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James Wesley Braswell

February 20, 1949 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 72)


James Wesley Braswell was born on February 20, 1949, in Wilmington, NC. He passed away on September 23, 2021, after a long battle with COPD.

Wes was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved flying! He was well known in Southport, NC for his many efforts to feed the shut ins and less fortunate folks. He was famous for giving away clothes, coats and whatever he felt another person needed. Wes graduated from Balboa High School in 1967 and immediately signed up for duty with the US Navy at the tender age of 17. He did 3 tours of duty to Vietnam on an aircraft carrier, Bonn Homme Richard in armament/ordinance. Earning the Bronze Star when he and another sailor pitched a live bomb over the deck and saved the ship and fellow seaman. This was only recently brought to his attention, nearly 50 years after the fact. He was very proud of his recognition.

He lived in the great town of Curundu during his time in Panama he loved fishing off the causeway and of course, the ocean. He frequently spoke of all his friends and escapades with such clarity and details always with a big grin. He loved people and especially children.

Wes is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Braswell (Jared); granddaughter, Rilynn; sister, Helen Braswell; brother, Ken Braswell (Laura); nephews, Jon Christian Lastinger (Jennifer), George Braswell (Ashley) and many cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, J. Walter, and Sarah Braswell.

A Celebration of Life service is being planned and will be announced soon. Please visit for service updates.

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