September 15, 1948 ~ April 11, 2014

Born in: Marshall, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Ronnie Harold Brazil, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals. Ron was born on September 15, 1948, in Marshall, NC to the late Pansy Nix and Luther Brazil. He was a graduate of Marshall High School, class of 1966. He was a gifted athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball all four years. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Laura P. Brazil; son, Jonathan Clark Brazil, of the home; daughter, Meg Brazil Tallent and husband Tracy, of Franklin; and granddaughter, Gabby Tallent. Ron is also survived by his brother, Gene Nix and wife Teresa, of Weaverville; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He retired after 35 years of service with the N.C. Department of Transportation as the County Maintenance Engineer for Madison and Yancey Counties. Ron also worked for over 35 years as an official with the WNC Officials Association, and also served in the capacity of booking agent. He additionally officiated in the SAC-8 Collegiate Division for 24 years. He was honored to be selected as an official for the NC/SC Shrine Bowl Game in 1987 and 2001. He served as a Buncombe County Elections Precinct Judge and was active in the Early Voting effort. Ron also enjoyed playing golf as often as possible. Ron was a member of First Baptist Church of Asheville, where he and Laura taught in the children's department for several years. A memorial service for Ron will be on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville with the Revs. David Blackmon and John Reid officiating. His family will receive friends following the service at the church. For those desiring, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St., Asheville, NC 28801, designated for the Children's Library, or send a memorial in Ron's memory to a charity of your choice. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Mrs. Brazil, I was so sorry to see that Ron Had passed away. He was on my SAC officiating crew for year. He was such a super guy and good friend. Harold Denton – Knoxville

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  2. Mrs. Brazil, I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was the lead head linesman when I came into the South Atlantic 9 years ago and was my mentor. He was a good man and a good official. My God give you peace in this time.

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  3. To the Brazil family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ron. I was a SAC REF for 16 years, and we worked many games together. May your faith, and love of family and friends help you through this most difficult time. Larry Honeycutt Wilmington, NC

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  4. I was shocked and saddened at the loss of Ron. He was a great crew mate in the SAC and taught me much about the game. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Scott Held Jonesborough, TN

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  5. Laura and Jonathan and family – we are so sorry for your loss! With the boys growing up together, I can only imagine the void this will be but take comfort we will see our loved ones again! We love you very much and praying for peace for you. The Fox Family

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  6. Laura and family, I was so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s death. I would have loved to been his ‘big sister’ but life has a way of taking a different path. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.

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  7. Love and prayers to you and Jonathan in the loss of Ron. May God wrap His comforting arms of love around you both.
    Jerry & Margie Arrowood

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  8. Ron was very good to me when I started officiating in the SAC. I rolled into his house many mornings before dawn and loaded up in his van for a trip on down to the road for a game. He was always willing to help out. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

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  9. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brazil family. Ronnie worked as a Head Linesman for my Dad, Don Safrit. My Dad truly appreciated and honored the man he was, both on and off the field. To say the least he was a favorite!

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  10. So sorry to hear about your husband. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    You would remember me as Beverly Magness.

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  11. Laura and Jon, I am so sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. My prayers are with you and the rest of the family…may God help you to grieve well and to find peace in these extremely difficult days.

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  12. Arthur and Vicki Hensley
    We were so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s death. Arthur and Ronnie worked together for years and always had stories to tell on each other. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  13. Scott, Alex, Caroline, and I extend our deepest sympathy for you in your loss. No words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. May comfort and peace come to you!
    Sincerely,
    The Bettilyon’s

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  14. I am saddened to hear of the loss of Ronnie. He was a good man and a good football official. Many of us can say we worked our first SAC games with him. He will be missed by many who were fortunate to know him and work with him. May God bless Ronnie and may God bless his family.

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  15. It breaks my heart to know of the loss of such a great family friend. Laura and Jon, prayers are with you and yours during these trying times. Ron was such a wonderful person and I am thankful for his presence in my life, especially as a friend in Christ. May you be surrounded by the love and comfort of friends and family, and the grace of God throughout.

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