Florence Elizabeth Bragg

December 24, 1933 - July 20, 2022
Florence Elizabeth Bragg

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Florence Elizabeth Bragg, 88, Williamsburg, Virginia, departed July 20, 2022. A teacher, mother, grandmother and beloved wife who continued to teach until the very end of life how to live with grace, kindness and optimism for the future. Beth was born December 24, 1933 to William Courtney and Florence Elizabeth (Nee) McMullen Courtney in Grafton, West Virginia, but was raised by her paternal grandparents William and Iola Mae Courtney after losing her mother at age six. She married her husband of 66 years, Charles Davisson Bragg, also of Grafton, West Virginia in 1955, and their journey together brought them three children, five grandchildren, and many trips around the world.  Beth was an excellent student and musician. She was a majorette with her high school marching band and performed piano on stage in a Jazz/Swing band with her cousin Bill Courtney. Before her children were raised, she continued her education as an adult-learner earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education from Christopher Newport College in 1975 and a Master of Arts in Education from the College of William and Mary in 1983.  For many years Beth taught third grade students for Williamsburg-James City County Schools at Rawls Byrd Elementary eventually becoming a reading specialist. Beth had a remarkable life filled with achievement, joy, and a great appreciation of our world. Her family was most important to her.  She is survived by her loving husband Charles, her children and their spouses, Robert and Julia Bragg of Abingdon, Virginia, Linda and Gordon Morse of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Kathy Jo and Scott Steele of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, her grandchildren, Samuel Morse, Matthew Morse, Charlie Bragg, Nicholas Steele, and Caroline Steele, and her cousins William and Nell Courtney of Parrish, Florida and Sandra Courtney Poffenbarger of Sparksburg, North Carolina. The family thanks Commonwealth Senior Living Memory Care for taking great care of her. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date and in lieu of flowers, the family asks friends and family to support their favorite charity in Beth’s honor. 

The family will be reading online condolences at www.bucktroutfuneralhome.net



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  • August 07, 2022
    Rosalind Dodd says:
    My sincere condolences to you and your family. Mrs. Bragg was a wonderful person and she loved my grandchildren. You take care of yourself. This is Eula's and Edward's Radcliffe daughter.

  • August 07, 2022
    Judy Knudsin says:
    Chuck, I was so sorry to read of Beth’s passing. Shias a lovely lady. You and your family are in my thoughts. Judy Knudson

  • August 05, 2022
    Shelby. Hawthorne says:
    My heartfelt sympathies to Chuck and the entire Bragg family. Beth was a very special person and a wonderful teacher.

  • August 05, 2022
    ShelbyHawthorne says:
    So sorry to read about Beth’s passing. She was delightful to chat with. She was a much loved teacher. My sincere sympathies to Chuck and the entire Bragg family.

  • July 27, 2022
    Shawneeka Pressey Selby says:
    To the Bragg family, Mrs. Bragg was my second grade teacher in 1986 at Rawls Byrd. I remember her fondly. At that stage of life your teacher is the highlight of your life. She was definitely that way to me. I especially remember making projects out of marshmallows and raisins. Thank you Mrs. Bragg for being a part of my firm educational foundation. I wish I had tracked her down to meet my children. But as the promise goes all will be revealed in heaven so I’m sure she’s reaping the harvest of every beautiful seed she sowed into the hearts of all of her students. Please accept my condolences and prayers of comfort.