Longtime Braselton Town Council member Herbert Brown “Kit” Braselton Sr., a member of the town’s founding family, died Friday, the day before his 93rd birthday.
He was the youngest son of one of the three Braselton Brothers, called the 3 Bs, who founded Braselton Bros. Store, a three-story brick structure built in 1920 now being renovated by the town of Braselton with help from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
Built on some of the land settled in 1876 when William Harrison Braselton relocated his family from Hall County, the department store provided for most all the needs of the community, from banking, post office, clothing, furniture to coffins.
The store’s origin dates to 1887. The town of Braselton — located where Hall, Jackson, Barrow and Gwinnett counties meet — was incorporated Aug. 21, 1916 with William Henry Braselton as the first mayor, beginning a tradition of the family being in leadership roles of the town.
Kit Braselton served on the town council for 33 years and served as mayor in 1998.
The Rotary Club of Braselton developed a video of his memories and stories in 2010. A copy will be presented to the Braselton Library.
Tracing his ancestry to two Revolutionary soldiers, Jacob Braselton and Gen. George Washington, he became a member of Gainesville Lyman Hall Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in 1993, and later chapter president for two years.
He was born in Braselton on Feb. 16, 1920. He graduated from Braselton High School in 1937, from the University of Georgia in 1942, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific.
After the war, he helped run his father’s store as manager of the hardware department. He and brother Herman were joint managers of the Braselton Improvement Co. Hardware and Building Materials. He served as a director of the Braselton Banking Co.
“Mr. Kit Braselton is finally dancing on streets of gold,” said Starla Harbin, worship leader of Northeast Church.
Braselton is survived by his wife, Peggy, two children and six grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Northeast Church of Braselton.