The late Filman Brady was survived by one child who is now deceased.

The late Henry Brady was survived by two children, one of whom is now deceased. There are five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Odessa Spinks  lives in the Pleasant Hill Community of Seagrove. She attends and sings in the senior choir at the Pleasant Hill UMC on Riverside Road.

She had three children, one of whom is deceased. She has two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Joe Louis Brady lives in Siler City and is an automobile repairman. He is still a member of the home church. He had six children, one of whom is deceased, fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

John Perry “Jap” Brady lives in Pennsylvania. He has three children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Earl Brady also lives in Pennsylvania. He has seven children and 12 grandchildren.

Willie Brady lives in Asheboro. He has three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is still a member of Stout’s Chapel UMC and is the president of Cars to Go Auto Sales & Services in Ramseur.

He says their parents raised them to know how to provide for themselves. Harry Brady is the youngest of the Brady children and still belongs to their home church.

He is an active member of the  Empire charge United Methodist Men. He has two children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Of her grandmother, Peggy Brady says: “She was a good Christian lady and she lived it every day. She taught us right from wrong and how to treat people.”

Pattye Harris of Ramseur shares news of interest from N.C. 49, the Empire Charge area and beyond. She can be reached at (336) 824-8198 and invites readers to call her with information they would like to share.

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