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Mrs. Sadie Chavis Bragg was born in Peters­burg, Vir­ginia, to Lon­nie Chavis, Sr. and Mag Dora Bat­tle Chavis on March 5, 1944. As a child, Sadie at­tended Metropoli­tan Bap­tist Church and Pe­abody High School, where she was the Vale­dic­to­rian. It was at Pe­abody High School where Sadie met the love of her life, her late hus­band, Alvin Leonard Bragg, Sr.

Af­ter high school, Sadie en­rolled in and grad­u­ated from Vir­ginia State Col­lege (Uni­ver­sity), where she ma­jored in math­e­mat­ics and be­came a mem­ber of Delta Sigma Theta Soror­ity, Inc. Af­ter col­lege, Sadie and Alvin were mar­ried. That same year, 1967, Sadie earned a Cer­tifi­cate in Math­e­mat­ics from Ober­lin Col­lege.

Sadie ded­i­cated her pro­fes­sional life to teach­ing stu­dents math­e­mat­ics and ex­pand­ing ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially for stu­dents of color and women. Early in her ca­reer, she taught math­e­mat­ics to ju­nior high school stu­dents; taught stu­dents at an al­ter­na­tive high school as part of the New York Ur­ban League Street Academy; and co­or­di­nated a col­lege­bound pro­gram for ju­nior high school stu­dents. From 1970 to 1982, Sadie taught col­lege-bound adult stu­dents as a math­e­mat­ics lec­turer at the Man­hat­tan Ed­u­ca­tional Op­por­tu­nity Cen­ter.

In 1982, af­ter earn­ing a Doc­tor­ate in Ed­u­ca­tion in Col­lege Teach­ing of Math­e­mat­ics from Teach­ers Col­lege, Columbia Uni­ver­sity, Sadie joined the Bor­ough of Man­hat­tan Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s (BMCC) math­e­mat­ics de­part­ment as a pro­fes­sor. Over the years at BMCC, Sadie served in sev­eral po­si­tions, in­clud­ing As­so­ciate Dean of Aca­demic Af­fairs for Cur­ricu­lum Provost, and Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Aca­demic Af­fairs. She re­tired in 2014.

Through­out her ca­reer, Sadie was ac­tively in­volved in math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tion on the lo­cal, state, and na­tional lev­els. Sadie co-au­thored over 60 math­e­mat­ics text­books for K-14, served as the Pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Math­e­mat­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion of Two-Year Col­leges (AMATYC), and was a mem­ber of the U.S. Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Math­e­mat­ics In­struc­tion, the Na­tional Academy of Sciences. Among other awards, she re­ceived the AMATYC Math­e­mat­ics Ex­cel­lence Award and the Out­stand­ing Alumna Award from the Teach­ers Col­lege De­part­ment of Math­e­mat­ics, Science and Tech­nol­ogy.

More than any of her pro­fes­sional en­deav­ors, Sadie loved spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends. She loved bar­gain shop­ping, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, and watch­ing movies (es­pe­cially The Sound of Mu­sic and al­most any west­ern movie).

Above all else, Sadie en­joyed spend­ing time with Alvin Sr. and their son, Alvin Jr., and more re­cently with her daugh­ter-in-law, Jamila, and her beloved grand­chil­dren, Maya (12) and Mark (9). Up un­til her re­cent de­cline in health, Sadie loved to at­tend Maya’s and Mark’s school, church, and sport­ing events or host them for sleep­overs. Per­haps her fa­vorite ac­tiv­ity was post-church brunch at her house, which fea­tured waf­fles with lots of syrup and math­e­mat­i­cal en­rich­ment games for Maya and Mark, which the fam­ily af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as “Math Time.”

In ad­di­tion to Alvin Jr., Jamila, Maya, and Mark, Sadie is sur­vived by her brother, Lon­nie Chavis, Jr.; her god­son and nephew, Gre­gory Jef­fer­son, Sr. (Jana); cousins, Mary Wil­liams and Roland Chris­tian, Jr.; moth­erin-law, Ho­ra­tia Hayes; eight sib­lings-in-law, Cordell Bragg-Weaver (Ri­cardo), Jac­que­line Bragg Ruff, Howard Bragg, Wanda Hayes, Yvette Jones-Thomas (Jerome), Dwayne Hayes, Dar­ryl Hayes, Sr. (Kyshia), and Dan­ite Hayes-Easley (Ron­nie); nieces and neph­ews, Lisa Chavis Gre­gory (Al­gie), Mon­ica Chavis Goode, Tif­fany Weaver, Ri­cardo Weaver, Jr., Ron­ald Ruff, Sr., Brandi Bragg, Aisha Ed­wards, Taz­z­ley Hayes, Ed­wina Thomas, Jerome Thomas, Jr., Ti­mothy Thomas, DeAn­gelo Lewis, Dwayne Hayes II, Cait­lyn Hayes, Dar­ryl Hayes, Jr., Ashely Hayes, DeAnta Hayes, Do­minique Hayes, Don­aisha Hayes, and Ron­nie Easley; her great­nephews and nieces, the grand­chil­dren of her beloved late sis­ter, Max­ine, and beloved late brother-in-law, Thomas: Gre­gory, Jr., Noël, and Evan Jef­fer­son; her great­niece Alisa Gre­gory; god­chil­dren, Dara Jem­mott and Alex Hunt­ley; Jamila’s sib­lings, Thema Pon­ton and Adom Martin, and a host of other rel­a­tives and friends.

Ser­vices will be held 11:00 A.M., Satur­day, Novem­ber 10, 2018, at Metropoli­tan Bap­tist Church, 1021 Hal­i­fax Street, Peters­burg, VA, the Rev. La­mont A. Hobbs, Pas­tor. The in­ter­ment to fol­low at Din­wid­die Memo­rial Park.

J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­

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