Hugh Richard Brashear Jr., 91, died Nov. 14, 2020.
Hugh was born in Tulsa, Okla., and served in the Korean War. In May 1962, Hugh graduated with honors in the top 5% of his class in electrical engineering and physics from Oklahoma State University. He was recognized and awarded Eta Kappa Nu Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Wentz Service Scholarship.
Hugh began working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1962 and served 32 years with acumen and alacrity and retired with several U.S. patents to his name. Hugh worked on many projects, including the Apollo Space Program and the Superconducting Super Collider. Hugh was section head of research instruments when he retired.
Upon retirement, Hugh immediately devoted his life to his community. He was a founder of Loudon County Habitat for Humanity and spearheaded the building of five Zero Energy houses in partnership with ORNL and TVA. In 2002, one homeowner of these houses signed the first Green Power Switch residential contract, bringing national and international attention to Loudon County. His vision made Loudon County a leader among Habitat affiliates in building houses to Energy Star/Earth Craft specifications.
Hugh and his wife, Jody, worked tirelessly with Habitat and received many recognitions of their service over the years, including a state of Tennessee Senate proclamation and House of Representatives joint resolution No. 1216. The Loudon County mayor proclaimed April 2, 2018, as Hugh and Jody Brashear Day. Other awards included the 1999 Rotary Club of Lenoir City and Tellico Lake’s Solomon Award for Vocational Service, the 2014 Tellico Village Honor Award for Community Service and the 2017 Loudon County Leadership Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Hugh is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jody Brashear; sons, Dane Richard Brashear and Charles Hugh Brashear; grandsons, Kyle and Blake; and half-siblings, Renee Smith and John Neufeld.
The family would like to thank Quality Private Duty Care for their care during Hugh’s final days.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Community Church at Tellico Village. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required. If you plan to attend the service, please make a reservation at tellicochurch.com/event. The service will be livestreamed at tellicochurch.com/watch. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Loudon County Habitat for Humanity, 238 Highway 70 W., Lenoir City, TN 37771.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family of Hugh Brashear. www.clickfuneralhome.com