Calvin Carr Branning

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Funeral service for Calvin Carr Branning, 83, will be 11 a.m. today March 15, 2016, at Gray Brown Service Mortuary. Burial will follow at Holly Springs Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Branning died Saturday at his residence. In this world God has raised up many great men to His service. Some the history books have lauded and others, though never recorded by historians, were never-the-less great men to be remembered by and for their legacy. Calvin Branning was such a man, a man who continued a legacy of faith, passed on to him from his parents, Walter B. and Nellie C. Branning, who preceded him in the presense of the Lord. A legacy he passed on to three generations of his own, his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. Calvin Branning was a loving husband to Etta C. Branning, to whom he was happily married for 61 years. She grieves the passing of her closest friend and dearest companion. Though he would rather be remembered as a Godly man and a family man, rather than a military man, it was his service in the United States Army 101 Airborne Division during the Korean War that earned him a Purple Heart and brought him to Fort McClellan. It was while he was stationed there that he met Etta Carr of Jacksonville, Alabama, whom he made his wife. Together they eventually put down roots permanently in Anniston, Alabama to raise their family. Calvin was a loving father, bringing up six children, Rosalind Waltenbaugh (husband Dennis), Calvin B. "Sonny" Branning (wife Cynthia), Walter P. Branning and Carol Smith (husband Roger), Miriam Waybright (husband Warren) Melanie Taylor (husband Mike). His children mourn the loss of their father with his words of wisdom and wise guidance. Calvin was also a man familiar with loss. He is preceded in the presense of the Lord by two children, his son, Walter Philip "Boo Boo" Branning and his daughter, Miriam Ruth "Meechie" Branning Waybright. Despite such heart wrenching loss he never lost sight of the rock of his salvation, Christ, where his faith was kept firm by the Hand of an Almighty Sovereign God in whose mercy Calvin placed his trust. Calvin is also proceded in the presense of the Lord by two brothers, Walter Branning Jr. and Paul Branning; and his great-grandson, Emerson Keats Brown. The Word of God that Calvin held dear tells us in Proverbs 17:6 that the crown of old men are their children's children and he was blessed with a very rich crown indeed. He is survived by 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren, whom he loved greatly, and they him. They held Calvin in the highest respect and honor and will deeply miss him. Calvin is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Rosalind Waltenbaugh, Dorcas Branning, Judson Branning and David Branning. John 6:37-39....." All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." 2 Timothy 4:7-8....."I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Published in The Anniston Star on Mar. 15, 2016
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