The world became a better place on July 30th, 1941 when Billy Joe Brady entered the world. Billy Joe Brady, age 79, passed away February 8th, 2021. A native of Bennett NC he was the son of the late Floyd and Dorothy Brady. He was preceded in death by brothers: Clifton, Recil, Paul and sisters Frances and Mary Lou. 


He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dolores Upchurch Brady; children: Penny Brown(Mickey), Wendy Brady(Dale), Stacy Branch (Todd): grandchildren: Paige Evans(Micah), Will Brown(Alisha), Andrew Branch, Jackson Brown: great grandchildren: Malachi, Vivian Claire, Solomon and Judah Evans; brother: Raymond Brady; many nieces, nephews and friends. 


Reverend Billy Joe Brady was dedicated to the Lord and had a zeal for sharing the love of the Lord daily. He never missed a chance to let someone know that Jesus loved them. The churches he pastored over the years were Highfalls Wesleyan, Big Oak Christian, Community Baptist, Raeford EMC, Putnam Friends. He also served many churches over the years  in other capacities.  Outside his love of the Lord, came his pride and joy, his family. In his early days of preaching he also served the Moore County community with the Sheriff’s department as a  Deputy Sheriff and in communications and in the Highfalls Fire Department. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, checking out classic cars, and helping others by cutting their grass.


Private Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Robbins First Baptist Church, officiated by Reverend Kenneth McNeill and Reverend Billy Chriscoe.  Public Committal service will follow at High Falls United Methodist Cemetery.  


The body will lie in repose form 2:00 till 5:00 PM, Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


Please honor the family by following COVID precautions when attending the services.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Robbins First Baptist Church, P O Box 400, Robbins, NC 27325 or High Falls United Methodist Church, 547 River Road, Robbins, NC 27325. 


Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brady Family.


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Memories Timeline


  1. I’m so sorry for your loss! Billy Joe was a wonderful pastor, he preached my mother’s funeral and he and his precious wife stayed with us at the hospice house the night before she passed and he prayed with me and my family until late that night, I will never forget how good you all were to me and my family! Praying for you all in the days ahead may God give you peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead!

  2. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of a wonderful man who was a great example of a Christian man. Our loss is heavens gain. I’m sure Daddy was happy to see him! Prayers for all of you

  3. Prayers for all of Billy Joe’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!! Lean on the Lord for comfort, help and strength which He alone can give. Always remember, “Jesus really does care for you. He sees and knows your every need.”

    Paul and Linda Horner

  4. We are so sorry for your loss…Billy Joe was a great preacher and a wonderful man. Prayers for the family
    Swannie Dunlap and family

    • Dear Deloris and family,
      We are so sorry to learn of Billy Joe’s passing. We loved to hear his preaching. Although he is now happily with the LORD, we know that you will have sad days to come. We pray that our LORD will comfort your hearts.

  5. Our prayers are with all of the family. Preacher Brady has a special place in our hearts. He married Terry and I this year will be 30 years ago we loved him and his sweet family.

    Love in Christ
    Pastor Terry & Lois Ann

  6. So blessed to have know Pastor Brady. We have enjoyed having him at Robbins First Wesleyan this past year. He was a wonderful man. Always on fire for the Lord. He will be greatly missed.
    Prayers for strength and peace for his family.

  7. billy joe brought me the messages i needed to accept the lord as my savior and i will be forever grateful . now i know he is in heaven that he preached about. we miss you rest in peace bobby hudson

  8. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around your family and give you strength, peace, and comfort during this time.

  9. Lorsie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about Billy Joe, but you and I both know there’s a better place and people we love waiting tor us. Take comfort knowing you will see him again. Lots of love and prayers to you and your family.

  10. Deloris
    Sorry to hear about Billy Joe,he was a character
    Always would speak to you don’t think he knew a stranger
    To lose your husband and brother within days of one another is rough but you have a great family to lean on and I know they will be there for you

  11. We love this man he was our preacher but he was one our Best Friend He was a big part of my Family he was a strong man and always on the move he would go out and shake the bushes as he would say he brought people too church that you thought would never would have came he didnt care who you was or your backgroundor color . Me and Dale enjoyed being with him and his wife going out to eat and them car shows taking them Mustang , and helping with those benefits we will never forget you Billy Joe, we love you .God bless and praying for all the Family. We will all see you one Day

  12. So Sorry to hear of this. He was a special person to us. But rejoicing for him for he is now at HOME!
    The Lewis Family Asheboro NC

  13. Love and prayers to you all. I have always known Billy Joe and Lorsie but getting to know them better at church this past year has been special for Carl and I. Our hearts break for you but we are comforted in knowing that Billy Joe is Home. Love , Carl and Paula Lineberry

  14. Praise Our Lord Jesus for the witness Billy Joe had ! May Jesus give you grace for the days ahead praying for you.

  15. Billy Joe was a wonderful man of God! He was my pastor when I asked the Lord into my heart and he baptized me. I know he was shouting praises to the Lord on his arrival in heaven!! Hugs and prayers to his family!! He will be missed💕🙏

  16. It was our pleasure to get to know Billy Joe and Delores by sharing meals and fellowship at Little Village Restaurant. He was a jokester but always became serious when he spoke about the Savior. He was always ready to share a prayer request and to happily take one from us. We will miss his cheerful disposition but are rejoicing that he is with his Savior and Lord . We will certainly keep all his sweet family in our thoughts and prayers. Until we see you again friend celebrate in Heaven with your Savior. Much love, Craig and Brenda Pickler

  17. My sincere sympathy for all of Billy Joes family! I am so sorry for your loss and will never forget his compassion when Leon passed! You all have a Special Angel watching over you from heaven above!

  18. So sorry for your loss.he always made you feel welcome
    I sang at his church first time in 1988 in silver city.prayers for you all.he is seeing now what he preached about.

  19. Prayers for the family…loved to hear him preach the Gospel ..his quote “Rock an Roll”…His foot was on the rock and his name “Is” on the Roll…. R.I.P.

  20. So sorry for your loss,he will truly be missed. He was a very special person and I love to hear him preach and shout. He’s shouting in heaven. 😇🙏🏻

  21. Dolores, Penny, Wendy, Stacie and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Joe. What a great man of God. He was an encouragement to everyone he met. Always positive for Jesus and the salvation of others. He always had a good word for me professionally and personally. He loved his girls and is so proud of you all. His commitment and love for Dolores is undying. He will truly be missed. May God cradle you all in His loving arms now in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  22. I really never got to meet him personally but I know one of ‘his daughters Stacy. He raised her to love the Lord and that is a testament of his love for God. He is resting in the Saviors arms that he told so many about and he is waiting for all of us to join him in that Heavenly home. Can’t wait to meet you in Heaven save us a seat at the table.

  23. May God grant peace and strength to the family. This is indeed a sad time for us that are left behind. However, there shall be a joyful reunion one day. My condolances.

  24. We are so sorry for the passing Of Billy Jo. He always had words of encouragement to say every time we were together and shared the work of the Lord. Our love and prayers are here and continue to be with all the family.

  25. To Stacy and Family, we are so saddened to hear of your loss. God gives us the gift of memories that death cannot destroy so be sure to reflect upon those memories often. Reverend Billy Joe Brady is resting in the arms of Jesus now. We love you and are praying for you and your family.🙏💜

  26. I am certainly going to miss my “Neighbor”. When I was out and about in the community and ran into Billy Joe there was never a time that he didn’t speak to me. He was always so kind to me and my husband. Always ready for a good joke and a brief “howdy”. I am going to miss weekend Little Village breakfast visits and getting to speak to him. Dolores and Family, I am praying for all of you and sending love your way.

  27. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Billy Joe was a kind and gentle natured man who always shared his love for the Lord with others. I have known him a long time and always enjoyed talking with him. He will definitely be missed by all who knew and loved him. May all of his family and friends be comforted knowing he is rejoicing in heaven now, and may precious memories give his loved ones peace. ❤ 🙏
    Jackie Preslar

  28. We are sending prayers and loving thoughts to the family of Billy Joe Brady. He sincerely loved the Lord and wanted everyone to be saved. His ministry touched many people. God will give comfort and peace in the coming days.

  29. I’m so very sorry for the loss of Billy Jo. He was a great Christian Man with a beautiful Christian family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers

  30. We loved Billy Joe and it was an honor to get to know him better these past few years. He will always hold a special place is our hearts. We love you all and are praying for comfort from Gods loving arms.

  31. Hi Nana & Family. Ron and I are grieving with you but also celebrating with Billy Joe. It has been 21 years this month since we both were saved under Billy Joe’s Preaching on Green Street in Raeford. He was a significant part of the change in our life due to the Gospel. We always looked forward to seeing you both whenever we got a chance. Usually the first thing out of his mouth was, What’s up Meanness or Trouble? He will be missed but I am sure he is celebrating with Mrs.Carol and Mrs. Webb. Love and Prayers are with you all!

  32. I’m so saddened by the loss of this wonderful irreplaceable man of God. I remember Stacy telling wonderful stories, in high school, about how his love was undying and infinite for everyone. Prayers for the Brady family

  33. All our love and prayers for the family. Billy Joe was very special to our family. I had the pleasure of learning many things from him when it came to sharing the gospel. He was such a great servant of Lord and an honor to be his friend.

    Chris and Dale Wilson

  34. So sorry for your loss, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. He was loved by everyone that knew him. He always shared Jesus with who ever he met.

  35. Our deepest sympathy to you, Delores and all the family. We were so sad to hear of Billy Joes passing. All of you will be in our prayers for comfort and peace and On our hearts. We love you all.
    Jack and Brenda Burks

  36. Billy Joe was a wonderful person and a Godly man. He baptized Fay and myself, I think, in the 1980’s. He will surely be missed by a lot of people. I know that he is with his Savior now waiting on his family and friends to join him in eternity.

  37. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Billy Joe during his time with the Sheriff Dept.years ago. I remember him being kind and always with a smile.
    May God bless all the family with that Peace that passeth all understanding during this difficult time.💕🙏

  38. Penny, I’m so sorry about you losing your dad! I’m so thankful he’s gotten to see your children as adults and your grandchild. Many hugs.

  39. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time, that God would wrap you in his loving arms and hold you close to his bosom as only He can. He is truly the God of all comfort.

  40. To the Brady family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Billy Joe was a wonderful person, and a great preacher. He always had a heart for people. I enjoyed spending time talking with him. He knew my mom and her family, and he shared so much about growing up with them. I can only imagine his smile and shout when he met our Savior face to face. “Well done thy good and Faithful Servant”. We will see him again! Praying for each of you and yet rejoicing for God has promised, we will see our loved ones again. Love to you Ms Delores, Penny, Wendy and Stacy. God Bless you!

  41. Billy Joe will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

    Prayers of comfort for each of you; Lorsie, Penny, Wendy and Stacey. We know you are grieving and our hearts are breaking for you……but THERE’S JOY IN THE CAMP TODAY!!
    We visualize BJ as he entered the gates of heaven shouting, “WELL GLORY!”
    ~Don & Wanda

  42. My heart goes out to all of the Brady family. Billy Jo and Delores, aka, Nana, are some if the most caring and loving people God ever created. I know” preacher” is shouting to be with his Lord and Ssvior, now. Praise God! He was definitely a man of God. He wanted to lead everyone he knew to salvation and save their souls from Hell…He was a great, strong Bible believing man and it showed in his daily walk. Both he and Nana were there for me when I needed comfort, and a shoulder to cry on. I thank God for leading me to the church Billy Jo lead for my convictions. He was a great preacher and personal friend ❤. I can almost hear him shouting from Heaven now.

  43. He always let his light shine for Jesus! I know he is rejoicing! I enjoyed getting to know him in the recent years. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. ❤️🙏

  44. I am so sorry for the family with the passing of Bro. Billy Joe. He was such a good man and I loved to hear him preach. Love you all.

  45. So sorry for your loss. Billy Joe was one of a kind. He loved people and cared about their salvation. He would do all he could to help others. Spent many days with him at my frame shop just chatting and talking about Jesus when he lived in Raeford. He was with me as my grandpa left this world. Such a great comfort to my family in our time of need. And last January came home to preach my grandmothers funeral. I could always count on him. He will be missed. Love you Nana and Stacie. I will be in much prayer for you and your family.

  46. “Well done, thou good and faithful servant . . . enter thou into the joy of the Lord. This is the verse that comes to mind when we learned of Billy Joe’s passing. He was always such a wonderful witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was such a blessing anytime and anywhere we saw him.
    Our thought and prayers go out to all the family. We pray that our dear Lord will comfort and strengthen you all as you face the days ahead. Love, in Christ, Jayrene and Bill Maness

  47. Our condolences to y’all all! Billy Jo was a cowboy boot wearing, preacher man who PREACHED GOD’S word, not world’s word! I’ll be forever grateful for his guidance & compassion he showed my family when my brother passed in 1991… God’s blessings for peace and comfort to y’all all!

  48. With Sympathy and Prayers 🙏 for all the family. ” As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.” Matthew 5:4

  49. So very sorry for your loss. First met Billy Joe when he was our insurance agent back in the day. Prayers for Delores and family during this most difficult time. Love and prayers.

  50. Sympathy and Prayers
    Maness Family sends our Heart to the Brady Family. Your pain is felt just as you walked with us during our lose over the years. Billy jo was dear to us and missed greatly. We think of him and know that “God is the Everlasting Arm” to bear us all up and now Billy jo is with the Lord make it even more everlasting. With sadness and love know we are here for you if ever you have need. just ask.

    Loving, Prayers,
    Gene, Pat, Jimmy, Lorie, Johnny, and David Maness

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