Poindexter Braboy, Jr., of Providence, R.I., passed away at the Home & Hospice Care of R.I. on Friday, May 17, 2019 after a brief illness. Poindexter was the husband of the late Muriel Rosalie (Spencer) Braboy.
Poindexter was born in Vicksburg, MS on September 29, 1927. Poindexter was the oldest of four children born to Poindexter Braboy, Sr. and Octavia Stanton. Poindexter is survived by his brother, Fred Braboy of Greenville, MS, and sister, Peggy Joyce Dickens of Garland, TX. Poindexter’s brother, Obanna Braboy, predeceased his brother. Poindexter also is survived by Minetta Williams Daley City, CA, Catherine Turner of Vicksburg, MS, and Monta Whitehurst of Hayward, CA. Ferdinand Braboy predeceased Poindexter in death.
Poindexter leaves five children, William E. (Sharon) Braboy of Florence, KY, Joyce M. Braboy of Providence, R.I., Joseph M. (Linda) Braboy of Washington, DC, John F. (Katie) Braboy of Providence, R.I. and James R. Braboy of Providence, R.I. Poindexter also leaves eight grandchildren, Thomas, Mathias, Nakita, Nile, Najee, Daria, David and Marcus. Also leaves behind twelve great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. The family would also like to acknowledge Ms. Konya McKenzie who was Poindexter’s caretaker the for the last two years.
Poindexter enlisted in the United States Navy at the height of World War Two in 1944. Poindexter served as a Steward, attained the rank Petty Officer 1st Class and was Honorably Discharged in 1966. After retiring from the Navy, Poindexter was employed as a welder at Quonset Point Naval Air Station. Poindexter later worked as a welder and Fork-Truck Driver for Texas Instruments until his retirement in 1990.
Poindexter served as a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Irreproachable Beneficial Association (IBA) and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. Poindexter was also a member of the Lts. Armstrong & Gladding American Legion Post #69.
Poindexter loved music, especially jazz. Charlie “The Bird” Parker and Lester “The Prez” Young were two of his favorite jazz musicians. Poindexter loved the water and made sure his oldest three children knew how to swim. Poindexter also made certain his children knew the basics of food handling, preparation and safety. But the one activity that Poindexter enjoyed most was his daily walks throughout the city.
Interment with full military honors will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Gospel Choir, 99 Camp Street, Providence, R.I. 02906.