BRANNEN, REVEREND FRED ALTON - 75, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the family residence, with his loving family by his side. He devoted his life to the Church of God Ministries for 53 years. In earlier years he was overseer of the Church of God Missions in Guyana, South America. He retired as field director of Africa Church of God World Missions. He also served as Church of God Pastor of Tellico Plains Church of God, Midtown Church of God in Kingston, North Side Church of God in Lenoir City, Waynesboro Church of God, Donelson Church of God and Cedar Hill Church of God in Talbott, TN. He was a member of Victory Drive Church of God. He was also a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He was preceded in death by his father, Reverend Louis Alton Brannen. Survivors include his wife of almost 57 years, Frances Hildreth Brannen of Cleveland; three daughters and sons-in-law, Frankie and Rick Durham of Cleveland, Ruthie and Curtis Crockett of Cleveland, and Tabitha and Philip Jaycox of Watertown, NY; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; mother, Bonnie Jones Brannen of Cleveland; two brothers: Will and wife Melody Brannen, Lowell and wife, Janis Brannen all of Cleveland; two sisters, Bonita and husband, Michael Landrum, and Donice and husband, Raymond Brown all of Cleveland; several nieces and nephews also survive. A celebration of his life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Vaughan and Dr. Edward L. Williams officiating. Interment will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Lakeview Cemetery in Lenoir City with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Church of God World Missions, 2490 Keith Street, NW, Cleveland, TN 37311. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Brannen family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 16, 2014