Charles Brett Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC

Brett, dr. Charles Burden

Charles Burden Brett, MD, died at home on November 19, 2021, at the age of 77. The son of the late Hampton Fleming Brett and Bertha Spivey Brett, Charles grew up in Windsor, NC, and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from the UNC School of Medicine in 1971. He served in the United States Navy for eight years, completed his residency and served as a pediatrician at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

In 1978, Charles joined the Sam Ravenel Clinic in Greensboro, now Carolina Pediatrics of the Triad, where he worked until his retirement in 2019. generations of children and families in the community. In addition to his practice, he served on the staff at Greensboro Children’s Hospitals, caring for hospitalized infants, children and teens. He was chief of pediatrics at Wesley Long Hospital and served on numerous pediatric committees throughout his career.

dr. Brett was recently recognized by the UNC School of Medicine for his 50th year in the field. During those fifty years, he has mentored countless medical students, pediatric interns and residents. He was loved by his patients for his instant smile, infectious laugh and quick wit. He will be remembered as a superior pediatrician with excellent diagnostic and clinical skills and as a physician who always put the concerns of his patients and parents first.

In addition to his fulfilling medical career, Charles was a self-taught master gardener with boundless energy for sharing his passion for gardening and landscaping. His spirit will live on in the gardens of many as he encouraged the new gardener with gifts from his own shade garden, designed backyard gardens for friends and created and implemented the landscape design for Carolina Pediatrics of the Triad.

dr. Brett leaves behind his daughter, Maggie Brett Kennedy (Hunter) of Charleston, South Carolina, his son Taylor Brett (Karen) of Greensboro and two beloved grandchildren, Hampton Kennedy and Noah Brett. The family thanks Albert Horne for his incredible friendship and care over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Children’s Home Society of North Carolina at A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Fond memories and condolences can be shared at

Published by Greensboro News & Record on November 28, 2021.

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