We have lost all of our Real Sons in South Carolina and the Grandsons are not far behind. Please join me in offering condolences to Buzz and the family.  Though I never new the man, you can see a lot of him in his children.  I am sure he is resting peacefully and watching over his family.  May the Lord watch over them as well.  We will definitely be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.
The obituary listed below is for 8th Brigade Commander Buzz Braxton’s father.  In addition to all that is written about him in this narrative, He was a Real Grandson.
Wayne Jones
5th Brigade Commander
SC Division, SCV








J.V. ‘Joe’ Braxton — Orangeburg


J.V. “Joe” Braxton, 92, of Orangeburg, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at the Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in the Chapel of Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Danny McLellan officiating. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens.


Nephews will serve as pallbearers.


The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m., and all other times at the residence.


Joe was born on Aug. 1, 1921, in Screven County, Ga. He was the sixth of 13 children born to the late John Crawford Braxton and Jerusha Beard Braxton. He operated a truck stop in Georgia, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Navy Seabee. In 1948, he founded Braxton Construction Co., Inc., where he served as president until his retirement. Joe was a lifetime member of the Orangeburg Elks Lodge 897 and the American Legion, member of the USC Gamecock Club, and Sons of Confederate Veterans Rivers Bridge Camp 842. He attended Prospect Southern Methodist Church in Jamison. Joe was a mild-mannered gentleman and will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him.


Mr. Braxton was predeceased by his wife, Catherine “Kitty” Braxton; two sons, John C. Braxton and Randall B. Braxton; and eight siblings.


Survivors are two sons, J.V. “Buzz” Braxton II and Charles A. “Chuck” Braxton (Cathy), all of Orangeburg; four grandchildren, Jonathan Braxton, Matthew Braxton, Mary Braxton and Catherine Braxton, all of South Carolina; one brother, John Braxton of North Carolina; three sisters, Patricia Brewer of Georgia, Norine Clifton and Sara Padgett, both of Florida; and a special companion, Dorothy Collier of Orangeburg.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Prospect Southern Methodist Church, 585 Waterspring Road, Orangeburg, SC.

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Condolences may be expressed at  Dukes-Harley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.