Hyman Jerome "H.J." Brand, 86, widower of Janet Ann Franklin Brand, of Greenville, died Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 4, 1931, he was a son of the late Louis Abraham and Dina Jacobs Brand. Mr. and Mrs. Brand both emigrated from Russia.
Hy excelled in wrestling and football at North High School in Minneapolis and enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating. On a break home from training at Camp Lejeune, he met Janet Ann Franklin at a dancehall. She came with another date but left with Hy, and they were married for 64 years until her death in 2016.
Though he was never deployed for Korea, Hy kept himself busy at his last training station in Quantico, VA, where he and Janet started a family. Following the end of the war and some additional schooling for Hy, they relocated to New York City and, later, upstate New York with their daughters, Diane and Cathy. Hy found work as a salesman in the textile industry, and relocated to Greenville, SC, for a new role with his company, Riegel Textile.
Looking for a new opportunity to establish himself in South Carolina, he decided to start his own business and purchased the historic Conestee Mill. During his nearly four decades in Conestee, he became an integral part of its community, and found joy in supporting the residents of Conestee in the ways he could. He treated his employees like family, and remained active in the life of the mill even after its sale last year.
Hy was a devoted member and past president of Congregation Beth Israel of Greenville, as well as an active supporter of the Chabad Jewish Center of Greenville and the Upstate. He leaves behind countless treasured friends from both congregations and leadership staffs.
He is survived by his eldest daughter, Diane Hundley, of Salisbury, NC, and her daughters, Elizabeth Hundley Finley (David) of Durham, NC, and Maggie Hundley Charles (Tyler) of Tampa, FL. He is also survived by Cathy's daughter, Mary Franklin Harvin, of San Francisco, CA; two great-grandchildren, Harriet and Elise Finley; one sister, Tillie Pink, of Minneapolis, MN; one brother, Jerry Brand (Caren), of Culver City, CA; and a nephew, Jerry Dixon, also of Minneapolis. Dear friends Jerry Pressley and Ronnie Perrone were invaluable to him, especially in his last year.
In addition to his parents and loving wife, Hy was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Cathy Brand Harvin, whom he lost to cancer in 2010, and several siblings.
Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., with a burial in Beth Israel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Congregation Beth Israel, 425 Summit Dr., Greenville, SC 29609, or the Chabad Jewish Center, 17 Whitethorn Ln., Greenville, SC 29607.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown
Beth Israel Cemetery
4814 White Horse Rd.
Greenville, SC, 29611
NOV 5. 01:00 PM
Congregation Beth Israel
425 Summit Drive
Greenville, SC, US, 29609