Notification Provided by Charles E. Branch
Deceased Poet: John L. Branch, Jr.
Obituary Link: Montgomery Advertiser Obituaries - John Branch
Date Of Birth: 12-11-1933
Date Deceased: 1-1-2018
Age at Death: 84
Cause of Death: Pneumonia related to Myositis
Poet City: Auburn
Poet State: AL
Poet Country: USA
Was a Veteran: Yes Army
Survived By: Brother: Charles E. Branch, class of 1957 Sister-in-law: Tana N. Branch Nieces and Nephews: Virginia Louise Branch, Benjamin C. Branch, Catherine W Caponetto
From John's niece, Virginia: "As a loyal friend and devoted uncle and brother, Dr. Branch will be remembered for his vivid memory and innate gift of gab, as a voracious reader of hardcover books ranging from detective fiction to American political history, as a chronic real estate sleuth, for toggling between TV cooking shows and college football, and for completing the New York Times Sunday crossword in one sitting with a ballpoint pen."
Dr. John L. Branch, Jr, of Auburn, AL, passed away on January 9, 2018, in Opelika, Alabama of pneumonia related to a progressive muscle disease. Dr. Branch was born in Montgomery, Alabama on December 11, 1933., He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. John L. Branch and his mother, Mrs. Louise K. Branch of Montgomery.
Dr. Branch graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1951 and from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, in 1955. He graduated from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1959 and completed a residency at the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
Dr. Branch then served as a U.S. Army flight Surgeon in Wiesbaden, Germany before joining Lockheed Aircraft Company as a medical officer. He eventually retired as the Medical Director of the Marietta, Georgia aircraft plant of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Dr. Branch lived in Atlanta, Georga, and Marietta, Georgia from 1964 to 2013. In December 2013, he moved to Magnolia Cottages in Auburn, Alabama to be near his family. His last residence was Oak Park Nursing Home in Auburn.
Dr. Branch is survived by his brother Charles E. Branch and sister-in-law Tana N. Branch of Auburn, Alabama, his niece Virginia Louise Branch and husband Glenn Buie of Providence, Rhode Island, his nephew Benjamin Charles Branch and wife Ligia Branch of Birmingham, Alabama, and his niece Catherine Branch Caponetto and her husband Robbie Caponetto of Birmingham, Alabama. He is also survived by great nieces and nephews John Evans Branch, Nathan Murphy Branch, Paula Marques Branch, Maren Davis Caponetto, and Nora Evans Caponetto, all of Birmingham, Alabama.
As a loyal friend and devoted uncle and brother, Dr. Branch will be remembered for his vivid memory and innate gift of gab, as a voracious reader of hardcover books ranging from detective fiction to American political history, as a chronic real estate sleuth, for toggling between TV cooking shows and college football, and for completing the New York Times Sunday crossword in one sitting with a ballpoint pen.
A graveside service is scheduled at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama at 12:30 PM on 14, January officiated by the Reverend Robert C. Wisnewski, Jr. of St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery. White Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on Jan. 12, 2018