Nell Lorraine Foster Brawley, Lorraine Foster Brawley, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and treasured friend died Thursday, October 7, 1999 surrounded by her family and friends after a long struggle with heart disease. She was born in the Liberty Grove community of northeast Dallas County on September 10, 1915. She was the daughter of James Albert (Al) and Eula Ross Foster. Both parents being descendants of early pioneer settlers in that area.
She was preceded in death by both parents; her sons, football legend and hall-of-famer Carl C. Brawley and Richard H. Brawley; her late husband Mack Arte Brawley; brothers, Infant Floyd, Luther C. “Luke”, and Barney H. Foster, as well as son-in-law Charles Osborne.
Survived by her daughter, Linda Nell Osborne, step-son Chock Bailey and his wife Kitty, loving friend and companion, Nolen “Red” Bailey, special grandchildren whom she has raised as her own, Alisshia Brawley, Ritchie Wayne Brawley and his wife, Teresa, Shannon Elizabeth Brawley Martinez and her husband Patrick, grandchildren Carl C. “Butch” Harper, Ricki Nell Smyth and her husband Charles, Vickie Lorraine Wakefield and her husband Thomas, Cody Alexander and his wife Heather, Ronnie Brawley and his wife Jeannette, Richard Brawley and his wife Suzanne, Andy Brawley, Tony Mack Brawley and William Arte Brawley; great-grandchildren Phillip Smyth, Joshua C. Hall, TaShena LaNell Harper, Jonathan Harper, Alex Wakefield, Jordan Alexander, Richard, Dillon, Aaron and Wesley Brawley, Justin and Tiffany Martinez and Douglas Brawley. Brothers and sisters-in-law: Carl & Gladys Poor Foster, G. W. (Dub) & Tommie Boren Foster; sisters, Mary Murry, Joyce Lankford, Betty Burch and a host of special nieces and nephews.
Additional Notes, Nell married Mack Arty Brawley March 21, 1931. Mack was the son of Paul and Edna Pelton Brawley. Nell was only sixteen when she and Mack snook away and got married in Durant, Oklahoma. She was infatuated, starry-eyed and barefooted. Mack stopped in McKinney, Texas and bought Nell a dress and some shoes. The J. P. that married them thought Nell was eighteen.
This was during the depression and times were tough. No one had money, but Mack had won a few dollars ridding bulls at the rodeo. Nell and Mack farmed for the first two years. She says they almost starved to death. Then Mack worked for G. L. Coon Cotton and Onion Company in Garland, Texas.