Auburn Athletics announces memorial service for Rod and Paula Bramblett

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AUBURN, Ala. – The voice of the Auburn Tigers, Rod Bramblett, and his wife Paula died in a two-vehicle collision in Auburn on Saturday, according to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris. A tweet from the Auburn Tigers Twitter account said the Auburn Family is “devastated by the tragic passing of Rod and Paula Bramblett.”
According to the release, Paula died at 7:50 p.m. in the emergency room of East Alabama Medical Center from multiple injuries. Rod died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham from a severe head injury. The name of the 16-year-old driver of the other vehicle is not being released at this time. This wreck remains under investigation by Auburn Police and the Lee County Coroner’s Office. The crash occurred on Shug Jordan Parkway at the intersection of W. Samford Ave. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.
A service celebrating the lives of Rod and Paula Bramblett was held Thursday at Auburn Arena. Visitation took place prior to the memorial service officiated by Dr. George Mathison. A private burial service for the family followed.
Friends of the family have created a Go-Fund-Me account to help the Bramblett children, Shelby and Joshua. Shelby is a sophomore at Auburn University.   Joshua will be a 10th grader at  Auburn High School this fall. Click here to donate to the fund. A tweet posted by the official Auburn Tigers Twitter account asked the Auburn Family to keep the Bramblett family in your thoughts and prayers. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey tweeted he is joining the Auburn family to pray for the Bramblett family. A few of Auburn’s head coaches released statements regarding their death. “I’m heartbroken by the loss of Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula. Rod was a true professional and was always a pleasure to work with. He loved Auburn and it showed in his work. As much as he loved Auburn, his family came first and foremost. This is a difficult time and we will continue to pray and offer our support to the Bramblett family, especially their children Shelby and Joshua,” said Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn. “It won’t be the same without Rod. Ninety minutes before the game and 20 minutes after it, we spent time talking Auburn basketball. He loved Auburn, the student-athletes and the coaches and it showed every time he called a game. As good as he was at what he did, he was a better man. He was kind, considerate and selfless among so many other great qualities. Selfishly, I’ll miss my friend and his wife Paula. I just pray for their family,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl. “I was proud to call Rod and Paula friends. What I think of most…Rod was often proud to say he was from Valley, Ala. He often spoke with pride about his loving wife and amazing children. He and Andy (Burcham) took pride in knowing the best places to eat around the SEC and always had an ‘open invitation’ for the coach. I cannot imagine a man more proud to be the Voice of the Auburn Tigers. Finally, what I BELIEVE the most….Let peace reside with us today knowing that his next broadcast will be in heaven. Eternal rest Rod and Paula Bramblett and thank you for 27 years of telling the story of Auburn Baseball,” said Head Baseball Coach Butch Thompson. Governor Kay Ivey tweeted Sunday morning, saying, “I offer my deepest prayers and sympathies for the Bramblett family in this difficult time.”

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