James Willie Branch

Born: Sun., Aug. 2, 1942
Died: Sun., Oct. 14, 2012

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James Willie Branch, age 70, of the Greshamville Community, died Sunday, October 14, 2012. A native of Greene County, James Willie was born on August 2, 1942, the son of the late Isaac Webster Branch and Ruby Mae Meeks Branch. He grew up in Greshamville where he attended school and later went to Greensboro High Schools. He married the former Peggy Almand on November 20, 1969. James Willie worked for the Enterprise Aluminum Company in Eatonton, GA as a machinist, retiring in 2000. He was also worked at Madison Health and Rehab in maintenance. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Greshamville. He enjoyed watching TV, riding in his little red truck and drinking coffee with his friends at the Greshamville Mall and the Appalachee Bait Shop. James Willie was a jack of all trades and was good at fixing anything.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Almand Branch of the Greshamville Community; grandson, Jesse Bryant of Eatonton, GA; special nieces, Gail Eaton and husband Verner of Madison, GA and Lisa Milton of Greshamville, GA; cousin, Lou Durden and husband Elbert of Gainesville, GA; brothers-in-law, Sam Almand of Monroe GA and Billy Garrison of Greshamville; sisters-in-law, Linda Almand of Buckhead, GA and Betty Gatlin of Oklahoma; and a lot of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Lynn Bryant.

A Graveside Service will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bill Hayes officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the service at New Hope Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1400 Farmington Road, Madison, GA 30650. The family requests any memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605-3007. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Patsy Sellers Gillespie
   Posted Sun October 14, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear of James Willie's death. We all grew up together in Greshamville. He was a good person, always helpful to anyone in need. He was so kind to everytone, and he did many things to help my parents. He was always there to help. He will be missed, but I'm glad he is not in pain and sickness anymore. My sincerest condolences and thoughts go out to Peggy and all the family.

Charment Bryans
   Posted Mon October 15, 2012
Peggy & Family, So sorry about James Willie. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Joan Carpenter
   Posted Mon October 15, 2012
Mrs. Branch and family,8 I was so sorry to hear of James' passing. We worked at Madison Health and Rehab together in the 80's.He was always so helpful and personable. I am so sorry for your loss. Joan Carpenter

Ottie and Sue Brown
   Posted Mon October 15, 2012
I have many great memories of growing up with Willie at Greshamville. We had some good times playing ball, fishing, wrestling and drinking pepsi (if Wille had any money to buy us one). We walked many miles going to Copelan Creek to swim (skinny dipping - we didn't have a bathing suit). I also enjoyed riding around in "Uncle James's" truck and car. Willie was a good friend and I will miss him.

Susan Whittaker
   Posted Tue October 16, 2012
To the Branch Family: I am so sorry to learn of James Willie's passing. I will always treasure the memories of our childhood days of growing up in the Greshamville community. He will be fondly missed by those of us who grew up together, but the great memories will always be with us. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time.