OBITUARY

William Carl Branch

June 21, 1937April 23, 2014

Weaver - Funeral services for Mr. William Carl Branch, 76 of Weaver will be Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Dr. Rick Reaves and David Tankersley officiating with burial following at Anniston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the Funeral Home. Mr. Branch passed away April 23, 2014 in Russellville, Al. Mr. Branch is survived by wife, Willie M. Branch; daughter, Tina M. (Gregory) Sandell; son, Donnie K. (Angie) Branch; brothers, Dan (Marie) Branch and Bobby Branch; grandchildren, Derek K. Branch, Allison P. Branch, and Jackie A. Sandell; mother-in-law, Vena Hill; sisters-in-law, Clara Berry, and Bobbie (Curtis) Hicks; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Branch is preceded in death by his father, William Carl Branch; mother, Opal Branch; sister, Elizabeth Snellgrove; and father-in-law, Alvin Hill. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Mr. Branch was a native of Georgia and lived in Weaver for the past 38 years, and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was retired from Anniston Army Depot and the U.S. Army; he was a Vietnam Veteran and served in Thailand. While serving in the Army he received the National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, two Over Seas Service Bars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Expert Qualification Badge (Rifle M-14 and M-16).

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 25, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 25, 2014
REMEMBERING

William Carl Branch

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Bonnie Jenkins

May 2, 2014

Willie I am deeply sadden about Bill you know he was my friend and i love you both, my prayers go out to you and your family

Bobbie & Curtis

April 29, 2014

Our hearts are so sorrowful for the loss of a wonderful brother-in-law. We loved him so much and had so many good times together as a family, there is no was to express how much we will miss that. All of the get-to-gathers at mothers house, the camping trips (specially Seattle) and so many more. It will never be the same! We love you Willie, Donnie, Tina and families....we have to stay close

April 28, 2014

I am so sorry. I don't have the words other than prayers coming your way. Please give Tina my condolences. Bless your hearts.
Laura Purkey Bussey and Becky Purkey

Annie Horne

April 27, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Alice Skala

April 25, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was my supervisor for many years and he was such a joy to work for. My main function was looking for his glasses. He always put his employees first and he was always the first one open with his wallet if someone was in trouble I was so upset when they moved him across the depot and then he retired. It was never the same. He loved his family and always talked about them. My world was a better place for having known him and worked for him. Everyone should work for someone who could make you laugh before 6 AM. My prayers and best wishes are with you and the family.

April 25, 2014

Willie, Tina and Donnie, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very good and respectable man.He would always put a smile on and have a good coversation with me when I would see him. I will remember your family in my prayers. Lamar Campbell

George Iliff

April 25, 2014

Growing up in a military family you travel all over the world but the only family you really have is each other. You lose track of Aunts, Uncles, cousins and grandparents due to being in other parts of the country. Your "Family" becomes those friends that you make in your journey and you grow to love them as family. Our family was blessed in 1970 to become friends with the Branch family. Bill, Willie, Donnie and Tina were as much a part of my life as my parents and sisters. Over the years Bill and Willie became more than friends, they became my second parents. They were always there for me with love, support and yes, even a butt chewing if needed. My parents, Bill and Willie were more than best friends, they were brothers and sisters .When my mother died, they looked after us, especially my Dad. They were always there with their love as a family would for one another. When my Dad died, Bill and Willie were waiting for me outside when I arrived at midnight... they were always there. Holidays were always spent together as Family. They were there for the births of my children, when I got married and when I buried my parents. They were always there. Yesterday I received a phone call from Cindy telling me that Bill had passed away earlier that morning. Shocked, stunned, and heart broke barely describe my feelings at that moment and all I could think about was I had to go to Weaver and see Willie, Donnie and Tina. After several long hugs and shedding of tears, we all reminisced our 44 years as a "family" and the love we share with each other. Bill Branch is a huge part of my life, he was always more than a family friend, he was my second Dad. I will rejoice his life in the coming days, but today the tears keep flowing. Please keep Willie, Donnie, Tina, Angie, Greg and the grandchildren in your prayers today and the coming weeks. I LOVE YOU BILL BRANCH and will miss you deeply. Give Mom and Dad a hug for me, I know they were waiting for you.

Carrie Robison

April 25, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Branch was my supervisor for many years in the Inventory Section at AAD. I always had the upmost respect for him. He would stand up for his employess and help us in any way he could. He was a wonderful supervisor, and talked often about his love for his family and baseball! The world has lost a caring man. May you find comfort in knowing that he was such a respected man. My condolences and prayers are with your family.