YADKINVILLE — Mr. William Eugene "Gene" Branon Sr., of Eisenhower Street, passed away peacefully Monday, March 31, 2014, at Yadkin Valley Community Hospital, while surrounded by his loving family. "Gene," as he was lovingly known, was born Aug. 13, 1940, in Forsyth County to the late William Samuel and Myrtle Young Branon. He lived a life of service to others and was always trying to improve life for the community. In his earlier years, Mr. Branon earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, and was an American Legion baseball player. He became a faithful member of Yadkinville Volunteer Fire Department, where he served the department over 40 years. While a member, he served as a fire instructor, fire marshal, assistant fire chief and fire chief. He was a driving force for Yadkin County E.M.T. Certification of members. Gene was a leader of Troop 655 Boy Scouts of America, baseball coach for the Yadkinville Cardinals, founding and active member of Maplewood Baptist Church, and served as a commissioner for the town of Yadkinville several terms. He retired with 35 years of service from Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation, now known as YadTel, and was a pilot for mission "Angel Flight." In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ken Norman; and his grandson, "Little Bean" Branon. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Chiquita Smith Branon of the home; children, Julia Norman, William Eugene "Gene" Branon Jr., John (Heather) Branon, Megan (David) Vogler, Isaac Branon; stepchildren, Wesly (Yulanda) Turner, Allison (Brian) Longworth; grandchildren, Kerry Norman, Krendle (PFC William G.) Watts, Lillian Vogler, Lucas Vogler, Lorelei Vogler, Chase Branon, Elin Branon, Sumer Longworth, Amber (Chris) Jackson, Brandon Smallwood; and great-grandchild, Austin Smallwood. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. His funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Peace Haven Baptist Church by the Rev. Jimmy Lancaster, the Rev. Jon Bowman and Gordon May. Burial with honors will follow in Yadkin Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Education Fund of Isaac Branon, c/o Capital Bank, P.O. Box 2149, Yadkinville, NC 27055. Gentry Family Funeral Service of Yadkinville is serving the Branon family. Online condolences may be made to www.gentryfuneralservice.com.