3/2/1931 – 1/24/2013
Melvin A. “Rass” Branham, age 81, of Gowen, passed on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at United Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 2, 1931 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of Hobart & Mary (Hall) Branham.
On May 20, 1967, he was married to the former Loretta Sizemore and she survives in addition to 3 daughters, Brenda Craigmyle of Grand Rapids, Tina Hansen of Cedar Springs, Teresa Branham of Sevierville, TN, 5 sons, Robert (Marty) Jackson of Cedar Springs, Verne & Barb Branham of Cedar Springs, Tom & Christina Branham of Pigeon Forge, TN, Robert (Bobby) Branham of Grand Rapids and Melvin (MJ) Branham of Sevierville, TN plus 20 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 1 sister, Nadine & Tommy Bagwell of TN, and several nieces and nephews including Pam & Craig Bilski, Karen Holmes, Rita Holmes and Gay (Starr) Holmes.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, several brothers and sisters and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.A longtime resident of the Cedar Springs area, Melvin was a retired tool & die worker.
In keeping with the family’s wishes, cremation will take place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. There will not be any visitation held.
On 1/26/2013 Tina Hansen said:
Dad- I love you and miss you already. It is going to be hard to know that you are not here to see the soon to be new babies. And the kids grow up. But I know that you will be watching over them. I love you dad and miss you.You are in Jesus arms now. Thank you for all the many years We had with you.
On 1/26/2013 Robin Darling said:
Very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Hold onto all those wonderful memories you have of your dad and grandpa. From what I have heard, he was a very unique individual, and I can just see him in Heaven now, strumming his guitar and making a pineapple upside-down cake! God be with you all.
On 1/26/2013 Rita Holmes said:
Aunt Loretta & family you are in my prayers through this very hard & difficult time. We love you. You will be missed Uncle Rass. May you RIP Love Rita,Bryan,Jamie & Sierra Holmes
On 1/27/2013 Ed & Evelyn Kolbe said:
Loretta and family, We are sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed so much the time we spent with you in Tennesee and will always remember Rass for his great musical ability. Even though he is gone, he will not be forgotten. Love from Cousin Ed (Junior) and Wife Evelyn
On 3/7/2013 Cheyenne jackson said:
Im going to miss you so much grandpa…. im really happy i got to see you last year and spend time with and grandma is what so much fun. but your going to be missed by so many people and no ones going to be able to replace you. you have done so many wonderful things in this world. im just glad your in a better place now. I love you <3