George Truett Branch

November 11, 1934February 18, 2013
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George Truett Branch was born in Levelland, Texas on November 11, 1934. He passed away in Conroe, Texas on February 18, 2013 at the age of 78. George is preceded in death by mother and father Ruby Delaney and John S. Branch, and brothers William H. Branch, James D. Branch, John F. Branch & niece Deborah Branch. He is survived by daughter Mechelle Branch-Kovacs & son-in-law Brian Kovacs, grandsons Austin West & Zachary Kovacs, & granddaughters Ashtyn West & Kathleen Kovacs, niece & nephews Patty Branch, Johnny Branch, Laura Branch-Bryant, Donna Branch, James Branch, Beverly Branch-Evans & numerous cousins. Growing up, George had a memorable childhood in Levelland, Texas where he acquired his love of football . He was a Co-Captain & running back for the Lobo Varsity Football team from 1931-1934. George attended Texas A&M University working on his Bachelor degree for 3 years. George was drafted & served in the U.S. Army Big Red 1 Infantry Division & represented the United States on the Le’Clerc Rifle Team setting international riflery records. Following his military service, he returned to Huntsville, Texas to finish his Bachelor degree & Master of Education degree at Sam Houston State University. After receiving his degrees from SHSU, he went to work for Conroe ISD in 1963. He worked for CISD for 35 years, retiring in 1998. During his years at CISD, he was an Assistant Principal of Sam Houston Elementary, and Principal of Sam Houston Elementary, Lamar Elementary, Oak Ridge Elementary, Ford Elementary & Houser Intermediate. His time of service with CISD was one of lasting friendships & deeply valued memories. After retirement he served as Mayor of Elkhart, Texas. He was a faithful servant of Percilla Community Church, serving as an elder & church Board Member. He married, Gwen Hotchkiss, on March 8, 1957. He was a devoted husband & father whom will be greatly missed. Special thanks are extended to his dear friends James Kaufman, Myron Fietz, Bobby Weise & Pastor Kenny Bush. Also, we would like to thank all of the people at Above & Beyond Assisted Living & Odyssey Hospice who have been so compassionate and helpful to our family. Visitation with the family will be held Friday, February 22, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Cashner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be performed at 3 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2013. You are invited to view the guest book and leave written condolences to the family at


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 22, 2013

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David Regester

February 26, 2013

Mr. Branch will always be remembered as a great Principal at Oak Ridge Elementary and Houser Intermediate. R.I.P. Sir.

February 26, 2013

George and his family were lifelong friends from Clauene community near Levelland. I knew George from the day he was born and taught him in high school in the infamous 5th period English class in l952-53 which was made up of mostly football players. He was a dear friend..well loved by his classmates and a highlight of the class reunions which I attended. His accomplishments athletically and educationally were exceptional.His many friends are saddened . Please express my sympathy to his famuly.

Donna Gregory

February 25, 2013

Prayers to Mr. Branch's family. He was my principal the year Lamar opened through my 4th grade year at Oak Ridge (the year it opened!). I remember him as a gentle giant who always had a smile on his face. He touched the lives of many children in CISD and will not be forgotten. Rest in peace, Mr. Branch.

Carol Reid (Griffith)

February 24, 2013

I owe my career in education to Mr. Branch. He believed in me, promoted me, and mentored me. His vision and leadership were amazing, and this impacted thousands of children and adults. I will always be grateful for my opportunity to work for him and know him.

February 23, 2013

I remember Mr. Branch when I attended Sam Houston in 1964. He was such a nice man. Rest in peace.

Guy & Carolyn Rush

February 23, 2013

We will miss our good friend & classmate. George was always "a gentle giant & gentleman". He truly loved everyone who was fortunate to be in his presence. God bless Mechelle & her family during this journey. We loved George Truett as part of our extended family. Lovingly Guy & Carolyn Rush, Lubbock, Tx

Amy Griffin

February 23, 2013

Mr. Branch was my principle at Sam Houston in the late 60's. I loved him. He was a great man. He will be missed.

Janine Cheatham

February 23, 2013

Mr. Branch: Thank you for being a mentor in my life. You were an angel amongst us and now, an angel above. I have fond memories of Mechelle and me, always sneaking, especially at Oak Ridge El. And always getting caught. We weren't great sneakers. Prayers for the family. Such a great loss. RIP, shuug.

Colleen Duhon

February 22, 2013

Mr. Branch was my oldest son's principal at Houser and was a great help to me in helping him adjust to Intermediate school. I did not have the pleasure of working with him, but later worked at Houser and heard from all the teachers and the front office staff what a wonderful principal and man he was. Please accept our sympathy and prayers

February 22, 2013

Mr. Branch was a true educator. He was a respected principal and dedicated to the children. He will be remembered with fond memories.