Dr. Edward Beverly Branch Jr., 79, peacefully passed away the morning of May 28th, 2016 in Clearwater, Fla. with Mary Ette, his loving wife of 48 years at his side, due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.
Born November 4th, 1936 in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of the late Edward Beverly Branch, Sr. and Mary Edna Branch (nee Travis). Dr. Branch received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State College in 1959, a Master's of Education from University of Florida in 1967, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from University of Alberta, Canada in 1976. He enjoyed a fulfilling career helping individuals, couples and families. His most satisfying and challenging moments were when he and Mary Ette opened their home to care for a total of 86 teenagers at Branch-a-Way Farm in Alberta (1977-1987). Throughout the years, he continued to follow many of these children and their children as he did his own. His wisdom and compassion were limitless and the lives he touched cannot possibly be measured.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Live Oak. He was a devoted brother, husband, father, uncle, granddaddy, great granddaddy and true friend. His family and the memories made were everything. He loved to travel and be outdoors, especially the mountains and being on a horse. He was a coach, a poet, an author and an athlete. His gentle spirit and sense of humor was matched only by his enthusiasm and curiosity. In all ways, he was a true Southern Gentleman.
Dr. Branch is survived by his partner in all things, his Wife, Mary Ette Branch (nee Dempsey), his Sister, Susan Travis Branch; six Children, Brad (Jacqui), Donna, Frank (Paula), Cheryl (Allan), Jeff (Elizabeth), Elizabeth (Cory); 14 Grandchildren, Christopher, Nathaniel, Gregory, Shea, Tyler, Alicia, Abbey, Zachary, Jonathon Tyler, Tessa, Chase, Kaitlyn, Lila and Madison; 3 Great-Grandchildren, Rowan, Emma and Lincoln. Daddy, be at peace and know how dearly you are cherished and that your legacy of love continues. Your strength and guidance will be missed.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 3rd at Daniels Funeral Home 1126 Ohio Avenue North, Live Oak, Fla.. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 4th at 11 a.m. at Christ Redeemer Presbyterian Church (formerly, First Presbyterian Church), 421 White Ave, Live Oak, Fla.., followed by a private internment.
Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Please sign the guestbook at www.danielsfuneralhome.com
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, Fla. in charge of arrangements.
Published on May 31, 2016