Christine "Pete" (Cole) Branch(1924-2012)

BESSEMER CITY - Christine "Pete" Cole Branch, 88, of Bessemer City, died Oct. 12, 2012, at Kings Mountain Hospital.

She was born April 23, 1924, in Alabama to the late Edgar Sloan and Daisy Harrison Cole.

"Pete" was a member of First Baptist Church, Bessemer City and was retired from Firestone.

She was a loving wife, mother, "Momma Pete" and "Granny" to all who knew and loved her, and will live forever in their hearts.

She is survived by husband Dewitt Branch of 71 years; children Buddy Eugene Branch and wife, Wanda, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jean Branch Conner of Bessemer City and Randy Dewitt Branch and wife, Gilda, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sister, Rebecca "Honey" Cole of Myrtle Beach; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Edgar "Buck" Cole; sisters, Hazel Thornburg Caldwell and Barbara "Bebe" Scates.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at Sisk-Butler Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Millwood officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately after the service.

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Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral Home, Bessemer City.

Funeral Home

Sisk-Butler Funeral Home
PO Box 366 Bessemer City, NC 28016

Published in Gaston Gazette from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15, 2012