Andrew Henry Branch

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        On Wednesday, November 3, 2004, Andrew Henry Branch entered into eternal rest. He was born on May 6, 1920 to the late Rosa and Linnie Branch in Powhatan, VA. In 1940, he married Thelma Morris of Goochland. Late in life, Andrew accepted Christ as his personal Savior and joined Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where his nephew, Revell Hicks was Pastor.

        He was a proud, independent man and a loving husband and father. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tease people. As a young man, he enjoyed dancing and attending family gatherings.

        He worked many years as a truck operator for Standard Hauling Company. When he retired, he decided to leave New York and return home to Virginia in 1991. Andrew was a man with many talents. He enjoyed his home and his hobby was fixing things around the house - with duct tape! His cooking skills include hog head cheese, sweet and white potato pies and bread pudding. He was an avid reader and looked forward to receiving magazines and newspapers. He also had a collection of hats - for he always wore a cap or hat.

        He leaves to cherish his memory, Thelma, a loving wife of 64 years; two sons, Sterling Antoine of Brooklyn, NY and Perry Donell of Richmond, VA; daughter-in-law, Hazel and a devoted friend, Valerie Bigger; five grandchildren - Crystal, Anthony, and Shelton of Wilmington, NC; Steven of Brooklyn, NY and Perry Branch, Jr. of Dallas, TX. The great-grandchildren include Ashley Dorsey, Sanavia Boney and Mason Pickett.

        He will be missed by five sisters: Carrie Richardson of Arlington, VA, Marion Miller of New Haven, Conn., Margie Keyes, Tessie Bates and Burlean Harris, all of Powhatan; three brothers-in-law - Robert Harris, Ralph Keyes and Floyd Bates; and one sister-in-law, Edna Brown of Powhatan.

        He will be fondly remembered by his devoted nieces: Florine Bell, Bernice Phillips, Estelle Taylor and Roslyn Hicks, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

"The Broken Chain"

We knew little about the morning that
God would be calling your name
In life we loved you dearly
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you
You did not go alone
For a part of us went with you
The day God called you home

You left us peaceful memories
Your love is still our guide
Though we cannot see you
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same
But as God calls us one by one
The chain will link again.


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