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James Tenney "Jim" Branch Jr.

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James Tenney "Jim" Branch, Jr.

MINDEN, LA - Funeral services for James Tenney "Jim" Branch, Jr. will be held Friday June 18, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden. Officiating will be Rev. Bill Ichter and Frank Griffith. Interment will follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday June 17, 2010 at Rose-Neath.

Jim was born June 27, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri and entered into rest June 15, 2010 in Shreveport. He served in the United States Navy in the N. Atlantic during WWII. He then moved to Minden in 1950 working at the Shell Plant. He was active and past president of the American Legion, Wiley Pevy Post, Webster Parish Police Jury, Minden Chamber of Commerce, South Webster Industrial Board, and chairman of Minden Medical Center Board. Chosen Man of the Year in 1984 and Lion's Club Man of the Year in 1984. Jim was owner of Jim Branch Insurance Agency from 1967-1994, a charter member and past chairman of Coordinating and Developmental Corp., a member and past president of Pine Hills Country Club, and an LSU Alumni.

His parents James T. Branch, Sr. and Arnot Murphy Branch preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne Branch of Minden, sons Tenney Branch and wife Debbie of Minden, Bill Branch of Ball, Rick Branch and wife Donna of Shreveport, step sister Betty Lehmberg of Houston, Texas, step brother Peter Branch of Farmerville, grandchildren Jeanne Branch, Bo Branch, Betsy Branch Phillips, Lauren Branch Watkins, Mike Branch, Amy Branch, six great-grandchildren, and including a host of friends.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Williamson, Greg Phillips, J. C. Johnson, Russell Adams, Hal Jackson, Frank Griffith, Bo Branch, and Mike Branch.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's or charity of choice. Rose-Neath Funeral Home

Minden Chapel (318) 377-3412

Published in Shreveport Times on June 17, 2010
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