OBITUARY

Kenneth Joe Brannon

November 16, 1935February 22, 2021

Greensboro – Kenneth Joe Brannon, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday February 22, 2021 at Well-Spring Retirement Community. A private service will be livestreamed at 2:00 p.m. pm, Saturday, February 27 at fbcgso.org/memorial. Mr. Brannon will lie in state Friday, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Chapel. Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Odell Brannon and mother, Ione Robbins Brannon; sisters, Jenelle Gallman (Billy), Joyce Cantey (Gilbert) and brother-in-law James Smith (Ruth Ann & Peggy). Kenneth was born November 16, 1935. He graduated from Great Falls High School (1953 Valedictorian) from Furman University (1957) and had a degree from The American Institute of Banking. Before beginning his career at Peoples National Bank of Greenville SC, Kenneth served in the US Army followed by 8 years in the reserves. He later moved the family to Nashville TN where he worked at Lifeway for 27 years (Baptist Sunday School Board). Continuing his work with Lifeway, he transferred to Greenville and then Greensboro where they have called home for 45 years. Following ‘retirement’, he worked at Jefferson Pilot and Baptist Campus Ministries at UNCG. His church family was very important to him. Kenneth was a 45 year member of First Baptist Church of Greensboro where he served as a deacon, served on numerous committees including pastor search, sang in the choir and served in the Music, College, Singles and his beloved Happy Hearts Ministries. Never the one to lay idle, he was an avid volunteer at Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro Urban Ministries, Junior Achievement of Nashville, and Sertoma International in Greenville. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 63 years Joye Smith Brannon, son Brad Brannon (Sheryl), daughter Beth Barwick (Joey), all of Greensboro. Other survivors are grandchildren, Julie Brannon (Jen) of Schenectady NY, Dr. Samuel Brannon (Reverend Heather) of Millburn NJ, Tracie Hummel (Stephen) of Tucson AZ, Abigail Nettesheim (Dr. Matthew) of Greensboro, Dr. Brannon Kling (Kristin) of Greensboro, Rebecca Brannon of High Point and J.P. Barwick (Hannah) of Graham; great grandchildren, Cole and Laney Hummel and Conley Kling; nieces and nephews Gil, Terri, Meredith, Charles, Jimmy, Libby, Drew and Walter Kling - Brannon’s father. The family is most appreciative of the staff at the skilled care facility at Well-Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music ministries of First Baptist Church 1000 West Friendly Avenue or Well-Spring Benevolence Fund 4100 Well Spring Drive, both of Greensboro NC. Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Odell and Ione Robbins Brannon, Parents
  • Joye Smith Brannon, Wife
  • Brad and Sheryl Brannon, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Beth and Joey Barwick, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Also surviving are grandchildren, Julie (Jen) Brannon, Dr. Samuel Brannon (Reverend Heather), Tracie Hummel (Stephen), Abigail Nettesheim (Dr. Matthew), Dr. Brannon Kling (Kristin) (Kristin), Rebecca Brannon and J.P. Barwick (Hannah); great grandchildren, Cole and Laney Hummel and Conley Kling; nieces and nephews, Gil, Terri, Meredith, Charles, Jimmy, Libby and Drew and Walter Kling- Brannon's Father. In addition to his parents , sisters, Janell Gallman andJoyce Cantey and brother-in-law, James Smith preceded him in death.

Services

  • A Private Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Greensboro

Memories

Kenneth Joe Brannon

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Cary Root

March 1, 2021

Joye, You, Ken and I connected over our relationship with our dear friend Wanda Russell. And Joye, I always searched for you and Ken when we had service to speak with. Your kindness filled my bucket. I learned of Ken's passing through the Service on line February 28th from our Pastor Alan Sherouse. I must tell you I was shocked. With this Virus and not seeing you in person, I did not know anything. Ken was always my hero. He always sought me out whenever I was able to be with everyone at church. Like you, I am a 50 year member, joining when I was 9 years old and Baptized by Dr. Bowen. During my college years I did attend church with my roommate. I will miss Ken so much and did try to phone you. God Bless You. Cary

Jess Grassi

February 28, 2021

Joye, my daughter Ann told me of Kens passing while we were riding to my son Mike’s home on Saturday night. Please accept my deepest condolences for I truly understand what you are going through. Your were the perfect couple and I know you will miss Ken dearly.
Sincerely, Jess Grassi

Sylvia Curl

February 27, 2021

Joye, I am saddened so much by Ken’s death. Chris sent me a text telling me about his death and he said he was sad. You all meant so much to Chris and Paula while they were at First Baptist. When I visited them and saw you two you just lit up the room. So glad we had another tie—that Gerald and Ken went to same university. Prayers for you and the family. Sincerely, Sylvia Curl

Tom and Betsy Maynard

February 26, 2021

Dear Joye,

We are so sorry for your loss. Kenneth had such a kind spirit. We always enjoyed our visits with you at Ruth Anne and Jim's home during the holidays. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Love always,
Betsy and Tom

Joy Timmons

February 26, 2021

Joye & family - so sorry to hear about Kenneth - may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest - he fought the good fight for a long time - i will always remember my mother referring to Kenneth as "comfortable as an old shoe," meaning he was always easygoing, full of laughter, & comfortable to be in his presence - we love you & pray God will hold you in the palm of His hand - Joy & Wayne Timmons, Spartanburg, SC

Tom and Betsy Maynard

February 26, 2021

Dear Joye,

We are so sorry for your loss. Kenneth had such a kind spirit. We always enjoyed our visits with you at Ruth Anne and Jim's home during the holidays. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Love always,
Betsy and Tom

Evelyn Robinson

February 25, 2021

Brad, Sheryl and Rebecca and family,
My deepest sympathies to all of you in your loss. I know where he is by reading his obituary of his dedicated life to the Lord. You were so very dear to me when you came to Parkway Church.
Sincerely,
Evelyn

Marcia Cinato

February 25, 2021

Dear Joye,

Sending my condolences across the ocean to you and yours. It is never easy. It is always too soon.
Take your time to grieve, but don't forget to count your many, many blessings.
Love, marcia mathews cinato

Kathleen Wiglesworth-Perdue

February 25, 2021

Joye,
Deepest sympathy for your family’s loss. Ken was such a joy to be around (as were you) during my and sister Lynn’s youth choir days at FBC. Our thoughts and prayers go with you always.
Sincerely,
Kathleen “Kay” Wiglesworth Perdue

Grey Cockerham

February 25, 2021

Dear Joy we are so sorry about Ken he means so much to the happy hearts class we miss him so much please take care of yourself we love you so much be happy hearts class