Charlie Ray Brady 66, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at UNC Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC.


Charlie was born September 9, 1954.   He was a graduate of North Moore High School, class of 1973. Charlie worked in the poultry industry before becoming a machinist for Ingersoll Rand Corporation for over 22 years.   He then worked in Sanford as a machinist and later was a truck driver for Wilson Brothers Trucking. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.  Charlie loved flying and soloed his first time at the age of 14 years old. Time spent with his family was most important.  He proudly watched his grandchildren play ball, participate in band and dance competitions.  He loved when his family could go camping at the beach in the summer and fall. Charlie was a Mason.


Charlie loved the Lord.  He was a faithful member of Glendon Independent Christian Church, where he served in many roles over the years, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, Deacon, choir leader and member.  Charlie also ministered at Manor Care Rehabilitation Center, where he offered devotions and music. He witnessed to all and his love for Jesus shone brightly in his daily walk with the Lord.


Charlie was a son of the late James Brady and Jessie Brady Caviness and was preceded in death by brothers: Frank Brady, Wade Brady.


Charlie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cathy; children: Tara Brady Ritter and husband Bradley, Timothy Brady and Melissa Saunders, Phillip Brady and wife Angela; grandchildren: Hannah, Trevor, Logan, Carson, Madison, Haley, MacKenzie, Bobby, Savannah, Brittney, Brett; siblings: Lorraine Wood, Jewel Jessup, Yvonne Brady, Paul Caviness, Christine Brewer; many nieces, nephews and friends. 


Funeral service will be 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Glendon Independent Christian Church, with Reverend Brian Beane and Reverend  Curtis Barbery officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 :00 PM in the church fellowship hall.


The family asked that we follow COVID precautions, including wearing a mask during all services. 


Memorials may be made to Masonic Home for Children of Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.


Kennedy Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brady family.


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  1. To the family of Charlie Ray, so sorry for your loss.. I can still see him as a little boy..That little boy is in Heaven with mama Jessie and Papa Jim……He has a big big smile on his face.

  2. Prayers for Charlie’s family!! We thought a lot of Charlie and Kathy. I am glad Charlie’s suffering is behind him and he has gone to be with his Saviour.

    Family look to the Lord for comfort, help and strength during this trying time. Read John chapter 14 for help during this time of grief.

    Paul and Linda

  3. Kathy & family,
    Our emotions are so very bittersweet right now: so heartbroken for you all at how much you will miss Charlie & his early life here with you; but so happy for him that his faith is now made sight & he is with his Lord & Savior! Please know that we love you all & are here for you, in any way we can help you. You are very special to our family, & we share in your grief & loss. Our love & prayers are with each of you!❤️

  4. Cathy and family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Charlie Ray was such a sweet person always had a big smile .I know he will be missed but he is at home with his heavenly father. Praying for you.

  5. My Sincere and heartfelt Sympathy to you Kathy and all your family! You will carry him always in your heart, such a good man gone to soon! I know you have wonderful memories that will help and your faith will sustain you!

  6. Kathy and family, so sorry for your loss. You and Charlie have always been dear friends, I’m going to miss that big smile and his voice at ballgames, but he is with Jesus now (even bigger smile) Praying for God’s comfort for you all. Love you. Paula

  7. Prayers for your comfort, and think about the songs Charlie is singing in heaven, Charlie’s faith is now sight and he has looked upon the face of his saviour

  8. With our deepest sympathy and prayers now and the days to follow. We are so sorry. Charlie was a great person . He isn’t suffering anymore and we will surely miss him! Eddie and I have a lot of wonderful memories of him. He loved Jesus and he shared Jesus with others. What a blessing he was to us and many others as well! Love you all!

  9. We are praying for the family of Charlie Brady. May God give you strength and comfort during this time. Charlie was such a friendly and caring person.

  10. Uncle Charlie, I will love you and miss you the rest of my life here on Earth. God chose the BEST when he chose you. No doubt in my book that you are one of his Elite and will live in his kingdom forevermore.

    Love and peace to Aunt Kathy, Cousins Tara, Phillip and Timothy.

  11. I will miss my sweet brother’s smile and laugh, I’m so glad I got to hug him and tell him I loved him the last time I talked to him!! I can’t wait to see him again!! I love you Charlie!! ❤️

  12. I knew Charlie for the short time he was working with us at Wilson Brothers and I loved the person I got to know. He could very easily bring a smile to anyone’s face and he was a great person to talk to about anything. I will miss him terribly but I am happy to know that our Heavenly Father decided to bring His child home. I pray for those he left behind to have peace and strength in the days ahead. God is holding you all!!

  13. Kathy,
    You and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God strengthen you each day. I know you have great memories to cherish forever.

  14. Our hearts are broken that we have lost Uncle Charlie. We will never forget his wonderful smile and laugh:)
    We send lots of hugs and prayers for Kathy, Tara, Philip, Timothy, and their families. We are here for each of you!

  15. Kathy and Boys and Grandkids so sorry for your loss he always had a smile on his face Heaven has gained a new Angel one day we will get to see our loved ones oh what a wonderful Day that will be. Praying for all of you threw the next difficult days. Love and Prayers , Dale and Nancy Brown

  16. Kathy and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Charlie. What a friend to so many . Always a pleasant smile. He had a big heart and concern for me and others when we met. That is appreciated. He will 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

  17. Charlie began a very dear friend a short time ago. We cherished his friendship and visits. He will be missed by everyone.

  18. Our deepest sympathy and love to Kathy, Tara, Phillip, Timothy and all the grandchildren. Charlie was a wonderful brother! His love for God was shown in every aspect of his life. He will be missed. Knowing he is with his Savior will help sustain us all. May God comfort everyone! Love you Brother!

  19. So sorry for your loss. Charlie was a good man and always had a smile. Prayers for Cathy and family at this difficult time and the days ahead.

  20. Kathy, Tara & Family, Heartfelt sympathy to all. Cherish your memories. May God grant you peace & comfort during the coming days.

  21. Dear Melissa,
    May you, Timmy, and family find peace and comfort in all the good memories of this man
    and all he did for his family throughout the years. Even though I do not know Timmy, I truly
    believe he is what he is because of the upbringing of a good family with strong faith. Please know
    that I am thinking of you, all you have done and are continuing to do in good faith. My thoughts and
    prayers are with this family that include so very many.


    • Kathy and family,
      We are so sorry to hear of Charlie Ray’s passing. Praying for you all, that our LORD will comfort and bless you.
      In CHRIST,

  22. Charlie was a great friend, co-worker and Christian. I’ll miss his laugh when we shared a joke. He always asked about my wife and prayed for her.

  23. Thinking of you all. Sending loves and hugs from Virginia. Charlie was a great person and boy did I love his little chuckle when he laughed. He’s up there with my dad praising Jesus and goofing off.

  24. So saddened to hear about you & your precious family’s dear loss. Holding y’all close to our hearts & in our prayers. We love y’all & are so so sorry.

  25. Cathy and family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. Charlie was a friendly person and always carried a smile. I know you will miss him!! Prayers and sympathy.

  26. So sorry for your loss Kathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Charlie was a special man. Cherish your wonderful memories. God Bless you all.

  27. I’m so sorry for your loss Kathy. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Charlie was always such a happy man. He was a special person. I know you have many wonderful memories to cherish. God Bless you all. Love in Christ

  28. Charlie was one of the sweetest people I love to hear him laugh and a kind sweet soul He was! He will be greatly missed.
    Family we send our love We are praying for all of you!

  29. Kathy and Family, Sorry for your loss, God be with you. Charlie was a Great friend and Brother to me and I will miss him also. He’s gone home now and no more suffering. Keep the faith and we’ll all join him in God’s time. Prayers for you at this time.
    David and Teresa Phillips

  30. May this very appreciated and loved family be comforted by the knowledge that so many share their lose.

  31. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for you Cathy, children and grand children and all his family and friends in the days ahead! May God bring you all peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead!

  32. I am sorry to hear of a Class of 73 member passing. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with his wife, children, grandchildren and siblings. I enjoyed so much being around Charlie at North Moore. The last time I saw him was at a class reunion and he was just as jolly as he always was. Heaven gained a good man!

  33. We have so many fond memories of Charlie singing and his contagious smile. “Mansion Over the Hilltop” was one of our favorites he did so well. Prayers for comfort and deepest sympathy for Cathy and family.

  34. With “Heart-Felt” Sympathy and Prayers 🙏. ” As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.” May God hold each of you especially close through this time. Wonderful memories of Charlie and Kathy sitting close to us at band competitions. Charlie was always such had jolly man with a beautiful smile. Matthew 5:4

  35. All my love and deepest sympathy goes out to Cathy, Tara, Timothy, Phillip, and all the family. Charlie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, and friend …..
    a great Christian man to everyone!! His smile and laughter was genuine and warmed the hearts of all he knew and met. He will certainly be missed but leaves all of us with many memories to cherish.
    May you be comforted in the days ahead by these precious memories and knowing he is with the Lord now and reuniting with the loved ones who have gone on before him. Oh that great reunion day….what a day that will be!! Love you all and praying for each of you. 🙏 ❤
    Jackie Preslar

  36. To the family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry for your loss.
    Harold, Pat, & Misty Clark
    Psalms 115:16

  37. Kathy,
    I am sorry for your great loss! As you know, Charlie and I worked together for years, and for me it was so easy to tell where his heart lay, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, you, and your children. May you and your family find comfort in the loving arms of our loving Heavenly Father.

  38. Sorry for your loss, Charlie and I had a lot of fun in carpentry class, I ran into Charlie deer hunting in the Glendon area and caught up on what was going on. May God bless and comfort all the family.

  39. My Uncle Charlie – his laugh could fill a room… when he smiled, his whole body smiled, so anyone around had to smile, too. By far, one of the most kind hearted men I’ve ever known. We all are better people for having him touch our lives in some way. He will be missed till we see him again. I can’t help but think he’s lighting up heaven with that smile and having a ball singing with Jesus.❤️

  40. Charlie was a sincere lover of his personal savior Jesus Christ and was always very happy to tell you about his relationship with the Lord. He will be such a missed part of our family here at Wilson Brothers, but a very precious addition to heaven. Our prayer are offered up this day, and those upcoming, for each of Charlie’s family to look upward toward that same wonderful Lord that Charlie is now face to face with. May God give each of you His comfort and His understanding in the days ahead.

  41. Dear Cathy and family, You have all been in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will bless you with His comfort and strength for the days ahead. We know that Charlie is in heaven with the Lord and just waiting until that great reunion for all the saved in Christ. Lord bless you all, Jayrene & Bill Maness

  42. Prayers and deepest sympathies to Cathy and children and grandchildren. I had been praying for Charlie to be healed here on earth, but God had other plans and his ways are best. He is completely 100 percent healed in a glorious new body. I will always remembered that big ole smile.I knew him from growing up together at Beulah Baptist Church.

  43. May you find peace from your Heavenly Father during the days ahead. Charlie was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Love and prayers 💞✝️🙏

  44. Words cannot convey the sympathy I have at this time. Just know that I understand the pain you each are feeling. At the same time I know the joy in your heart that you know he is with our Heavenly Father and we shall meet again. May GOD bless and strengthen you each. Charlie always had a laugh in his voice. He blessed with his singing here on earth. He is singing with the Angels now.

  45. I count it a blessing to have known Charlie since we were little. He was the one my age from his well loved family. I’m sad he has gone on before me but God doesn’t make mistakes.
    I know Charlie is worshiping His Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Until we meet again in Heaven Charlie. Family you are loved.

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