Barbara Branch


ASHEVILLE - Barbara Jean Branch departed this life on Sunday, December 11, 2012. A native of Asheville she was a daughter of Clinton and Gertie Platts Hankerson. She was formerly employed with the US State Dept.

Surviving are her children, Michael Avery (Angela) of Asheville, Mitchell Avery (Tenisha) of Washington, DC, Cassandra Shivers (Michael) of Washington, DC and Duan Duckett (Lowell) of Northern, VA; brothers, Melvin and Clinton Hankerson, Jr. of Asheville; sisters, Lottie Mae Poole and Ruth Hankerson of Asheville and Mary Cheatham of Richmond, VA; seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Services will be held Monday at Noon in Nazareth First Baptist Church. Dr. Charles R. Mosley will officiate, burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends an hour prior to services and other times at 1 East End Place.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Service. An online memorial register is available at


Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 16, 2012