Earl Branch passed away suddenly at Lake City Medical Center from pneumonia just days after his 75th birthday. Born in Lakeland, Fl., he had resided in Lake City for the past 35 yrs. He worked in the phosphate mining business for 43 yrs and retired as a Reclamation Supervisor for Occidental/PCS. Many hearts are broken and his will be deeply missed by many.
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He is survived by his wife of 29 yrs, June Branch of Lake City. Preceded by his father Aaron William Branch and mother Freddie W. Elliott of Lakeland Fl. He has 3 children whom love him very much. Stephen Earl Branch of CA, Becky (Bob) Branch Gerber of CA and Brandy (Ken) Watson of Lake City. Also survived by a sister, Sharon (Ray) Hall of Lakeland. 5 grandchildren: Lindsey (19) and Andrea (17) Gerber, Harper (13), Juliet (11) and Zander (little Earl, 9) Branch all of CA. Extended family: Candice, Scott & Davis McCue, Joanna & Dustin King, and Alan Watson of Lake City. And Numerous nieces, nephews, loved family and many close friends.
Earl was an active member of Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church, Lake City and former council president. He was a Elks Lodge member, and treasured his time with his 4 Seasons social group of close friends. Earl was an avid fisherman and loved working in his garden. His days at the beach with special friends and family will always be remembered. Our hearts will take time to heal as we remember all the wonderful days with this special man with an unforgettable personality and sense of humor.
Memorial Services will be conducted on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM with Pastor John David Bryant officiating. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service from 3-4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Haven Hospice or the Spirit of Christ Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of GUERRY Funeral Home, Lake City. Please sign the guestbook at
Published in Lake City Reporter on June 14, 2012