SYLVESTER -- Mr. Hermon Branch, 73, of Cordele died Friday September 21, 2012 at his residence.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 24, 2012 at Banks Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in the Providence Cemetery with Rev. Charles McCardle and Rev. Billy Nipper officiating.

Mr. Branch was born in Worth County on April 8, 1939 to the late Joseph Hansel and Essie V. Wishum Branch. He had lived at Lake Blackshear since 1966. Mr. Branch was formerly employed with St. Regis Paper Company, Champion Paper Company and retired from International Paper Company after 45 years as a forester. He enjoyed hunting and loved his family. Mr. Branch was a member and former deacon of Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda Bettina Privette Branch, of Cordele; son, Fred Hermon Branch, Jr. (Kristy) of Warner Robins; daughter, Mandy Branch of Athens; grandchildren, Scott Taylor Branch and Kaylee Brooke Branch, brother, Joseph M. Branch of Albany.

In addition to his parents Mr. Branch was preceded in death by his sister, Willie Mae Denny.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 10:00 AM until service hour at Banks Funeral Home.

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