In Memory Of
James Richard Broughman - Davidson, NC

James Richard Broughman, 87, of Davidson, North Carolina, passed away on June 16, 2020.

Jim was born on Nov. 22, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Herbert Broughman and Beatrice Hamer Broughman. Jim was the fifth of seven children and was raised on Green Street in Detroit, where at 16 years of age, he met the love of his life, Marguerite Neer. Jim attended Wayne State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted into the US Army and served for years, the last of which was at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He married his love, Marguerite, and together they had three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Jim began his work career with Chrysler Corporation, where he spent several years in support of the missile division. During that time, its products were used to put the first US satellite into orbit. Enchanted with the concept of space exploration, he left Chrysler to join Bendix Corporation’s Aerospace Systems Division in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While there, he worked in support of several key research and development efforts, the best known of which was the Apollo Lunar Scientific Exploration Package (ALSEP), deployed by the astronauts as part of their moon landing missions.

In 1971, Bendix Corporation asked Jim to represent them as part of a government/industry executive exchange program. He and his family moved to the Washington D.C. area where he took an assignment at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Model Cities Administration. While there, he played a key role in the development of legislation and the passage of the Community Development Block Grant Program, which was one of the most enduring and successful of the administration's programs of federal assistance for over 20 years. Jim stayed on at HUD to assist in the oversight of the program’s administration for more than 20 years. He retired from the federal government in 1996, and his role as director of Block Grant Assistance. He then served for several years as a consultant in local community and economic development.

Among the honors bestowed upon him in his work were the following: Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Participant in the President’s Executive Interchange Program, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Distinguished Service Award, and the HUD Secretary’s Award for Exemplary Public Service.

To his family, Jim was the patriarch and spiritual leader. He dearly loved his wife of more than 65 years and always put her and his family first. He was often quiet and reserved but was full of wisdom and counsel for anyone who asked. He showed genuine interest in others and was always willing to help in any way. He loved to read, do the daily crossword puzzle, and stay up to date on current events. He was famous for reciting his favorite songs from the 1940s and tongue twisters that kept us amazed and laughing. He loved tending his flowers and feeding the birds in his backyard. Known as "Poppy" to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he had a wonderful mind and memory. He remembered vivid details and dates of past events and could recite Scripture at will. He taught his family to love, to be kind and selfless, and to love the Lord. Jim knew his Lord and is with him now.

Jim led his family spiritually through the passing of his and Marge’s middle daughter, Linda Susan Broughman Hart, of Raleigh, North Carolina, in November of 1997.

Jim is survived by his bride of 65 years, Marguerite Marie Neer Broughman; daughter Karen Rita Broughman Soper; son James Michael Broughman; grandchildren Rachel Marie Hart Kessler, Ryan Thomas Hart, David Broughman Soper, Kelsey Erin Soper, James Richard Broughman II, Caitlin Janae Soper, and Savannah Lynn Broughman; and great-grandchildren McKenzie Reagan Soper, Jack Ryan Kessler, Madison Grace Soper, Cora James Kessler, Auri Aurora Broughman, Jude Jameson Broughman, and James Richard Broughman, III.

A memorial service will be held at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home in Huntersville, North Carolina, on Friday, June 26, at 11:00 a.m.

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