Jimmy Lee Branum
March 29, 1954 – August 12, 2017
Eulogy (written by family) – Jimmy Lee Branum, 63, of Grand Prairie, Texas went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 12, 2017. He was born in England, AR on March 29, 1954 in his family home to James and Billie Branum. As a child he spent time working with his family on Tucker prison farm in Arkansas. At the age of 12 his family relocated to Texas where he graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1972.
His first job after high school was at Incorporated Carriers where he taught his self to be a Class A-1 Trailor Mechainc, which he continued to do the rest of his life. In 1981, he started his family and then in 1984 purchased his first home where he spent the next 16 years raising his children.
During that time, he enjoyed working on trucks, camping, riding Harleys, and having big gatherings while whipping everyone in a game of horseshoes or washers.
One of his and his children’s past times was scaring one another. It all started with live possums and turned into including a gorilla mask that traveled through the family. Best memory of all the pranks they played was when his children and nieces decided to scare him as he came home from work.
It was around Easter and the girls had these hard-boiled egg candies in different colors. So they take these eggs and get them wet, so the color runs, and begin using these wet eggs to drawl war paint on their face. Streaks of pink and purple, etc. Then, they all went into his room to hide and wait. He comes into his room to take his boots off and the children jump out and yell causing him to react by going into a full on Karate Kid pose in self-defense.
Which causes the children to laugh so hard he could tell he was not in danger. He then informed them that they almost went to go see Jesus. Which became his favorite thing to say!
Throughout his life the karate kid pose was refered to during family gatherings. Jimmy and his children always tried to one up each other to see who could scare who the best. This continued after his grandchildren arrived and joined in on the family tradition.
As his children grew up their friends always loved and respected him as well. They could always count on him for fatherly advice or a good stern talking to, depending on the situation.
Even after his own children were grown he continued to have lasting relastionships with their friends who became a second family to him. Throughout his life, he made many friends and was always glad to see them offering hugs, smiles and a hand shake to all. His home was always open to any and everyone who needed a place to stay. His friends were very dear to him, the women were always ladies and the men were always his cowboys. If they ever needed anything, he was always a phone call away.
He will always be remembered as a care free, fun loving father, friend, brother, uncle, cousin and much more.
He was a hero to his grandchildren and to them the greatest cowboy that ever lived. He will be greatly missed and forever loved by all his family and friends. His dancing, singing along with the term “ooo wee” (say in low tone) will be forever remembered by all who loved him. Save us a dance and be ready to sing a song when we meet again. We love you always, Ooo wee Jimmy Lee
He was preceded in death by his father James Edward Branum, grandparents Lee and Evie Branum along with many dearly beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Theresa Branum; children: Justain Branum, Trisha Winn and husband, Ronnie, Nikki Tidwell and husband, Travis; grandchildren: Ronnie Winn Jr., Lyric Winn, Genny Branum, Kloe Branum, Joshua Branum, Cheyanne Winn, Melissa Winn, several fur babies and 3 siblings: Debbie, Ronnie and William.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Jimmy Lee Branum
March 6, 2018
We lost a good man . Lots of respect for him and his got his wings now. Fly on Brother
October 29, 2017
Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11
September 3, 2017
RIP Jimmy Lee you are so missed and loved met you 2012 and cherished the memories and get togethers a lot changed but I will always remember you as the greatest sweetest funny guy always smiling who would give the shirt off his back god only takes the best fly high till we meet again woo wee buddy
August 16, 2017
To one of the most beautiful families I have had the privilege to meet you and be at your service. I didn't get to meet Jimmy but from all the people that came to show their love for him and meeting you all it would have been an honor indeed. You all held on so strong, and we know there will be times you will break down and not have it all together. But know you have a genuine support system and you can count on us too. We will keep you in our prayers because we know who can help you hold everything together and can hold your hearts safely. Peace and blessings,
August 15, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you, love you and keep you.
August 14, 2017
I'm so glad I got to visit with Jimmy last week. We laughed, we cried and talked about good times past. We also talked about serious issues. I found my friend was not scared, and had a full understanding of what he faced. He firmly stated that he had made his peace with God, and told me he'd see me again. I'm fully confident he is correct!
I was prepared to go and get him something to eat, but he wasn't hearing it. He was going with me- OUT to eat.
As we wrapped up our visit, I couldn't but think how many times he was there for me. Whether I needed help with the car, something else needed fixing or I just needed a friend to lean on, he was always there for me. The thought crossed my mind, if the situation was opposite, my buddy would've loaded me up, and pushed that wheelchair anywhere I wanted to go.
It was sad to see all he went through but I never heard him complain about it. I'm glad to call him my friend, even though he is more a brother. And I'm glad, for I have all confidence that he has gained his brand new legs and I look forward to being together again!