Joseph Edward Brannan

September 15, 1960June 13, 2019
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Joseph Edward Brannan, 58, of Wilson, passed away Thursday. A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 17, 2019, at Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC, with Chaplain Tim Hopkins officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 pm., at the funeral home located at 2704 Nash St. N, Wilson, NC.

Joe graduated cum laude from UNC-Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in business. He later graduated with distinction from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Joe was a banker with BB&T for 37 years, most recently Executive Vice President/Processing Services Manager. Joe was in his element when he was mentoring fellow associates in helping them to achieve their career goals. He was an astute businessman and banker who was highly respected by his peers and associates. Joe loved deeply and was deeply loved. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Kay Worrell Brannan; two daughters, Lisa Rene Johnson of Daytona Beach, FL and Lori Michelle Johnson of Wilson; his father, Robert T. Brannan of Valley View, TX; two sisters, Kathryn Brannan Montague of Nashville, TN and Susan Brannan Nickerson (Jimmy) of Valley View, TX; and two brothers, Thomas J. Brannan (Jo) of Lake Kiowa, TX and David C. Brannan (Shelly) of Beaufort, NC. Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Turner Brannan.

The Brannan family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and love to Joe’s caregivers, Tiffany Artis, Rosa Best, Patricia Chestnut, Angela Horne, and Candice Compton, for the loving care they provided and becoming part of Joe’s extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: The Memory Disorders Program: FTD Clinical Research and Care, UNC Medicine, 123 West Franklin St., Suite 510, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Please make checks payable to: The Medical Foundation of NC, Inc.

Funeral services are under the direction of Thomas-Yelverton Funeral Home, Wilson, NC. Online condolences may be sent to


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Ralph Hester

June 18, 2019

Kay and Joe's Family,
Barbara and I send our sincere condolences to all of you, and you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Although I did not work directly with Joe, he was a true BB&T'er; he was very kind to everyone and was a "team player". Being from Audit Services, which can be controversial at times, Joe always welcomed us and wanted to know if anything needed improving, and he was always willing to work with us in an effort to "do the right thing" for BB&T. Being from another department, Joe was well respected by his peers and coworkers. I know Joe is resting in peace now, after struggling the last years with his health. He will be remembered for a kind and gentle person, and someone who is fun to be around.
Ralph and Barbara Hester

Jim and Connie Michael

June 17, 2019

Bob and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your son's passing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Much love to you all, Jim and Connie Michael

Tim Dillow

June 15, 2019

Dear Kay,

Dawn and I want to share our sincerest condolences to you and the entire Brannan family.
Joe will be missed by all who knew him and especially those that had the great privilege to work with him for many years at BB&T. Joe was a great leader and friend that sought to bring out the best in a person and was always there through good times and bad.
He often told us to enjoy the mountain top moments we experienced after achieving a special milestone in our career or life. Today, I am sure Joe is enjoying the greatest mountain top moment ever as the doors of heaven open wide to welcome him home. The view must be awesome!

Dawn and Tim Dillow

Yvonne Shallahamer

June 15, 2019

I never met Joe, but I can see in his smile not only the family resemblance but a kind soul. I read that he loved deeply and was deeply loved. Nothing greater can be said of anyone. Kathy, you and all Joe’s family will be in my prayers.

Lynn Comstock

June 14, 2019

Kay, Lisa, Lori and Family,
I am so very saddened to hear of Joe's passing. Not only was he the best manager I ever had the pleasure of working under but he was also one of the kindest, most decent people I have ever known. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that you are in prayers. I hope Joe will hunt up my dad in Heaven and they can have many great games of golf together!

Greg Yarbrough

June 14, 2019

One day my son, Robert, and I were at the car wash and Joe drove up with his Gold Muscle Car to wash. Robert asked Joe about the car and Joe said he paid like $500 for it. Robert said Mr Brannan I will give $500 for it. Before Joe could answer, I said Robert look at the radio. Robert had no clue about what it was, AM radio. Robert then told Joe never mind, Joe just laughed.

When i moved here I started playing golf with Joe. One of my first days playing with the group it was raining. My wife drove me to the course and only Joe was there. See it was raining good and no one else showed up. I introduced Joe to my wife and he said I will never forget your name, cause my wife’s name is Kay also.

Joe was such a wonderful person. I will miss him.

Jennifer Williams

June 14, 2019

Joe was a kind man. I will forever have memories of Joe dressed like Santa Claus on Christmas Eve waving us into the gate knowing how we all dreaded to be there but understanding that we had a job to do and he made the day a little lighter. I will always think of him and those cowboy boots coming down the Hall with the big good morning. He never let his position or status or money change him, he never acted as if he was better than any of us. We were all a family at BB&T and he was our leader and there will never be another leader at BB & T like Joe. Heaven has gained one of a kind.

Gordan Ray

June 14, 2019

Joe was a good and kind neighbor. He will be missed. We wish Kay and his family peace during this transition of their lives.
Gordan, Lynn, and Bethany Ray

Butch Morton

June 14, 2019

Kay and family. Mittie and I are so very saddened by Joe's passing. I feel blessed to have known Joe and worked with him for over 30+ years and honored to call him my friend. Joe was smart, witty, funny and a great friend and mentor to so many that crossed his path. Joe will be truly missed but the memories of his smile and friendship will live within all of us who knew him for our lifetime. RIP Joe!!