Giver. Beacon. Rock. Marmie. Affectionate. Wife. Caregiver. Teacher. Kind. Welcoming. Graceful. Friend. Confidant. Non-judgemental. Beautiful. Unforgettable. Funny. Special. Sweet. Smart. Classy. Smiling. Humorous. Witty. Southern. Wise. Thoughtful. Sincere. Loving. Happy.
These words and so many others describe Carol Nix Brugh, 73, of Wilson, who passed away on August 22, 2018.
Carol was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1945. She attended Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, with a degree in Education. A career educator, she founded the Mother’s Morning Out program at FUMC Auburn, then continued her career in Wilson County, where she taught 8th grade Science at Charles L. Coon, then taught the academically gifted at Forest Hills Middle School until her retirement in 2010. Carol has been an active member of First United Methodist Church since 1977, where she has chaired and been part of many church committees. She also served on several boards in the Wilson community, supporting Barton College Wilson Symphony Orchestra, the Arts Council, Junior Woman’s Club, and Imagination Station, among others. A member of Delta Kappa Gamma, she strove to promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
Carol’s life centered around relationships - and she built those relationships at home, at church, at school, and in the community. She never met a stranger and befriended everyone she met, regardless of how different they were from her. Carol had a passion for people and accepted all just as they were with no questions, no judgement. She had a keen sense of working effectively with adolescents and made a huge impact in the lives of so many Wilson children. She had countless friends in many different circles and valued each and every person. Carol loved to entertain at the house and always showed true Southern hospitality, making Granny B’s tried-and-true sour cream pound cake or trying out a new key lime pie recipe. While she had many interests, including traveling, music, reading and cooking, her greatest joy came from being a wife and mother. She was devoted like no other to her husband and children, and loved nothing more than doting on and being with each of her six grandchildren. Carol will be remembered for her contagious smile and genuinely happy demeanor. She was a ray of light to all those she touched, and she touched many.
Carol is survived by her beloved husband of fifty-one years, Thomas Hugh Brugh, Jr.; her son, Nelson and wife, Lisa; her daughter, Allison and husband, Eduardo; her grandchildren, Sarah Hadley, Thomas Carter, Anne Spencer, Caroline Lucia, Harrison Enrique and Thomas Eduardo; and her brother, Guy Nelson Nix, Jr. and wife, Lyn,of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy Nelson Nix, Sr. and Frances Beatty Nix.
Her memorial service will be conducted at 1 pm Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 100 W Green Street, Wilson. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Asbury Hall.
The family would like to thank TIP of Western North Carolina, a non-profit, volunteer trauma intervention program, which provided immediate emotional and practical support to our family in our time of need. We would also like to recognize the ICU Cardiovascular team at Mission Hospital in Asheville for their constant, compassionate care of our loved one.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Carol Brugh Memorial Scholarship would be greatly appreciated. This collegiate scholarship will be presented in Carol’s name on an annual basis by the FUMC scholarship committee to a church member based on financial need, academics, and church/community involvement. Memorials may be sent to the following address with Carol Brugh Memorial Scholarship in the “Memo” line: Carol Brugh Memorial Scholarship, ℅ First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1423, Wilson, NC 27894.