Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Paul William "Bill" Brank

February 22, 1934January 26, 2020

Charlotte - Bill Brank, 85, of Charlotte, passed away on January 26, 2020 at Harris Hospice. He was born on February 22, 1934 in Whitmire, SC, the son of the late Jerome Brank and Mary O’Shields Brank.

Bill was an avid sports fan and athlete. He played basketball and baseball throughout high school and attended Clemson University where he also played basketball. Bill was “the” Tiger fan until he succumbed to Alzheimer’s. He received an Appointment to West Point Academy and proudly served his country for four years based at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

Bill worked in management at Hoechst Celanese for 27 years and in this position had the opportunity to travel the world and developed many lifelong friendships. After retirement, he spent his free time in his woodworking shop. He built beautiful birdhouses and made tens of thousands of crosses inscribed with John 3:16 that were distributed worldwide through missionary trips. He used his talent to help friends and neighbors and was instrumental in his grandson’s Eagle Scout project building shelves for a men’s homeless shelter. He also loved coaching little league baseball for his grandsons.

Bill was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and demonstrated this through his daily interactions with other people and most importantly as a role model to his children and grandchildren. He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Matthews for 33 years where he facilitated Discipleship training and served as a Deacon for several years.

Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Brenda; sons, Matthew Brank and Scott Brank of SC; daughter, Tracy Dunnagan and husband Todd of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Tyra Kirby and husband Jay of Hendersonville, NC; eight grandchildren: Zach Dunnagan, Justice Dunnagan, Will Dunnagan, Katie Dunnagan, Emma Dunnagan, Carson Kirby, Madison Kirby, and Trey Kirby; and great-granddaughter, Hadley Dunnagan. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Travis Greer; and siblings, Carlton Brank and Gloria Tessinair.

The funeral service to honor the life of Paul Brank will be held 2 pm Thursday, January 30, at First Baptist Church of Matthews, 185 S. Trade St., Matthews. The family will receive friends from 1:00-1:45 pm prior to the service. A private interment will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harris Hospice-Presbyterian Medical Center, 200 Hawthorne Ln., Charlotte, NC 28204 or Blanket America Ministries Inc., PO Box 472008 Charlotte, NC 28247-2008 (Email:Lou@stablescpa.com).


  • Receiving of Friends Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Service to Honor the Life of Paul Brank Thursday, January 30, 2020


Paul William "Bill" Brank

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Tom Schmitt

February 1, 2020

Dear Brenda- I am very sad to learn of Bill's passing. He was a great mentor and boss.

Tom Schmitt

Dottie Dixon

February 1, 2020

Dear Brenda,

My deepest sorrow with your loss of Bill. I know you had many happy years together and you will miss him very much.

I have thought of you so much, even though we have not been in touch for a long time.

I will be praying for you and your family in the days to come.

Your friend and old neighbor,
Dottie Dixon
Shelby, N. C.

Sue Denbow

January 28, 2020

My family extends its sincere condolences to the Brank family. During a time a few years ago our family were recipients of the wonderful wooden crosses that Mr. Brank fashioned by hand. These crosses have meant so very much to us. The outpouring of love this gave from Mr. Brank and his wife and family was unparalleled. During this time of deep sadness for the loss of a father, husband and grandfather, may his family take solace in the fact that the Lord in Heaven has welcomed this wonderful servant 'Home', where they will meet him again. He will be sorely missed for his many good works.
Sue and Mike Denbow and family