WILMINGTON, N.C. — Retired Col. Charles R. Brackett, 84, of Wilmington, N.C., joined our Lord on a glorious day in heaven on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Ray was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He became a warrior for Christ and was often described as a “1Corinthians13 man.”
Ray was born Dec. 11, 1928, in Gastonia, N.C., son of the late James Brackett and Lottie Clemmer Brackett. He was preceded in death by five siblings.
Retired Col. Charles R. Brackett, (Ray) served in the United States Army on active duty for 33 years. During his military tenure he participated in World War II while assigned to 82nd Airborne Infantry in Germany. During the Korean War he served with the 1st Republic of Korea Regimental Combat Team and participated in numerous combat operations in North Korea defending the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea. During the Vietnam War he was the Public Affairs Officer for the Combatant Commander in South Vietnam. As a highly decorated combat veteran he was inducted into the Artillery Officers Candidate School Hall of Fame for Heroism in Combat and Life Time Achievements. After departing active duty, Ray continued serving his nation for another 17 years as Professor of Military Science for Junior ROTC at New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C. Ray Brackett proudly wore his military uniform for 50 years. With his passing, our nation has lost a war hero and a national treasure.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Moore Brackett; daughter, Roxanne Cibuzar and husband, Paul (Lt Col US Marine Corps Ret), of Nisswa, Minn.; two sons, Charles Richard Brackett and wife, Patricia, of Gainesville, Ga., and John Channing Brackett (Lt Col US Army Ret) and wife, Lucy, of Lansing, Kan.; five grandchildren, Katie Johnson (Josh), of Baxter, Minn., and Charlie, Rachel, John and Rick Brackett; three great-grandchildren, Caden, Luke and Emma Kate Johnson; two sisters, Von Valletta and Kay Lineberger (Alfred); and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Andrews Market Street Chapel.
A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Myrtle Grove Evangelical Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ron Roughton and the Rev. Jim Glasgow officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ray’s memory to Coastal Christian High School, 1150 Kings Highway, Wilmington, NC 28409, or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.