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Edith Thomas Brotherton "Edy"

December 8, 1940 - March 28, 2014
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Edith (Edy) Ann Thomas Brotherton, 73 died Friday, March 28, 2014 in Charlotte following a long battle with metastatic colon cancer. Edith Ann Thomas was born December 8, 1940 in Oakboro, North Carolina. She was the eighth of ten children born to the late Nina S. and Clyde Eugene Thomas. She grew up in Oakboro and Kannapolis, North Carolina. In 1956 she married Charles A. Warren, a member of the United States Army from Mooresville. Because of her husband's military postings she and her two young sons lived in Fort Benning, Georgia and Bad Tolz, Germany. When Mr. Warren left the army the couple returned to North Carolina where the...
Edith (Edy) Ann Thomas Brotherton, 73 died Friday, March 28, 2014 in Charlotte following a long battle with metastatic colon cancer.
Edith Ann Thomas was born December 8, 1940 in Oakboro, North Carolina. She was the eighth of ten children born to the late Nina S. and Clyde Eugene Thomas. She grew up in Oakboro and Kannapolis, North Carolina. In 1956 she married Charles A. Warren, a member of the United States Army from Mooresville. Because of her husband's military postings she and her two young sons lived in Fort Benning, Georgia and Bad Tolz, Germany. When Mr. Warren left the army the couple returned to North Carolina where the couple's third child, a girl, was born.
The Warrens later divorced and Edy met and married the love of her life, Norris Grey Brotherton, a jewelry craftsman.
After being a full time homemaker and mother while her children were young, Ms. Brotherton entered the job market as an operating room surgical technician and later as a customer service representative for a scientific products company. Her real passion, however, was her role as a real estate broker. After receiving her broker's license Ms. Brotherton worked for several leading real estate agencies. Eventually she started and ran two of her own companies – Eastland Realty and Wall Street Realty. She was also active in the Charlotte Association of Realtors. With her husband Norris she also operated a retail jewelry store in Mint Hill for several years.
Beginning in the early 1970's Ms. Brotherton became actively involved in the civic affairs. She was a founder and officer in the Mint Hill Business Association (the predecessor of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce). She was also a principal organizer of the Mint Hill Madness festival.
Ms. Brotherton was a candidate for a North Carolina state legislative seat three times. Although she did not prevail, she won a Republican primary and came within a few votes of unseating one of Mecklenburg County's most powerful state senators.
Ms. Brotherton attended Blair Road United Methodist Church in Mint Hill and was active in her Sunday School class there. She was also an avid fan of Carolina beach music and a frequent participant in "shag" dance festivals in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A skilled bridge player, she enjoyed many outings with members of her bridge club who dubbed themselves the "Steel Magnolias". After she was diagnosed with recurrent cancer the "Magnolias" and other friends organized a schedule to ensure that somebody would accompany her to chemotherapy treatment and doctor appointments.
Ms. Brotherton was preceded in death by her husband, Norris. She is survived by her children, Raymond (Ray) Warren of Arlington, Virginia, Steven Warren of Ridgecrest, North Carolina and Gennell Kessler of Holly Springs, North Carolina. She is also survived by six grandchildren – Kellie and Michael Kessler and Ashley, Thomas, Crystal and William Warren, as well as her great grandchildren Dylan Williams, Danica and Masen Warren and by her sisters Peggy Pope, Ruby Rippy and Mazelle Smith, and brothers Bill and Larry Thomas.
The funeral celebration for Ms. Brotherton will be in the McEwen Funeral Service chapel located at 5716 Monroe Road at 2:00pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The family will receive friends at that location from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Monday, March 31, 2014. The family requests that memorial gifts be directed to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region 1420 East Seventh Street Charlotte, NC 28204.

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"No longer living in Charlotte, I've just found out about Edy's death. We worked together on referral over the years and I appreciated her. One of her last..." Charlotte Epley (Rutherfordton, NC)

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