Alvin L. Braswell, Sr. is a Manager and Funeral Director of Pipkin Braswell Funerals, Cremation and Receptions. Alvin is a native of Newport News, Virginia and has been in funeral service for over thirty-eight years. He attended Warwick High School and Christopher Newport University while residing in his native home. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service now located in Decatur, Georgia. While attending Gupton Jones, he served as class Treasurer and is a member of the Psi Sigma Eta Honor Fraternity, whose members are among the top academic percentile of the graduating class. Alvin has always been passionate about funeral service since he was a young man. His mentor, the late W. Thomas Bradby, Sr., President and Owner of Bradby Funeral Service located in Newport News, Virginia, gave him his first opportunity to work in funeral service after graduating from high school at the age of 16. It was that fundamental training that launched his funeral service career. Alvin is committed to his work and is supported by his wife, Carrie; daughter, Gabrielle; son, Alvin, Jr., and grandson, Alvin, III. He is a faithful and dedicated member of Zion Baptist Church located in Denver, Colorado, where he serves his church as Chairman of the Trustee Ministry. He has held many leadership roles for other church related missions and activities. Some other civic and community activities include being past President and Vice President of the Denver Metro Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Aurora Branch of the NAACP. Alvin is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving during Operation Desert Storm. It was while serving his country and stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado that he met J. Mark Pipkin, Owner of Pipkin Mortuary. Mark offered him the position as General Manager and Vice President; he graciously accepted and held the position for over twenty years.
In 2011, the two opened Pipkin Braswell Funerals, Cremations and Receptions in its current location in the center of Denver. Alvin says:
“I am proud to be a Funeral Director, my primary goal and objective is to serve every family with dignity, respect and help them commemorate the life lived in a manner that offers compassion, understanding and allows a family to grieve.”