BRANCH, Mary Shell, age 79, of Crewe, Va., passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband of 20 years, Charles Henry Branch Jr.; and a son, Billy Mercier. Mary is survived by a daughter, Shauna Mercier of Newport News; two sons, A.S. Mercier III, Kevin Mercier and wife, Janet, all of Crewe; five grandchildren, Jamie Mercier of Newport News, Brandon and Brittany Mercier, both of Burkeville, Jacob and Luke Mercier, both of Crewe; two great- grandchildren, Arianna and Braxton Mercier of Newport News; a brother, Charles "Buck" Shell of Roanoke; daughter-in-law, Shirley Mercier of Burkeville; and brother-in-law, Meade Thomas of Richmond. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Crewe Baptist Church, 400 E. Virginia Ave., Crewe, Va. 23930, with private entombment at Crewe Cemetery. Visitation will follow at the church after entombment. Joseph McMillian Funeral Home & Crematories, Blackstone, Va., is in charge of arrangements. www.mcmillianfuneralhome.com
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.