Retired Commander Gene Autry Brayboy, of 207 Boone Road, Lumberton, NC died on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at the age of 71 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. He was born April 16, 1937 in Pembroke, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Arthur Brayboy Sr., Lorener Jacobs Brayboy-Belk, his brother Chester Arthur Brayboy Jr., his sister Libby Brayboy-Stewart, and his daughter, Jean Brigitte Brayboy-Cummings.
The funeral will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 9, 2008, at Mt. Airy Baptist Church with Revs: Steve Strickland, Harold Hunt and Dr. Michael Cummings officiating. Entombment will follow in the Lumbee Memorial Gardens.
Commander Brayboy is survived by his wife: Shelia Hunt Brayboy of Lumberton; two sons, Terry Dean Brayboy of Lexington, KY and Gene Autry Brayboy II of the home, two daughters Lorener Eugenia Brayboy of Round Rock, TX, and Christian Ashley Brayboy also of the home. He is survived by his two sisters, Hilda Brayboy-Jones of Wendell, NC, Lois Faye Brayboy of Knightdale NC, and his brother, Jerry Dean Brayboy of Zebulon, NC and eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also, two step-children Juan Carlos Flores of Coppell, TX and Marcia Paola McAleer of Frisco, TX.
Commander Gene A. Brayboy was a graduate of Shaw University in 1973, where he received a Bachelorís of Science in Economics. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Masters in Public Health and Administration in 1976. Upon graduation, he became a Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service, where he served in numerous governmental roles. After retiring in 1992, Mr. Brayboy returned home to Robeson County where he served as Director for Sponsored Research and Programs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During his tenure from 1992-2003, he helped UNCP receive $9.3 million in grants and was the pioneer in establishing UNCPís Regional Center for Economic, Community, and Professional Development.
Dedication and perseverance are two words to describe the man who devoted his life to God, family, and public service. Commander Brayboy was a loving father, husband, brother, and devout Christian.
The family will receive friends Saturday, November 6, 2008, from 7-9 p.m. at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Hwy 72 West, Pembroke.