Lucien A. Branch Jr.

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Lucien A. Branch, Jr. passed away at his residence April 17, 2013 at the age of 70 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 25, 1942 in New Orleans, LA to Lucien A. Branch, Sr. and Alice B Townsend Branch. On June 15, 1990, he married his best friend and love of his life, RoxAnne Wonenberg Branch, in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from Neville High School in Monroe, LA in 1960. As a high school senior, he was named as an All-State Center and Linebacker and was also chosen as the team captain of the 1959 undefeated State Championship Football Team that earned him a football scholarship to Louisiana State University. As a university student, he was a member of the Block and Bridle Club. He graduated from LSU in 1965 with Bachelor's of Agriculture in Animal Science. He served in the Louisiana National Guard from 1964-1970. His early adult life was spent farming and ranching near Cheneyville, LA. During those years, he was active in many agricultural and civic organizations. In 1976, the Louisiana Jaycees awarded him the honor of "Outstanding Young Farmer." He was President of the Rapides Parish Farm Bureau, President of the Rapides Cattleman's Association, a lifetime member of the Louisiana Cattleman's Association, and chairman of Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. He was a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders, the LSU Livestock Show Advisory Committee, the Central Louisiana District Livestock Show, the L. F. B. Cotton and Livestock Committees, the 4-H Foundation, Alexandria Jaycees, LSU Alumni and the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation. In 1982, he left farming and entered the investment and commodity brokerage business with A.G. Edwards, Inc. in Alexandria, LA and was named co-manager of the local A.G. Edwards office. He retired from Financial Solutions Group in April 2012. He valued community involvement and made continuous contributions through the Optimist Club, the Chamber of Commerce, CASA, and his church, Emmanuel Baptist. The local chapter of the Optimist Club named him as "Optimist of the Year" in 1998 and 2011. He pursued his lifelong hobby and passion of rodeo and horses with his continued involvement in riding and showing cutting horses. Since 1970, he was a lifetime member of the National Cutting Horse Association. Preceding him in death are his parents, Lucien A. Branch, Sr. and Alice B Townsend Branch of Monroe, LA, and his son, Lucien David Branch of Alexandria, LA. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, RoxAnne W. Branch; son, William Justin Branch; granddaughter, Lydia Townsend Branch; daughter-in-law, Mary Moriarty Branch, all of Alexandria, LA; stepdaughter, Jennifer J. Garcia, husband Chris, and grandson Eddie of Tucson, AZ; stepdaughter, Amanda M. Barré, husband Brad, and grandchildren Wendy and Elliott of Baton Rouge, LA; sister, Kay Branch Culpepper, husband Dr. Lawrence D. Culpepper of Baton Rouge; niece, Amy C. Landreneau and children, Claire, Caroline and Lex of Baton Rouge; nephew, Brett O. Culpepper, wife Kristie and children, Reid and Harris of Baton Rouge. Also first cousin, but like a brother, William "Mac" Atteberry and wife Candace of Mowata, LA, and their daughters Kelly Atteberry of Baton Rouge, and Mandy Bradley and husband, Brent and children, Lauren and John Townsend of Zachary, as well as many much-loved cousins, relatives, and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana with Dr. Chris Thacker officiating. Visitation will be at 1:00pm and a Celebration of Life will be held following the service in the church Weems Fellowship Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Frank Fitzgerald, Dr. Lloyd Godley, Edley Hixson, Jeff Horn, Bart Schmolke, Paul Timm, Jim Turner, and Mike Wells. In lieu of flowers, Lucien asked that you donate to Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Optimist Club of Alexandria, LA, the , or a . Soon before his death he remarked, "One of my greatest joys in life was my family and friends. I had the best of both." To extend online condolences to the Branch family, please visit www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2013
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