Lawrence "Pop" Lee Brannan

April 15, 1920July 19, 2018
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Lawrence Lee Brannan (Pop), age 98, of Morristown, went to his eternal home to be with his Savior on July 19, 2018. Lawrence was a member of the United States Army. He served in World War II D-Day. Preceding him in death are his parents, Mary Judith and Isaac Brannan; sons, Lonnie Brannan and Larry Brannan. As well as several brothers and sisters.

He leaves behind his daughters, Suzi Brannan, Gerry (Doug) Cantwell, Kim Richardson, and Jackie Brannan. Grandchildren Adam (Paige) Brannan, Zak Martin, Elizabeth Martin, Derek Rucker, Elijah Richardson; great grandchildren, Austin Brannan, Preston Brannan and Olivia Martin.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 5 – 7:00 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Gary Biggs officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 for 11:00 a.m. internment in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

The family would like to express their thanks to Amedisys Home Health and Jefferson City Health and Rehab for their care of Lawrence.

Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home


  • Visitation Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 22, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, July 23, 2018

Lawrence "Pop" Lee Brannan

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July 22, 2018

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      Lawrence Lee Brannan was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Lawrence always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Lawrence was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Lawrence was born on April 15, 1920 at at home in Jefferson City, TN. His parents were Isaac and Mary Judith Brannan. Lawrence was raised in Jefferson County, Joppa and Grainger County. Always able to express himself well, Lawrence possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Lawrence was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Lawrence was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Lawrence was raised with ten siblings. He had Ellen, John, Ray, Major, Robert, Charles, Hal, Mary Jane, Dorothy and Lula. Lawrence had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Lawrence showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Lawrence enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. Lawrence's memorable achievements included surviving the Great Depression.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Lawrence was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Hamblen County Adult Education in 2003, at the age of 84. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was English.

      Friends and acquaintances found Lawrence an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Lawrence was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. Later in life, he became friends with Linda and Arnold Johnson, Ted and Brenda Haun, Robert Bales Jr., Rev. Hubert Spoon and S. D. Rhodes.

      Very much like a kid himself, Lawrence identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Lawrence was blessed with six children., two sons, Lonnie and Larry and four daughters, Suzi, Gerry, Kim and Jackie. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Adam, Zak, Elizabeth, Derek, Elijah and Paige.

      Lawrence was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Lawrence’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Lawrence was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Lawrence could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Parts and Service Manager at Bob Bales Ford. He was employed for 30 years at Bob Bales Ford.

      Lawrence was an Army Veteran. Lawrence was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in Company 1, 116th Regiment Infantry, 29th Division with all military service stationed overseas. Lawrence saw action for eight hours on D-Day on Omaha Beach. He achieved the rank of PFC. He received several awards including a Purple Heart, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. Expert Infantry Badge. Infantry, Aviation & Marksmanship Badges. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Lawrence enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were crossword puzzles, Sudoku, Cryptoquotes and reading. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Lawrence was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Lawrence was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Atlanta Braves Baseball and U. T. Football.

      Lawrence was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Lawrence worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Lawrence was an active member of the American Legion.

      Lawrence held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of White Oak Grove and Grace Baptist Churches. During that time, he was a Sunday School Superintendent, led Sunday School Visitation to Homebound.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Lawrence truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Daytona Beach, D-Day Celebrations in Normandy, driving cross country to California.

      Lawrence was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Lawrence’s favorites was Brownie, a mixed breed dog. They were best friends for eight years.

      When Lawrence’s retirement finally came in 1985, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed.

      Lawrence passed away on July 19, 2018 at Jefferson City Health & Rehab in Jefferson City, TN. from natural causes. He is survived by children; Suzi, Gerry, Kim and Jackie. Sisters; Mary Jane and Dorothy and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Lawrence was laid to rest in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

      Lawrence was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Lawrence had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Lawrence Lee Brannan.