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Byron M., died peacefully of natural causes on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 84, with his wife and daughter at his side. Byron was the loving husband of Wilhelmina Braddock Branson. He was a life-long Quaker, a committed social activist, a pacifist physicist, and a devoted father. Byron was born on June 24, 1929 in Guilford, North Carolina, the first child of B. Russell Branson and Bessie Phipps Branson. He graduated from Guilford College, in 1951 and married Wilhelmina Braddock in 1957. Byron worked as a physicist for the U.S. Public Health Service for over 28 years before retiring in 1985. He was a member of Community Friends Meeting for over 45 years. He served on the Board of The Friends Home (Quaker Heights) in Waynesville, Ohio for most of 25 years. He also was a longtime delegate (for the Society of Friends) to the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC). Byron is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wilhelmina Branson, his three children, Sara (Leigh) Homstad, Hannah Branson and Christopher (Carolyn Bliss) Branson, his six granddaughters (Annika, Mari, Cecilia, Elana, Michaela & Krista), as well as his brother, Clyde (Lu Henley) Branson. A celebration of Byron's life will be held in the manner of Friends at Cincinnati Friends Meeting (8075 Keller Rd.) on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1 pm. Condolences may be expressed at: GilliganFuneralHomes.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 10, 2014