November 28, 1915May 14, 2020

Arie E Brannan was born in Walker County, Alabama on November 28, 1915 to Jabe Daniel Evans and Vanda Marilla Lurania Mullinax Evans. She was the eighth child of eleven brothers and sisters. She attended a small one room school as a child and moved to Jasper to live with an older sister and her husband to attend and graduate from Walker County High School. She attended a secretarial school and then went on to study at Freed Hardeman where she met her future husband. They were married February 20, 1940.

Arie had four children. Her eldest child was Charles Larry Brannan, Cheryl Ann Brannan, Debra Ann Brannan Davis and William Clyde Brannan. Arie was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Brannan in 2003, her son, Larry Brannan in 1965 and her stillborn daughter, Cheryl Brannan in 1946, stillborn grandson in 1964 as well as her parents and all but one sibling. Arie was an incredible mother and grandmother to three generations and is survived by her youngest brother, JD Evans, her deceased son’s widow Susan Holt Brannan, their children, Rick Brannan, Cheryl Melton and Laurie Aiken. Larry’s grandchildren Brooks Brannan and Ian Brannan, Justin Melton, Savannah Melton and Grace Aiken and great grandchildren Hayden Brannan, Kylie Brannan and Elizabeth Mercer. Her daughter Debra Davis and husband, Jack W. Davis along with their two son’s, Dallas Davis and Lawrence Ashley Davis and granddaughter, Eizela Davis. Her son Bill and his wife, Rebecca Brannan and their three children, Spenser Brannan, Jabe Brannan and Kyra Brannan. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces that were all very special to her. She loved her family with all of her heart.

First and foremost, she was a faithful Christian and strove to be obedient to God and set a godly example for everyone to see. She loved talking about God to anyone that had a heart for God. She retired as head secretary in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida in 1987 at the age of 72.

Small graveside service scheduled for May 20,2020 at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens. Service will be streamed live on Facebook at 1030 am. You can visit to view the service.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020



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Blye Grove

May 19, 2020

Have many good memories of our family.
Aunt Arie was a wonderful Christian lady. I remember many family gatherings where we always seemed to enjoy being together. It was harder when we all moved so far away from one another.
Several of my cousins have changed in looks since I saw you and when I see resent pictures. I'd never recognize any of you if someone hadn't wrote your name on the picture.
That is something you all need to do. If you have pictures please write and tell who they are. As a genealogist this is frustrating when they say this is your ancestor but don't know your name.
Seemed like Aunt Arie was always smiling and happy.
Wish I could be there to see you and be happy because Aunt Arie was a Christian!
Love and miss you all.

Neil Evans

May 17, 2020

I remember how Aunt Arie told me of the “remedies “ they used to treat various problems. Turpentine was useful for arthritis, muscle aches- drops were administered by placing on a sugar cube and swallowed. Of course an old standby was the dreaded castor oil! Their life with the other siblings was meager but fulfilling. We loved Aunt Arie and Uncle Clyde was so helpful as he came and oversaw the building of our home, staying with Aunt Dona Karrah. May Arie rest from her labors with other faithful Christians.


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