Walter “Walt” Henry Braswell was born May 2, 1946, to the late Walter Braswell and the late Bernice Jenkins Braswell Edwards. He grew up on the north side of Albany, GA in the CME area. He was raised by a village of grandparents and an uncle, Estelle Braswell, Henry and Willie Jenkins, and Uncle Peter Walls. He is the oldest of seven children; two preceded him in death along with a son, Wesley.
Walt attended public schools in Dougherty County. He attended Monroe High School in the mid-sixties where he was a star basketball player and part of the “Starting 5”. He was also a star pitcher on the baseball team. He got his love of the games growing up in Holly Homes Projects and playing ball at Carver Park, now Driskell Community Center, where he became a phenome in those sports.
Before graduating high school, Walt enlisted in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Walter lived in Cleveland, OH, and New York where he worked in sales at upscale men’s clothing stores such as B.R. Bakers and Nordstrom, to name a few.
Later in life, Walt returned to Albany. Due to his love for the game of basketball, he became a coach in the city league for over 20 years. He was also affiliated with the late Willie Boston and the Westover High Patriots Championship basketball teams.
To cherish his life, Walter leaves many survivors, including his loving children: Latresa Woodson of Brandywine, MD; Anthony (Victoria) Braswell of Warner Robins, GA; Walter Henry Braswell, III of Albany, GA; and Melanie Wanetta Braswell-Thelian of Oakland Gardens, NY; four brothers: William and Wayman Braswell, both of Albany, GA; Wendell Braswell of Los Angeles, CA; and Warren (Jackie) Braswell of Cincinnati, OH; seventeen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a number of nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.
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