GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, March 4, 2002, at his residence, Mr. William Andrew Branson, 82, of Old Louisville Road, Grovetown, husband of Mrs. Patricia L. Branson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday March 7, 2002, at Mount Tabor Baptist Church with the Reverend Michael Sutphin officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery with full military honors and Masonic Rites. Mr. Branson, a native of Trentville, Tennessee, was a retired Army Major. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a Ranger in World War II. He was a recipient of numerous Military Medals and awards including the Bronze Star. He was an Electrical Engineer with South Carolina Electrical and Gas. Mr. Branson was a member of the Harlem Masonic Lodge #276, Scottish Rite, and Shriners Temple Alee. He was Past Master of the Harlem Lodge, and Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star Frances Bell Chapter #75. He was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of American Legion #205, Beech Island Agriculture Club, and Mount Tabor Baptist Church. Additional survivors include four sons, John Branson, Clarkesville, William Del Branson,Clarkesville, William Al Branson, North Augusta, S.C., William A. Branson, Beech Island, S.C. and Leslie W. Branson, North Augusta, S.C.; two stepsons, Charles Cooke, Grovetown and Ronnie Cooke, Evans; one daughter, Julia Darnell, Augusta; three stepdaughters, Pamela L. Barger, Martinez, Vickie Coleman, Harlem and Patricia Dungan, Orlando, Fla.; and 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will members of the military. Honorary pallbearers will behis sons. Memorials may be made to Mount Tabor Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1346, Harlem, GA 30814, or to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30904. The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starling Funeral Home, Hwy 78, Harlem, Georgia.
The Augusta Chronicle March 6, 2002