Joseph ‘Joe’ Franklin Branson, 67, died unexpectedly at his home in Florida Aug. 24, 2018.
Joe was born Feb. 22, 1951, to Fred and Mary Lynn Branson of Pulaski, Va. He was a graduate of Pulaski High School, Southern Adventist College and Andrews University.
Joe was a dedicated teacher in the public school systems of Pulaski, Va., Beltsville, Md., and Provo, Utah, for over 29 years. He took special pride in helping his students advance their reading and comprehension skills, and worked hard to make each school day special for his students.
Joe was a lifelong member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He was very active in Spring Meadows 7th Day Adventist Church in Sanford, Fla., and in their prison ministry. As an accomplished pianist, Joe was glad to give of his time to play for congregations who needed someone to play the piano when his church was not meeting.
Joe was predeceased by his mother and father, and by his two brothers, Frederick Lynn and Samuel Eugene. He was the remaining member of his immediate family. Joe is survived by two nephews who reside in Germany, and a number of loving cousins who enjoyed his humor and wisdom.
A memorial service is being held at the 7th Day Adventist Church, Pulaski, Va., Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. Burial services are being provided by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.