Mr. James W. Branning

April 29, 1929January 30, 2020

James Welton “Jim” Branning, age 90, went to be with his Savior on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at Baptist Hospital. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Lakewood Funeral Home, 6011 Clinton Boulevard, in Jackson with Rev. Chip McArthur leading the service. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral beginning at 1:30 pm.

Jim was born to Homer and Ima Branning at French Camp, Mississippi on April 29, 1929. He grew up in French Camp and graduated from high school there. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked for the Shell Oil Company, and then later, for B.F. Goodrich and Michelin Tire Company until his retirement.

He had four children: James Lee (Carla) and Joe Marc (Debra) of Norfolk, VA, Doug (Becky) of Brandon, MS, and Donna McArthur (Chip) of McConnells, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Talmage and Robert Branning, and sister Eunice Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nell Branning, brother Jack Branning of Vicksburg, and in addition to his children, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

He was a forty-year member of Alta Woods Presbyterian Church and then until his death, of Pearl Presbyterian Church. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed all his friends at the Wolf Hollow Senior Golf Club and the Jackson Senior Golf Club. He was proud to have played on the Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez’s golf courses at the Villages in Florida.

Jim lived the last 8 ½ years of his life with his wife at the Orchard Retirement Home. Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9703, or to Pearl Presbyterian Church, 2933 Old Brandon Rd; Pearl, MS 39208.


  • Jay Branning, Pallbearer
  • Webb McArthur, Pallbearer
  • James Branning, Pallbearer
  • Carl Branning, Pallbearer
  • Mark Branning, Pallbearer
  • Tim Blumenstein, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 2, 2020


Mr. James W. Branning

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Linda Primer

February 6, 2020

I am going to miss Mr. Branning i was one of his caregivers. Mr B was a lot of fun, you had to take time to understand him. I will always remember his smile.
Before he got sick he held my hand and gave me a thumbs up that he was ok. I w. ill miss you, be at peace you are home now in Gods arms.