Gladys Rea Melvin Branning, 75 of Alford, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 at Bay Medical center in Panama City. Gladys was born July 16, 1938 in Washington County to George Wesley and Roxie (Kent) Melvin. Gladys had lived in the panhandle since 1976. She worked as a seamstress for the Cottondale Sewing Factory.
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She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Roxie Melvin; husband, Willard Branning; daughter, Wilma Mathes; brother, George Melvin and two sisters, Mary Merle Chance and Doylene Daniels.
She is survived by her two sons, Willard Branning (Carol) of Kinston, Ala., and Daryl Branning of Alford; two daughters, Harriet Barnes (Freddie) of Steel City and Cheryl Branning-Pilla of Lynn Haven; three brothers, James Melvin (Nancy) of Alford, Glen Melvin (Cheryl) of Castleberry and Tommy Melvin (Donna) of Arizona; three sisters, Brenda Isler (Bobby) of Alford, Edna Daniels of Alford and Diane Wade (Mark) of Ocala; sister-in-law, Iris Melvin; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Services were held at 10a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 at Damascus Free Will Baptist Church in Marianna, with Pastor Ezra Caynor and the Rev. James Vickery officiating. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at Damascus Free Will Baptist Church. Interment followed in New Salem cemetery in Kynesville. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley is directing.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Sept. 18, 2013
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