July 9, 1922 ~ April 17, 2022
Born in: Petersburg, WV
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Dr. Elmer Keith Brake, born July 9, 1922 in Petersburg, WV to Elmer Clee Brake and Dora Hiser Brake, passed away on April 17, 2022 after brief illness. After growing up in Petersburg, he attended Bridgewater College, in Bridgewater, VA for two years. He then attended Berea College, Berea, KY, where he met Ruth Holder. After graduation the two married and moved to St. Louis, MO where Keith attended Washington University Dental School. After he graduated from Washington University, the couple moved to Black Mountain, NC where he practiced dentistry for forty six years. Keith served in the U.S. Navy stationed at Camp Lejeune. Throughout his life he loved and was involved in many sports. Keith played basketball while in high school, at Bridgewater College, and for Washington University. When he moved to NC he played for the Asheville Bombers. He was also an avid golfer and bowler most of his adult life. Keith was faithful member Groce United Methodist Church where he regularly attended Sunday School and Worship Services. He was loved by all who knew him for his gentle nature and sense of humor.
“Doc” was preceded in death by wife, Ruth. He is survived by his four children, Jerry R. Brake (wife Diane) of Asheville, NC, Toni L. Brake (husband Bob Lindt) of Asheville, NC, Nicki Brake Wall (husband Richard) of Shelbyville, TN, and Jeffrey K. Brake (wife Elizabeth) of Jackson, GA; and grandchildren, Robbie Brake (wife Kina), Tracy W. Wilkinson, Rebecca Brake Colangelo (husband David), Jackie Brake, Dewayne Brake (wife Kelli), and Jennifer Brake, and six great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
A private funeral service for the family will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel with Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the Veterans Cemetery.
He was a Charter Member of Groce United Methodist Church and Founding Member of the Botanical Gardens at UNCA. In lieu of flowers, send memorial gifts to Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.