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Caroline Murdaugh Brame

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 13, 2017 @ 3:43 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 11 Comments

Durham – Caroline Murdaugh Brame died peacefully at The Forest at Duke in Durham, North Carolina on February 12, 2017.

Born in Charleston, South Carolina on July 23, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Marshall Frederick Murdaugh and Gertrude Munzenmaier Murdaugh.  She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, James (“J.B.”) Ballard Brame and her brothers Marshall Frederick Murdaugh and Marion Edward Murdaugh.

Caroline was a graduate of Durham High School and Croft Business School.  In Durham as a life-long member of the Watts Street Baptist Church, she contributed through teaching Sunday School, Circle Ministry, Church Receptions, and Youth Activities, and she was active in the Junior League, the Debutante Ball Society, and a member of Hope Valley Country Club.  At Topsail Beach she served on the Board of the Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel and participated in the Sea Turtle Rescue Patrol.

She was recognized by The Durham Herald/Sun as Mother of the Year in 1967, an award wholeheartedly applauded by her children.  A talented cook Caroline enjoyed entertaining family, friends (especially her bridge club), and J.B.’s business associates as well as traveling, gardening, walking and shelling on the beach.

She is survived by her sons, James Ballard Brame, Jr. (Anita Wilkinson); Robert Marshall Brame (Martha Bynum), Randal Alan Brame (Leslie Jones), all of Durham, and her daughter, Linda Brame Hundley (James Davenport Hundley) of Wilmington, NC.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, James Davenport Hundley, Jr. (Cathrine Williams) of Wilmington, NC; Caroline Hundley Jones (David Stewart Jones) of Chapel Hill, NC, Elizabeth Brame Hundley of Wilmington, NC, Amy Brame Stanfield (Mercer Fales Stanfield) of Durham, Anna Brame Goodmon (James Fletcher Goodmon, Jr.) of Raleigh, NC, Martha Murdaugh Brame, Robert Marshall Brame, Jr. (Jennie Ledford), all of Durham, NC, Alice Brame Merritt (Robert Joel Merritt) of Raleigh, NC, Bailey Elizabeth Brame of Raleigh, NC and Randal Alan Brame II, (fiancée Tori Neese) of Charleston, SC.  “Mimi” was joyous over her great grandchildren Eliza, Stewart and Katherine Jones; Linden and Sydney Hundley; Jim, Mercer, May and Wren Stanfield; Fletcher, Watson, Walker and Frances Goodmon, Marshall and Chandler Brame; and Addisyn and R.J. Merritt.   Most special to Caroline in her final times were the staff at the Forest at Duke and her most dear companion, Lori Bowen.  The family will be forever grateful for their loving care.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Maplewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts Street, Durham, NC 27701 or the charity of one’s choice.


Condolences for the family of “Caroline Murdaugh Brame”

Condolence from Randy Lane on February 14th, 2017 10:51 am

Our family prays for your comfort at this time. Our hope is that the grief you feel now may gradually be replaced by the joyous and wonderful memories you have of the time you spent with your wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She certainly led a full and rewarding life. Today she is no doubt singing with angels. May God bless you and your families.

Condolence from Richard A. (Dickie) Hutchins on February 14th, 2017 4:48 pm

Never forgot her or her family. She was actually den mother of my cub scout troop. An incredibly sweet, caring and gentle lady. It was some time ago but I remember her like I was still in that little band of cub scouts. Bless Her.

Condolence from Richard A. (Dickie) Hutchins on February 14th, 2017 4:54 pm

Never forget her, a wonderful den mother who hosted my cub scout troop for a number of years. What good times …all made possible by her graciousness and kindness. To say we learned a lot from her during that time is more that an understatement.

My sincere condolences to the family, particularly Jim, Bob, Randy and Linda

Condolence from Richard A. (Dickie) Hutchins on February 14th, 2017 4:57 pm

My sincere condolences to the family. Especially to Linda,Jim, Bob, and Randy

Condolence from Glenda Emory Poston on February 15th, 2017 6:58 am

Jimmy and Anita, So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. I remember her as being one of Durhams most Beautiful women. Her presents will be missed by all. You and your Family are in my Thoughts.
Glenda Emory Poston
Beaufort, NC

Condolence from Monte Teal Sorgi on February 15th, 2017 11:25 am

I’m so very sorry for your loss! What a amazing long life. She surely knew how much she was loved. Rarely does a family truly pull together and make a great effort to see their elderly parent daily. Growing old is not for the faint of heart. Randy , take comfort that you loved and cherished your mom every day. My thoughts are with you, Leslie and the entire family.

Condolence from Jeff Davis on February 16th, 2017 9:11 am

While words never seem adequate at moments like this, I do want to express my sympathy for your loss. I hope that your fond memories of Mrs. Brame will bring comfort to your family.

Condolence from Kay & Mike Sharples on February 16th, 2017 10:02 am

Our sincere condolences for the loss of such a beautiful person and essential builder of the wonderful Brame family character. May she rest in peace and may her spirit and memory keep you hearts safe and warm through eternity. We wish strength, and the joy of remembrance of a life shared, to all of you as you endure her loss. – With deepest sympathies-

Condolence from Ed Best on February 16th, 2017 10:08 am

I was the mailman for Caroline and JB for many years when they lived on Stuart Dr. I have really missed seeing them. They both were so gracious to me and treated me like family. My mom Betty Best now of Greensboro was a good friend of Caroline.

Condolence from Dot Shoaf and Rob Shoaf on February 16th, 2017 4:14 pm

We share your grief and yet also the joy of having the Brame family as friends of the Shoafs for so long. Peace be with you at this time and always. Our hearts go out to you all.

Condolence from Sarah (Vann) Wyne on February 26th, 2017 7:22 pm

Dear Bob and Jim – How blessed you were to have such a wonderful mother. May the love she gave you and memories you have ease your pain. My sympathy to also Marcie, Anita and rest of the Brame family.

With love,
Sarah (Vann) Wyne

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