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BRANNON, Charles Charles (Charlie) N. Brannon passed away at home of CHF (83) on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Born April 27 1931, he was the son of the late James William Brannon and Ruby Mae Nixon Brannon. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Brannon. Charlie was born, raised, educated and worked in Atlanta. He graduated from Brown High School and Georgia Tech where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. He was Captain of the 1949 State Football Champs at Brown High and went on to play in the Orange and two Sugar Bowls in 1951, 1952 (National Championship) and 1953. Charlie taught and coached for 36 years in the Atlanta Public School System while at Southwest, Therrell and Douglass High Schools. Upon retiring in 1990, he continued coaching football at Newton County and Clarkston High Schools for five years. During his career, he never wanted to change careers. He was happy and content working with young people. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ethel D. Brannon their three children, Harold Brannon, Linda Barrett (Greg), Joe Brannon (Kim) and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 5 Dunwoody Park, Suite 118, Atlanta, GA 30338, Mountain Park UMC, 1405 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30087 or Calvin Cove, 2208 East Main Street, Snellville, GA 30078. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 19th in Eternal Hills Chapel with Rev. Charles Robinson officiating. Interment, Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, Noon to 2 pm at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, Snellville, GA 770-972-3155.

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July 13, 2015
Coach Brannon was one of the nicest coaches at Frederick Douglass High and he will be missed. May GOD loves illuminate through the lives you touched.
Tammy Johnson
September 1, 2014
He was great. I wasn't that great in math, but his patient way of teaching helped me learn enough to exempt math when I attended UGA. He and English teacher Nancy Grider, both at Douglass High, were fantastic. Their love for their students transcended race and left me a better person for having known them. Coach Brannon was a great teacher, a great man and a great example to all of us. God bless his family and all those who love him.
Viveca Famber Powell
August 3, 2014
Coach, what great man you were on this earth. God looks down on you and finds it is good. Southwest DeKalb '71. I went to T.H.S. FOR 2 yrs. Steve Elliott.
July 24, 2014
Coach Brannon because of your continual encouragement to try at Geometry. I am an amazing Math Teacher today.I have encouraged my sons and my students as you encouraged me. Thank you for your patience and believing in me. May God Bless and keep your family.
Pat Martin Class of 82'
July 22, 2014
Coach Brannon, I pray that your family knows and understands just how important you were to the students at Douglass. I recall coming across an AJC article on Charlie Brannon written around 1979. This article spoke on alot that we knew about Coach Brannon but it also told us a story that we did not know...that Coach Brannon was assigned to Douglass in 1968 twofold as staffing for a new school and desegregation efforts. We figured that Coach Brannon could have transferred after a few years, but he was still there with us...coaching football and teaching us "Jometry". I have this article in my memory book from high school. I know that the class of 1981 will always hold fond memories for Charlie Brannon. You will be missed.
Audrey Howard Watts
July 22, 2014
It was sad to hear of coach Brannon passing. He was an excellence coach and mentor. I enjoyed playing baseball and football under his coachmen ship. Thank to coach Brannon I was able to attend college on a football scholarship. My condolences goes out to his family. RIP Coach!
Chris Evans c/o 82
July 21, 2014
Coach Brannon was an amazing geometry teacher, but an even better man. The lessons he taught students at Douglass HS, inside and outside the classroom, are forever etched in our memories. We are grateful to have crossed paths with him because he made all of us better for having known him. I know this is a real loss for his blood family, so thank your for sharing your treasure with us.
Sharron Hunter-Rainey
July 21, 2014
My sincere condolences to the Brannon family. Coach Brannon had a strong love for the students and sports teams at Douglass High. He also was a great geometry teacher. A very calm demeaner. He will be surely missed.

Class of 77'
Vernita Renee Clements-Miller
July 21, 2014
He positively touched the lives of so many. Wonderful man, beautiful spirit...may u forever rest in Peace!
Lisa Foster
July 21, 2014
I wanted to send condolences to The Brannon Family. I remember Coach Brannon encouraging and influencing me to always strive for excellent on and off the field. Thanks Coach Brannon. May GOD continue to Bless the Brannon Family.

Lewis Dukes
FDH Class 1978
July 21, 2014
I remember Coach Brannon as a GREAT MATH TEACHER AND COACH at F. Douglass High School! May your family always know that his life truly mattered. His life impacted the lives of so many teens in Atlanta.
FDHS c/o 1972
Brenda Hill Sims
July 21, 2014
Coach Brannon was my geometry teacher at Douglass, and I echo what so many others have said. He was a man of integrity, and honesty that had a gentle way about him. Thank you Brannon family for sharing him with us & may God bless you!
Glenn Arnold
July 20, 2014
Coach Brannon,
You were often thought of and have been discussed in my family for the past several years, as I have suffered dearly trying to get my children to love MATH as much as I did! You were the best and I concur, that you were one of the most patient teachers a student could have. Your were so amusing to our class and we often played silly jokes on you. It was always so much fun to have you allow us to " joke and play" with you. You didn't have to be that way. But it made learning a difficult subject much easier. I often tell my children and young students that I come into contact with, that making an A in your class was the hardest A I had made in High school. May God have a Sweet and peaceful resting place for you. And say hello to my Mom!. My sincere condolences to your wife and children./Tanja Anderson Holsey
Tanja Holsey
July 20, 2014
Coach Brannon could not pronounce 'Charita' so I was Woods for the a whole quarter at Douglass High ...
Thank you so much for being a great motivator!
My condolences to the family.
Charita Woods Humphrey
July 20, 2014
Heard of Coach Brannon's passing and wanted to send me condolences to the family. Sorry I could not be there. I also want to let them know how much he influenced my life. He was not only my Head Football Coach at Douglass HS, but also taught my math class. I learned many life lessons, and always remember that he told me that I should never be afraid to fight for the things that I believed in.
He was a kind man, who allowed us to grow as young men. May God bless and keep Coach Brannon!
Stanley Driskell
FDH Class of 1976
Stanley Driskell
July 20, 2014
Coach Brannon instilled honesty and integrity in the lives of all of his players. He taught us dedication and hard work would always bear good fruit. May your soul rest in peace. You really made a positive difference in my life and the lives of many others.
Michael Toomer
July 20, 2014
I remember the day Coach Brannon taught us the Pythagorean Therom. I asked, "When will I ever use this in my life?" He responded, "probably never, but this is good brain exercise. " I appreciated his honest answer and to this day I still remember that A2 +B2=C2. Thanks for teaching me the power of brain exercising.
Daryl Dixon Class of '77
July 20, 2014
Family of Coach Brannon, I am deeply saddened by this loss and would have been at the service but I am traveling. As I sat in his 10th grade Geometry class, I felt like a complete failure. I could not get it. I often cried while seeking tutoring from him and many upperclassmen and still didn't understand. Coach Brannon and others spent countless hours with me explaining and re explaining. I spent the first test starring at the test paper and unclear what to do. I turned in a blank page with only my name. When I got my psper back I expected to see an F. Instead I had no grade. He told me to makean effort. By the second test I still didn't understand but I decided that coloring the squares with colored pencils was better than doing nothing. This time I got a D. Well by the end of the quarter I was able to understand a little more and eventually got Cs each qusrter. I share this because he had every right based on my lack of performance to fail me repeatedly. Instead, he encouraged me to do better and seek help. I stated in my earlier post that I eventually got a college degree in Math and went on ti Ga Tech. I have tutored countless students in Geometry since then. This was my most painful class at Douglass but I had the most phenomenonal teacher in the world. My own parents were math and science teachers and did not have the patience that he had. RIP Coach. Janis Parker Moore FDH c/o 1981
Janis Moore
July 19, 2014
Coach Brannon taught me Geometry at Douglass High School circa 1979. He made learning easy. My sincerest condolences to his wife and family. He was a great, well-respected teacher.
Deborah Harris
July 19, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Stanley Smith
July 19, 2014
July 19, 2014
Just heard of the passing my condolences to the family. Coach Brannon will always be very special to me as he taught me to never be a quitter in life
Reggie Castleberry
July 19, 2014
Sorry for the loss of a great man, coach and teacher. Your family is in our prayers. Class of 1979
Earl Favors
July 19, 2014
We just learned of Coach Brannon's passing and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I considered it a great privilege to have the opportunity to coach with Coach Brannon at Therrell High School. He was an excellent example of what a coach should be.
Benny Farmer
July 19, 2014
Coach Brannon will always have a place in my hear. He touched me as a young man on how a man should be, Having great work ethics, love others and being true to one's self.
From the Class of 1975 Frederick Douglass High School.
Mark Burrow
July 19, 2014
Deepest feelings to the Brannon family, many great memories of our head football coach at Douglass high school. Such a classy man. Soft spoken, very effective communicator.Dad like coach and teacher. Always will be remembered in my life, for if it weren't for coach Brannon, I certainly wouldn't have become the person I am! Thanks coach Brannon... Jimmy Knowles
Jimmy Knowles
July 19, 2014
My prayers are with the Brannon Family. I had the great opportunity to play baseball and football for Coach Brannon at Douglass. You walked softly and never yelled but we knew your expectations. You have shaped my life sine playing for you. RIP Coach Brannon.
Tony Williams
Douglass Class of 86
Tony Williams
July 19, 2014
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time, truly Charles was a great God-fearing man. Harry Trimble
July 19, 2014
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Coach Brannon touch our lives in a way that we will always remember and appreciate! May God Be with you.

Angela Burrow-Hopkinson (Douglass ' 81)
Vickie Burrow-Johnson (Douglass '80)
Angela Burrow-Hopkinson
July 19, 2014
To the family: Coach Brannon was a great teacher, coach and mentor! He inspired me to be a great man. His quiet demeanor and strong character defined his life! Thanks for believing in me Coach! May you rest in peace!
Stan Sims
July 18, 2014
Whenever I am home and I get an opportunity to drive by FDH, I always think of the faces and the voices of teachers and coaches that had an influence how my life would be shaped and molded. Coach Brannon's voice and demeanor has always been there. To the family: Thank you for being the family he needed so that he could be the great teacher, coach and father figure we all needed. That extra pair of eyes on us, that quiet yet strong spirit that pushed and encouraged us to be... Better. Thank you. Douglass High Class of '76.
William Scott
July 18, 2014
Deepest Sympathy to the Brannon Family. Although I never played for Coach Brannon I played against his teams while at SW-ATl high. He was a Calm,Organized and Effective Coach evidenced by taking his 75-76 team all the way to the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME at Lakewood Stadium.....RIP
Charles Lawrence
July 18, 2014
My condolences to the Brannon family. I remember Coach Brannon as both the football coach at Frederick Douglass High School and as my Geometry teacher. He was a very kind and gentle man in the classroom, and a class act on the football field. Rest in peace Mr. Brannon.
Bridgette Wilson Darden
July 18, 2014
A gentle giant has made his transition. Truly, Coach Brannon was a giant of a man who spoke softly, but got big results. His love for the game of football was only surpassed by his love for his students. I will forever be grateful for the way he held his athletes to academic as well as athletic excellence.
Darryl Tookes
July 18, 2014
To honor a man who was a true disciplinarian, math teacher and football coach. May you rest in peace. Gregory Smith an Claude Gary FDH Class of 1974
July 18, 2014
What a fine man Coach Brannon will be remembered for. Prayers to the family!
Tommy Knight
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon was a wonderful, compassionate teacher, who cared about his students. I was fortunate to have him as my geometry teacher at Therrell High School. Prayers go out to his family at this sad time.
Ann Zivich Bishop
Therrell High School, Class of '68
Ann Bishop
July 18, 2014
My prayers and condolences go out to The Family of Coach Charlie Brannon. He was a Great teacher and coach. I enjoyed playing Football for him at Douglass High School. He is resting in a better place. God Bless!!!!!!!!! Tony Thompson Class of 1985 Frederick Douglass High School.
Tony Thompson
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon will long be remembered for his calm and caring demeanor and as a teacher who truly made a difference in the lives of those he encountered.
Tracey Ellis
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon will be missed. only coach I ever had that didn't have to yell to coach. My prayers will be with family. Southwest High Class of 1965
Dwight Hood
July 18, 2014
He was one of the best math teacher at Douglass
Mary Pasley Clarence
July 18, 2014
Played B Ball for Coach Brannon at Southwest H.S. He always treated everyone fairly and with respect.
Johnny Lee
July 18, 2014
I remember him as a great football coach,
a fine baseball coach and one of the best
men and teachers I have ever met. I wish I had kept in touch with him. I believe he is looking down on us now and smiling. He never looked down on us while he was here.
He was loved by many.
Michael Spradling
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon inspired me both personally and professionally. I learned many valuable lessons in his classroom and on the baseball field. He was truly a blessing to many who tiptoed the halls at Douglass High School.
Greg Cade
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon, was as decent and kind of human being as ever put on this earth. He was thoughtful and considerate of others in every aspect of life. My thoughts are with his family and the many people he touched who will be remembering this gentle man.
Bob Finnell
July 18, 2014
I had Coach Brannon for Geometry at Southwest High School in 1959-1960. I remember that there was no one who ever complained about Coach, either as a teacher or a coach. He was just a great man and mentor. And obviously, from the other comments, it was true wherever he taught. Our prayers are with the family.
Jim Ratzman
July 18, 2014
Someone as special as Coach Charles Brannon will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts forever.
Bernard Strozier
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannen was a kind a patient teacher. There are not many like him in our schools today. God Bless You Coach!
Mary Ann Gillon Harrison, Class of 65
July 18, 2014
You will be miss Coach Brannon RIP!
Samuel Oliver
July 18, 2014
Mr. Charles Brannon was great coach and teacher he going to be miss on behave of class 77.
Bruce McClendon
July 18, 2014
Blessings and peace be with you. Coach was always a kind and caring teacher. His patience with those of us who had a hard time in math was a Godsend. Even after 50 years the memories of him are clear. My prayers are with you.
Lenn Steed Reed, Southwest. '68
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon will definitely be missed. He was a great teacher as well as football coach. May God bless and keep your family.
Kwesi Stukes
July 18, 2014
My sincere condolences to the Brannon family. He will be remembered as a great teacher, coach and man by the many lives he impacted as an educator and mentor.


Anita Rowland
Frederick Douglass High, C/O 80
Anita Rowland
July 18, 2014
Rest in Peace, Coach. Frederick Douglass High Class of 88.
Yolanda Nicholson- Shorthouse
July 18, 2014
RIP you where a great man to all of your players. co 82
Frederick Gresham
July 18, 2014
Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Brannon family. Coach Brannon was a great role model for us on & off the field. He helped us grow from young boys to young men through his leadership. May you rest in peace.
God Bless, Oscar "OD" Dillard(Ga. Runner-Up State Football Champions 1975-1976)& Marie "Cookie" Dillard.
July 18, 2014
Thank God for Coach Brannan. We were all blessed by his support, generosity, advice and resolve. In the classroom, on the field, in life...a teacher. A friend...
Bobby Fuse
July 18, 2014
To the family of Coach Brannon, he was my geometry teacher and football coach. A pure student of the game. He understood how to make his players rise to the challenges on the field which ultimately led to our rising above adversities off the field. He will be truly missed. Quintin Tookes (C/O 1981 Frederick Douglass High School)
Quintin Tookes
July 18, 2014
Throughout Brown Junior High, Boys High and Brown High schools Charlie was the person I most admired and respected. His was a life that should be celebrated by all who knew him.
Jack Mitchell
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon was one of the most respected teachers and coaches in Georgia.
He was a member of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association for many years and his influence on young coaches was only one of his major contributions to high school coaching. He was a true Southern Gentleman and a solid citizen. A good family man, good teacher and a good coach. My prayers and condolences to the family.

God Bless Charlie Brannon,

Ray Broadaway, Retired Executive Director Georgia Athletic Coaches Assn.I
Ray Broadaway
July 18, 2014
I was a kid when Charlie Brannon was playing on that great historic Brown High State Championship team. Many of the players became well known nationally but Charlie was considered the leader. It is highly unusual to read as I did old sports articles describing a seventeen year old boy as now only a great athlete but as one of the finest individuals and leaders the writers had ever seen. It is hard to describe how much of a hero he was to us who were lucky enough to have him as day camp counselor. Above all he stood for effort, honesty and integrity. Even though it as been many years since I have seen him, I still regard him as a hero and one of the greatest men I have known.
July 18, 2014
My prayers are with the family. Rest in peace to the best Trigonometry teacher and coach.
Eric Farmer(C/O 1983 Frederick Douglass High)
July 18, 2014
God bless you Coach. You were such a great role model for me at Southwest High School. May you rest in peace eternally.
Jim Bailey
July 18, 2014
My condolences to the family. Rest in peace Coach Brannon, you are loved and missed. An Astro in the stars.
Pamela Deramus-Heard (CO 1985)
July 18, 2014
May the Family find comfort in good memories. On behalf of the Frederick Douglass High School class of 81, He will always be remembered as a Great coach.
Yolanda Stokes
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannan was a man of integrity and character and I enjoyed him as both a coach and teacher in math. He will always be an Astro. My prayers go out to his family.
Monte Poole
July 18, 2014
We are remembering some of our first neighbors on Clover Street fondly.
Ronnie and Emma Lane
July 18, 2014
With my deepest condolences to the Brannon Family. You are in my prayers. R.I.P. Coach Brannon! Frederick Douglass High C/O 86
Stevette Harris
July 18, 2014
My heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to the Brannon family. May the peace and comfort of Jesus Christ keep you during this time. Coach Brannon was a great teacher on and off the field. Douglass High Astros 1978 Region Champs! Thanks Coach!
A.Van Smith
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon will forever be an Astro. May you rest in peace. Ronald Barnes and Family.
Ronald Barnes
July 18, 2014
To the family of Coach Brannon. He was a wonderful and compassionate Geometry teacher and I learned a lot. He will truly be missed by the Frederick Douglass family.
Lisa Page (Class of 1985)
July 18, 2014
Thank You Coach Brannon and the Brannon Family. Couch Brannon has help shape the lives of thousands of men, including myself. Thanks for your positive attitude and influence.
Skip Jackson
July 18, 2014
My prayer is that GOD gives you peace during your loss. Coach Brannon will definitely be missed. Coach Brannon cared for the students and his football players at Frederick Douglass High and he will be missed. We love you and thanks for devoted time. I know GOD has given you wings which are well deserved.
Tammy Humphries - Johnson
July 18, 2014
Coach Brannon was an inspiration to me at Douglass HS and was the most patient Math teacher I ever had. Despite my personal performance in his Geometry I did get a college degree in Mathematics! & joined his alma mater - Ga Tech. Coach Brannon was a great teacher, leader and coach. Thanks for the impact you had on my life.
Janis Parker Moore
July 18, 2014
My prayers are with the Brannon family at this time. Great coach and teacher. May he rest in peace.
Victor Rogers
July 18, 2014
A Great Geometry teacher. Helped me very much to understand those concepts. I used some of his methods when I was teaching Geometry. He gave Frederick Douglass High School it's first taste of a football championship. A great coach and a great man.
Rest in Peace
Rosco Twiggs
July 18, 2014
My prayers are with the Brannon family. Coach Brannon one of my best Math teachers at Frederick Douglass HS, and a great coach! Thank you Coach and may you rest in peace.

Juanita Willis Momon
Juanita Willis-Momon
July 18, 2014
Thank u coach for always getting on me when I needed most
John Mapp
July 18, 2014
Thank you Coach Brannon for your football coaching and teaching me Geometry at F. Douglass High in Atlanta. You were amazing on and off the field.
Kimberly Sanders Fye
July 18, 2014
My heart felt sympathy and prayers go out to the Brannon family. May the pea ce and comfort of Jesus be with you! Coach Brannon was an awesome man as he taught us on and off the field. Douglass High Astros 1978 Region Champs
A.Van Smith
July 17, 2014
Thoughts and prayers are with you Ethel and your family. Coach Charlie was a very special man. I feel privileged to have met him.
Kathy Mayhew
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