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Last namesake Braselton mayor dies

Special photo . Longtime Braselton mayor Henry Braselton died Monday at 82.

Special photo . Longtime Braselton mayor Henry Braselton died Monday at 82.

BRASELTON -- Braselton residents are mourning a man who devoted his life to the town his family founded.

Henry Edward Braselton, who was mayor for 14 years, completing four decades of service to the city in 2001, died Monday. He was 82.

"We mourn the passing of Mayor Henry Braselton, the consummate mayor who embodied the good life of small-town America," said outgoing Mayor Pat Graham, who replaced Braselton, becoming the first town mayor who was not a member of the founding Braselton family. "He served with high distinction as mayor of Braselton for 14 years, carrying forth the honored tradition of his ancestors. His efforts to recruit business and industry for jobs for the citizens of Braselton are unparalleled. His love for the historic traditions of the Town will be long remembered."

An e-mail from the mayor's office said Braselton personally directed the upgrade of the town's public works including water tanks, water and wastewater plants and started the town's first full-time police force.

He is credited with recruiting top-notch businesses and industries to the small town, including Chateau Elan, Sears Logistics, Haverty's, Panoz Automotive, Mayfield Dairy, Braselton Poultry and more.

Also under Braselton's leadership, the town purchased and renovated a Greek-revival home for its Town Hall and won national awards for historic preservation in the venture, the e-mail said.

Braselton, who also served on the Northeast Georgia Regional Development Commission board, the Northeast Georgia Soil and Water Conservation district board and was a charter member and past president of the West Jackson Lions Club, was married to the former Janice Martin of Gainesville for 48 years. They have three daughters, three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

"We express our profound sympathy to his family as he was a legendary Southerner with a wonderful sense of history and place and pride," Graham said. "Forever, we will remember his oft-spoken gentlemanly invitation, 'come to see us.'"