February 23, 1947 – February 9, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina – Martin Luther Brackett Jr. passed away on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 after a short illness. He was pain free and at peace surrounded by his loved ones.
Martin was from Charlotte, NC, where he was raised by Martin Luther “Luke” Brackett Sr. and Helen Smith Brackett, the middle of three sons (with brothers Doug and Charlie Brackett as bookends). Born in February 1947 itching to fight, he channeled that energy into scouting and athletics, earning his Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow honors and a football scholarship to Davidson College. Martin attended Ostmecklenburgisches Gymnasium, Class 64. He graduated from Davidson in 1969 (although he really considered himself part of the Class of ’68), where he was a member of the soccer team and president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Martin attended law school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, class of ’72. He was full of stories from his school days, and some of them were true. Martin received his honorable discharge from the US Army in 1969 and was subsequently commissioned as an officer in the US Army Reserves from which he was honorably discharged as a Captain. Martin was a respected and proud member of the North Carolina State Bar, with a litigator’s career that touched six decades and touched countless lives. For most of that career he was a partner at Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson which was a professional home but also the home of many of his most important and enduring friendships. Among the many honors and awards he has received professionally, he was most proud of his membership as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also had the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees of UNC-Charlotte (2011-2015), the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Railroad Company (since 2017), a Permanent Member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and a Fellow of the American his Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Outward Bound School (1987-1995); and as a member and chair of the Charlotte Auditorium-Coliseum-Convention Center Authority (1981-1987). Martin has been recognized for his pro bono service throughout his career. He has also been recognized throughout his career by peers, opponents, clients and judges alike as a man to be reckoned with but who is fair, honest and true to his word. Martin’s appreciation for his professional accomplishments paled in comparison to his pride as a father of four, grandfather to three grandchildren, and husband to a loving wife. The only joy in life that ever came close to the joy he got from his family was hiking the high mountains of the American West and the rolling hills of western North Carolina, whether with good friends, a loyal dog, or only his thoughts. If you have to picture him now, picture him there, cane in hand, hat on head, backpack on his back, ready to go on an adventure.
Martin is survived by his wife, Lisa Kay Brackett; his children Amelia Brackett, Lauren Brackett and her fiancé George Docherty of Charlotte, NC, Hunter Brackett and his wife Kristye and their son McKay (11) of Raleigh, NC and Alex Brackett and his wife Callie and their sons, Jones (18) and Ben (16) from Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by his older brother Doug Brackett and his wife Sara Gwynn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Martin will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. The family will receive friends after the service at Oxford Hall. The service will be streamed live at: https://myersparkpres.org/live/special/ for those unable to attend in person.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Martin may be donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, 717 S. Marshall Street, Suite 105B, Winston Salem, NC 27101 (https://www.brpfoundation.org/donate) or the North Carolina Outward Bound School, 2852 Riceville Road, Asheville, NC 28805 (https://www.ncobs.org/donate/).
The arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.
Published by Charlotte Observer on February 13, 2022.