William Alexander "Bill" Branche ROCK HILL - Mr. William Alexander "Bill" Branche, 78, of Rock Hill, S.C., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his home. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at India Hook United Methodist Church, 3300 Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill, S.C. A Memorial service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. at the church, with the Rev. Tony Adams officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Bill was the son of the late Sumter Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Baker Branche. He was formerly employed at Rock Hill Printing & Finishing, Lowenstein Corporation of which he was a printer and member of the Machine Printers and Engravers Association (MPEA). He opened and operated Branche Builders, Inc. from 1979 until his retirement in 2006. Bill was a bird advocate. He maintained a bird sanctuary for blue birds, housed and worked to increase awareness of blue birds coast to coast. He raised and participated in many dove shows. Bill created additional color to the variety of the ring neck breed. He was known as "The Doveman" for 35 years. Bill was a devoted family member, loved and devoted much of his life to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Craig Branche; his two sons, Steven Alexander Branche and wife, Barbara Sullens Branche and Thomas Eugene (Gene) Branche and wife, Teresa Livengood Branche; his three grandchildren, Shannon Elizabeth Plemmons and husband, Andy Plemmons, Daniel Thomas Branche and wife, Stacie Hubbard Branche, and Julie Branche Mendenhall and husband, Graham Mendenhall; and his five great-grandchildren, Lanee Kay Branche, Kinon Grant Bragg, Luke Mendenhall, McKayla Mendenhall and Jeremiah Mendenhall. Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, S.C., is assisting the Branche family. Memorials may be made to India Hook United Methodist Church, 3300 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732 or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Condolences may be made at www.greenefuneralhome.net.
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Published in The Herald on July 25, 2014