Gerald Nathan Branch, Sr.

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

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 09, 2020
    Eddie and Christy Roberts says:
    Mrs. Branch and family, We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Branch’s passing. Praise the Lord that we WILL see him again in Heaven one day. Eddie and I think a lot of both of you. We have so many good memories. We are praying for the family.

  • December 09, 2020
    Patty Kinston says:
    Thinking of you Mrs. Branch and the rest of the family and wishing you moments of peace and comfort during this difficult time. I will always cherish the good memories that the three of us had over the years including going to our favorite restaurant, Olive Garden, and eating our favorite soup. I am so sorry for your loss and he will be greatly missed. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. May God bless you.

  • December 09, 2020
    bessie ingram casey says:
    I knew Gerald all my life. We went to school together and he lived near my folks. He was a very sweet person and he found true love with Gladys...Love to you Gladys and I pray for your family

  • December 10, 2020
    Brad Bruestle says:
    Gerald was truly the definition of a Southern Gentleman and I always looked up to him with the utmost respect. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him and I shall cherish all of my memories of him and the Branch family in my younger days growing up in the old neighborhood. My deepest condolences to the Branch family with continued thoughts and prayers from all of the Bruestle family.

  • December 11, 2020
    sylvia stoudenmire says:
    our families grew up together and were neighbors after I was married. my children dearly loved Gerald and Gladys. he will be missed