He grew up in the Thomasville area and graduated from Thomasville High School in 1947. Since 2005, he has resided at Rolling Meadows Retirement Center in Wichita Falls, having moved from Mobile. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1948 until retiring as Chief Master Sargent in 1975. He worked as an Airplane Mechanic Instructor, stationed at Shepard AFB, as well as San Antonio, Alabama, California, Greenland and Japan.
In 1949, he and Rebecca Sheffield were married. From this union, they had four children, Dennis, Deborah, Donna and Jerry. She later preceded him in death.
On Dec. 30, 2008, he married Mary Williams. They were active members of the Anniversary Class of Floral Heights UMC. Branton was a 50 year Mason and Shriner. While living in Mobile, he was involved in the transportation of children to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Branton of Wichita Falls; children, Dennis Branton of Mobile; Debbie Sutton of Wichita Falls and Donna Bloom of Rapid City, S. D.; his sister, Mary Whitfield of Thomasville; brother, Benson Carl Branton of Spokane, Wash.; eight grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren and many nieces and nephews as well as Mary’s children and grandchildren.
He will be greatly missed by all these plus so many friends with whom he delighted in sharing stories of the old days growing up in Alabama and living all over the world. His life was a blessing to us all.
He was preceded in death by his three sisters and his son, Jerry Branton.
Funeral service were Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in the chapel of Owens and Brumley Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Bragg, officiating and Owens and Brumley Funeral Home directing. Interment will follow at a later date in Thomasville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Rd., Wichita Falls, Texas 76310 or to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Office of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fla. 33607.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com.