Mr. Walter C. Branch Jr. affectionately known as "Skeeta", of 1122 Commerce Street, Petersburg, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg.
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Walter was born on Oct. 16, 1938, to the late Annie Williams and Walter Casey Branch Sr. He was a graduate of the former G. W. Carver High School in Chester, Va.
Through the years, Walter had been employed at Bellwood, as a contractor for Frances Realty, and for over 50 years as a groundsman for Dr. Samuel Bush.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lillian Greene.
He leaves cherished memories to his wife, Mrs. Rose Branch of Petersburg; sons, Anthony Branch of McKenney, Walter Branch (Carla) of Petersburg, Kelvin Branch of Richmond, and Cornelius Branch of Petersburg; daughters, Evelyn Branch of Chester, Barbara Jean Tucker of Petersburg, and Rose Mae Tucker of Petersburg; one brother, Benjamin Branch of Petersburg; sister, Mary Wilson of Petersburg; sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Tucker of Petersburg; 32 grandchildren, among them devoted grandchild, Monzella Tucker; 27 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, including devoted niece, Claudette Williams.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the J. L. Dodson and Sons Funeral Establishment, 25824 Greensville Ave., Petersburg.
Funeral service for Mr. Walter C. Branch Jr. will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 1:30 p.m., at the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church of God In Christ, 233 Halifax St., Petersburg, with Pastor Jeffrey L. Dodson Sr., officiating. Interment will follow in the Lively Cemetery, Chester. Remains will rest in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends are asked to assemble at the residence, 1122 Commerce St., Petersburg, at 12:15 p.m. on the day of the service.
Professional funeral services are entrusted to the staff of the J. L. Dodson and Sons Funeral Establishment, 25824 Greensville Ave., Petersburg. Rev. Jeffrey L. Dodson Sr., funeral director, 804-732-5959 and 804-834-3330. Condolences may be registered at www.jldodsonandsons.com
Published in The Progress-Index on Mar. 21, 2013