GASTONIA - Robert Eugene Branton, 86, passed away Oct. 16, 2013, at the Robin Johnson House.
He was born July 21, 1927 in Swain County to the late James L. Branton and Ollie Laws Branton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Violet Palmer.
Robert had retired from Textiles. Robert was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, and was a veteran in the U.S. Navy
, serving in World War II
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Doris Coleman Branton; son, Michael Branton and wife, Janet Cloninger Branton; daughter, Hazel Branton Roberts and husband Roger Roberts; grandchildren, Amy Mitchell and husband Brian; Kevin Branton and wife Candace; Stacy Yarbrough and husband Dan; Jacob and Justin Roberts; great-grandchildren, Luke Mitchell, Drew Mitchell and Elizabeth Branton; sisters, Lessie Henderson, Bessie Biggerstaff, and Nellie Ruth Murphy.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Friday at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home.
Celebration of life service will follow at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Hensley officiating.
Burial will be at Gaston Memorial Park, with Military Honors by the Gaston County Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Robin Johnson House, c/o Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.
The family is being cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Rd Gastonia, 704-864-5144.