Gerald Nathan Branch, Sr.

October 25, 1941 - December 6, 2020
Gerald Nathan Branch, Sr.

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Mr. Gerald Nathan Branch Sr, 79 of Wilmington, NC went to be with our Lord on Sunday December 6th.

A time of visitation will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 3:00PM till 5:00PM, at Wilmington funeral Chapel.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents James Robert Branch Sr and Sadie Carney Branch, brothers Bobby and Kenneth Branch, sisters Lib Smith and Jennie Lee Thompson.

Gerald is survived by wife Gladys Croom Branch which was married 58 years, daughter Cheryl Branch, Son Nathan his wife Angie, Son Larry Duane, fiancé Kay Shafor, Granddaughters Melissa fink, Jennifer and husband Caleb Fanning, Great Grandchildren Chance, Zackery, Emma and Mason. Several nieces and nephews, brother-in law John Charles Croom and John Wood Jr.

Gerald proudly served in the United States Navy during the Cuban Crisis on the U.S.S. Truckee (AO-147). Gerald was a long time Volunteer Fireman of Winter Park Fire Department which led him to be a Sworn in Deputy during that time. Gerald was a very dedicated man of all things he took part in, whether it be his job or helping a friend. He began his 33 year career with W.R. Grace Chemical Plant missing only 3 days of work through those years. During these years he was chosen to oversee a Chemical Plant being built in Trinidad which put him away from home months at a time. His family has always been so proud of him and always will be. Gerald absolutely Loved Fishing and Hunting.

A huge Thank You to all first responders whom took part in doing everything possible to revive Gerald on this Sunday morning he went to be with our Lord.

A Graveside funeral will be conducted on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:00PM at Greenlawn Memorial Park, in Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.


Friday, December 11, 2020
1:00 PM

Greenlawn Memorial Park - Directions
1311 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
(910) 799-1686


Thursday, December 10, 2020
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • December 08, 2020
    Keith and Terry Smith says:
    Keith and Terry Smith

  • December 08, 2020
    Keith and Terry Smith says:
    I am so sorry to hear this. We always thought alot of him and you. Our prayers are with y'all! You are a great family and I love each of you!

  • December 08, 2020
    Fran Jones says:
    Gladys and family, so sorry to hear about Gerald's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Because of Covid we cannot attend visitation but know we care and wish we could be with you,

  • December 08, 2020
    John C Croom says:
    Gerald, even before he was my brother n law took me as a young man of about 14 fishing, hunting and frogging. He taught me much that my dad was unable to. At the time he was like a big brother. We were in church service when OUR Pastor was interrupted with a message. he then said" all service member are ordered to their duty station by President John Kennedy" no one knew why at the time but this was this was the Cuban Missile Crisis. Gerald and many others immediately got up and left. Gerald a Christian, and American Patriot! NEVER FORGET

  • December 08, 2020
    Gary & Lucy Rowe says:
    We were so sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. I remember fondly of serving with him at WPVFD, and more recently running into him and Gladys at Smithfield's Keeping all the family in our thoughts and prayers.