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Thomas Brailsford Sr., son of Carolina Shaw Jr. and Mazzie Brailsford Shaw, was born on January 15, 1963, in Bishopville. He departed this earthly life on May 13, 2023 at Agape Care of Lexington. He was raised and attended the public schools of Lee County and graduated from Ashwood High School. Thomas joined Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church at an early age, where he served as a faithful member of the Trustee and Usher Boards. He entered the United States Army in 1982. During his years of service in the Army, Thomas held many ranks and positions. He traveled and served in the U S Army at many locations inside and outside of the United States. After Thomas retired from the US Army, he worked for the United States Postal Service for many years. He was devoted father, solider, and friend. He was a member of the Roanoke Chapter Masonary in Roanoke, Virginia. Thomas enjoyed spending time with family and friends whenever he could and was always ready to travel and take road trips often. He enjoyed fishing and hunting through-out the year as well as attending and participating in car shows through-out many states. In his spare time, Thomas especially enjoyed watching his favorite western shows and movies, while playing and showing his grandchildren how to build wooden car models and how to work on his actual car. Thomas will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those who knew him. Thomas leaves to mourn and is survived by: his loving parents, Carolina and Mazzie Shaw of Dalzell; two brothers, Michael (Letha) Shaw of Norfolk, VA and John (Tish) Shaw of Dalzell; mother-in-law, Louis Nelson of Dalzell; loving wife, Anne Brailsford of Columbia; six loving children, Caroline (Mike) Johnson of Greenville, Thomas Brailsford Jr. (Lanette) of Sumter, Antwanisha Brailsford of Greensboro, NC, Dontrell Brailsford of Charlotte, NC, Kira Brailsford and Kayla Brailsford of Bishopville; ten beautiful grandchildren, two uncles; six aunts; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during limited visitations from 4:00 - 6:00 p. m. at the home, 3131 Woodrow Road, Dalzell. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Friday, May 19, 2023, at the Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church, 2738 Woodrow Road, Woodrow, with Rev. Dr. R. L. Brown, Pastor, Eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the Church at 10:00 a. m. for viewing until time of services. The procession will leave the home at 10:30 a. m. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Memorial Garden, Pear Street, Woodrow.

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