Charles Travis Brannon

February 3, 1952October 7, 2020

Brought into a military family on February 3rd, 1952, Charles TRAVIS Brannon unknowingly was off to a life of non-stop adventure, aided and abetted a year later by his more athletic and less fearless brother, Todd (he nearly got me killed so many times!).

Moving to Jacksonville when he was 6, Travis’ parents, Philip Clyde (pre-deceased) and Sara Ruth Brannon, gave us the LONGEST leash when it came to childhood imaginations- think 6-years olds climbing 50-foot gum trees; 8-year olds climbing 20-foot pine saplings to the top to see if they could bend them back to the ground; 9-year olds riding their bikes in the spray of the mosquito trucks (wonder where that cancer came from?!). Landing in Nashville at age 11, imagine 13-years olds leaping Evil Knievel style over a plywood plank and sawed off log (nearly lost my ear on that one!); USS Clorox; a limited license at 14 to deliver papers, a 15-year old delivering said papers with no brakes (THAT’S what the emergency brakes are for!)!

After graduating from John Overton High School in 1970, his next exploits began at the U.S. Naval Academy, followed the next year by Todd (found out he was also smarter!). He met his third brother there, Dick Adams, roommate for all four years, who fortunately kept me grounded and mostly out of trouble. The regimen of the military routine was just what Trav needed as well- if he had gone to a civilian college, he surely would have partied right out of school, but instead, the crucible of the experience created literally dozens of close comrades who still influenced him, and he loved them so closely after 46 years.

Being an aerospace engineer was the impetus of the next most exhilarating eight years of his life! After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1974, off he went to Pensacola, the Annapolis of the Air. Finishing flight school in 1976, he was assigned to fly the F-4 Phantom (THE most beautiful fighter ever built!) at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA, and eventually re-joined Dick in VF-103. A smooth talker as always, Dick was able to persuade the squadron Commanding Officer to allow them to fly together as a crew- new escapades (50-feet, 600 mph over the Mediterranean; arcing around Mt. Etna; NIGHT CARRIER LANDINGS- YIKES)!

The next four years brought more jaunts and capers- Top Gun; FIVE feet over the California desert at 500 mph (scared some donkeys on that one!); 1,400 mph; 62,000 feet above the Atlantic; trashed a $100 million F/A-18 (it’d take a full-page obituary to tell that story!); and so many more joyful, fantastic flights, compliments of the U. S. Navy! My Navy life allowed me to fly 4,000 hours in 30 different types of aircraft.

Knowing that he would someday want to have the most gratifying experience a human being can share with another, a family, he, with hesitancy, left the Navy for medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis in 1982, graduating in 1986. It was there that he received an incredible gift, the most amazing and extraordinary wife, Susie. Married in 1984, she gave him two unbelievable legacies, TRAVIS Walker (pre-deceased, 2019. A Marine attack helicopter pilot, he was killed in a training flight at WTI, a prestigious training program for a select few.). Patrick COLLIN soon followed, and the Brannon family was complete. Collin also became a Marine, and the military heritage continued.

The next thirty years flew by with so many new adventures- flying the southeast; enjoying the gulf coast; fishing in Canada with his sons and friends; skiing with families; and sailing the Caribbean. His greatest love was GOLF. He had 30 years of membership at Hillwood Country Club, and formed tremendous friendships, especially amongst the GBGs, those LCMF’s whose escapades are legendary! It took him 50 years to get his first hole-in-one, but then the barrier was broken, and he had his second nine months later.

Travis had a life that was full of joy, laughter, and nothing was left in the bottom of the Coors Light bottle. His hope was that those he left behind…beautiful, red-headed, green-eyed Irish lady, Susie; Wife, Nashville; his son, Collin, and wife, Kimber, Nashville; mother, Sandy (Sara), Nashville; Virginia, daughter-in-law and Milly, granddaughter, Nashville; brother, Todd, and wife, Kim, Brentwood; niece, Rachel, Franklin; Grandma Dixie, Kim’s mother, Franklin; nephew, Chase and wife, Linda, Knoxville; sisters in law, Patty Crase, Southaven, Miss.; Jeanne Shannon and husband, Danny, Horn Lake, Miss; nephew, Jason and wife, Jennifer, Cordova, Tenn.; nephew, Michael Shannon, Memphis; niece Colleen Sears, niece and husband, Tom, Jonesboro, Ark; Jimmy Corrigan, brother-in-law and wife Brenda and their children, Jimmy, Ashley, and Mary Allison.

There remains a long list of close friends: Dick & Kristin, Doug & Terre, Roy & Marty, Larry & Susan, Dan & Betsy, Teri & Brad, Mark & Bette, Michelle & John, Dawn & Mark, Riggs & Carol, Bill & Sandra, Rod & Jan, Bob & Cathy, Bob & Jenise, Bill & Jeanne, Garey & Elizabeth, Jimmy & Dana, Dennis, Bob & Kathy, Rick & Katie, and so many more…..

He would also like to give enormous thanks to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and especially the staff- Drs. Skip Burris, Richard Geer, Johanna Bendell, Andy Kennedy, and the “machines”, Gretchen Burchett, Natalie, and Mary!

In lieu of flowers, please give to The Gary Sinese Foundation or a charity of your choice. Go Navy, Beat Army!


  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service(Private due to Covid)

    Monday, October 19, 2020


  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Charles Travis Brannon

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Jack Howard

October 22, 2020

Condolences from a former pilot in VF 103. I served with Travis in 1977 and 1978. Great guy and gone way too soon.

Rod Sams

October 19, 2020

Susie and family,

May God comfort you in this time of grieving. Travis' life was one to remember and celebrate. A Southern Gentleman and example for us all and friend and classmate. I truly share your loss.

Deepest sympathy,
Rod Sams
USNA '74 34th Company

Joseph Belinski

October 19, 2020

You were always an inspiration to me. Fair winds!
Joe Belinski 1974

Larry Deason

October 19, 2020

Travis, Haven’t seen you in a while. My favorite memory is our match that went to the eighteenth hole during the Senior Championship match, you won. We had many conversations about our military service that day, a Sailor and a Marine. I’m sure you are in Heaven now with Captain Travis Brannon. Remember the last verse of the Marine Corps Hymn.
“If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”
Semper Fi Travis, RIP
Larry Deason

Christopher Hikade

October 18, 2020

I have been woefully delinquent in staying in touch over the years.
I am deeply saddened by your passing, you meant a lot to me when we were all in another era of our lives, back at the Academy.
You will be missed, and I will never forget you, and I am certain that you will be reunited with your son in Heaven.
With great love and respect,
Chris Hikade
USNA 1974

Linda Forrest

October 16, 2020

I worked with Dr. Brannon, in pre-op and recovery at the Howell Allen Center for Spinal surgery, when we first opened in 2005, until I left there in 2009. In speaking of Dr. Brannon today, with another who knew him as a friend and coworker, we couldn't stop saying so many wonderful things about kind, never heard him say a bad thing about anyone else. He always spoke, no matter how many times a day we passed in the hall. What an excellent doctor he was...even as one of our very own patients, when he had neck surgery. Such a gentle and strong man, loved by staff and patients. I am so sorry for the hole left in so many hearts and lives. God's unique peace to each of you.

Beth Kipps

October 16, 2020

My heart breaks for you and your family. I’m praying for you during this difficult time. Travis was a sweet and kind man and a friend to all. Hugs

Beth Kipps

Pete Venuto

October 15, 2020

Such a rich and distinguished life lived.

I am humbled and proud to call you my Classmate.

Fair winds and following seas


Pete Venuto
USNA '74

David Vogel

October 14, 2020

You were one of the top members of our Naval Academy Class of 74 Travis, and you will always be remembered as such. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to you, Susie, and to the entire Brannon Family. We had one last chance to break bread with Trav on the 50th Anniversary of our USNA Induction Day this June. The four of us there will always treasure that last chance to enjoy our camaraderie with one of our Greats. God Bless and Godspeed. 🇺🇸

Jeanne Stabile

October 14, 2020

Thank you Todd for that beautiful reminder of Travis’s life. Great man, great family. Will be missed


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