James Ray Bramblet, II

December 24, 1960 ~ June 23, 2022 (age 61)

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Mount Holly

James Ray Bramblet II, 61, of Mount Holly passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Gaston
Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gastonia on Dec. 24, 1960, to his parents Ray and Bobbie Bramblet, James graduated
from East Gaston High School in 1979.
James was employed by US Tool as a product specialist and was highly respected in his field.
James was a skilled musician. He was active in many bands as a drummer and vocalist. His
passion for music was apparent to all and he enjoyed nothing more than spreading his
knowledge through mentoring aspiring musicians. His love of music extended beyond playing
the drums. He was the glue that held his bands together, whether it be helping book shows,
moving equipment or helping with lighting design.
An avid “gear head”, he could often be found restoring vintage cars in his garage. He was
notably proud of his most recent project “Chubb”, a 1950s Chevy pick up truck.
James was an active member of St. Marks Episcopal Church of Gastonia, where he volunteered
with various ministries including the revitalization of a community garden.
A loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, James was genuine and incredibly kind.
Most would refer to him as a truly loyal friend.
James is preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie.
James is loved and will be deeply missed by his wife of 20 years Kendall, Mount Holly, and son
Cory and fiancé Kasia of Stanley; step sons Zack Aiken and his wife Bradleigh, Tega Cay; and
Maxx Aiken of Greensboro; father Ray Bramblet, Hayesville; sister-in-law Ashley Ellis (nee
Fodrie) and her husband Glen of Wilmington; grandchildren Maddox and Nash, Tega Cay;
nieces and nephews Logan Fodrie, Morgan Fodrie and Miles Fodrie of Houston; his loyal
friends; and his two cats.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 pm Tuesday, June 28 at St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church, Gastonia, with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the music ministry at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,
258 West Franklin Avenue, Gastonia. N.C. 28052

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