STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mr. John Charles "Charlie" Brannen, age 69, died Wednesday afternoon at the East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro. The Chatham County native lived in Statesboro and Walterboro, S.C., during his childhood. At the age of 17, Charlie joined the United States Air Force, in which he served for four years. During his military service, he was trained as an electrician, working on military jet engines. Following his military service, Charlie returned to Statesboro, where he was employed by Rockwell Company for several years and for 10 years with Burke Brothers-Allied Contracting and Mechanical in Sylvania, Ga. Charlie then began his career with H.A. Sack Company in Statesboro, where he was employed for over 20 years as an industrial electrician. He retired in 2002 due to declining health.
His greatest passion was caring for his family and his work. Charlie enjoyed a successful career as a master electrician, in which he earned a reputation as one of the best in his field. Charlie was never intimidated by the size of a job. He took great pride in each and every project.
Charlie survived a battle with cancer that limited his physical abilities, but did not limit his ability to make everyone smile and laugh. He always had a great wit and dry sense of humor. Due to his limitations, Charlie was often homebound, where he enjoyed reading, watching TV, playing computer games and shooting pool.
He was a member of Clito Baptist Church.
Mr. Brannen was preceded in death by his parents, C.B. and Marjorie Burke Brannen; a brother, Pfc. James Robert Brannen; and a daughter-in-law, Leslie Jones Brannen.
Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Jeannette Morgan Brannen of Statesboro; his loving children, Lisa Andrus and Lynne Brannen Prince, both of Shellman's Bluff, Travis Brannen and Amber of Statesboro and Leslie Brannen Bowdoin of Statesboro; 10 grandchildren, Bill and Kristin Andrus, Jenny Lynne Harding, Morgan and Mason Brown, Chase, Regan and Jackson Brannen, Kelsie Morris and Lilly Bowdoin; two great-grandchildren, Landon Andrus and Payton McDaniel; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, June B. and Raymond Waters of Brooklet and Cindy B. and Doug Finn of Norris, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Zellner officiating. Interment will be in the Clito Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Justin Brannen, Kevin Morris, Chucky Morris, Jason Morris, Joey Gay, Timmy Lee, Bill Andrus and Matthew Waters.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the
, 515 Denmark Street, Statesboro, Ga. 30458.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, May 2, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from May 2 to May 10, 2014