Gladys Croom Branch

February 22, 1941 - August 31, 2021
Gladys Croom Branch


Ms. Gladys Croom Branch, was born on February 22, 1941 to the late Pearlie and Margaret Croom, in Bladen county, and went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on August 31, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, completing her journey of 80 years.

A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from the hours of 5:00PM till 7:00PM, at the Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Chapel.

Gladys was a very Godly woman who deeply loved her Lord, which was instilled into her children, grandchildren, and family, including many strangers. Gladys was one of many auxiliary wives who took great pride in supporting all of the men involved, preparing food to help keep their strength strong. Our mama Gladys was also a volunteer auxiliary woman at NHRMC for 14 years, doing her part to help people. Gladys was an extremely patriotic person that loved our military, America, and our American flag. She would not hesitate to stand up and defend. Gladys was a person that enjoyed life and all that went along with it. I must say she was a true Fire-Bug. That was always one of her happiest places to be, sitting and poking and talking around a friendly little fire. Honestly, family, friends, and people in general who knew Gladys or only spoke for the first time were enlighted by an actual princess.

Knowing my mama, she would have me say to each of you how much she loves you and that you will forever be in her heart. To anyone reading this, the importance of you accepting our Lord Jesus Christ into your heart will prepare you for Heaven.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Pearlie Croom, and sister Brenda Croom. Her husband of 58 years, Gerald N. Branch Sr. Gladys, is survived by her children Cheryl Branch, son Nathan, his wife Angie, son Duane, his fiance Catherine Shafor, brother John Charles Croom. Grandchildren Melissa Fink, Jennifer, and husband, Caleb Fanning. Great-grandchildren Chance, Zackery, Emma, and Mason. Several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on 11:00AM, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, with Pastor Arnold Griffin officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband.

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


Service

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
11:00 AM

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

Visitation

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wilmington Funeral Chapel - Directions
1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403
910-791-9099

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  • September 03, 2021
    Martha King says:
    WHAT SPECIAL MEMORIES OF A DEAR FRIEND…….HAPPY ONES, SAD TIMES, JOYFUL TIMES, CHURCH FELLOWSHIP GATHERINGS, AND FUNNY EXCITING EVENTS! WE SURE WILL MISS GLADYS. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS WITH LOVE. AND YOU, PRECIOUS FAMILY, WE LOVE YOU ALL AND ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AS GO THROUGH HONORING YOUR MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER. SHE TRULY LEFT A LEGACY. STAY CLOSE TO GOD AND THINK OF ALL THE GOOD TIMES. MARTHA, ANDREW, AND FAMILY

  • September 04, 2021
    Patricia Croom Bolleia says:
    I will miss my dear and ever sweet cousin, Gladys, so much. We kept in touch on the phone being I live in Jersey. I always looked forward to seeing her even though it was very seldom in the past years. She brought me much joy. I treasure all the beautiful memories, especially our childhood.

  • September 05, 2021
    Landis McDowell says:
    When I first met your dad, and then your mother, I knew almost instantly that they were God's children. Captain Branch was my training officer at Winter Park Volunteer Fire Dept, and your mother always helped with our fund raising projects back in the 1970's and 80's. Both were giving, expecting nothing in return. They were the salt of the earth.

  • September 06, 2021
    John Croom lit a candle:
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  • September 06, 2021
    Marie Croom Natali says:
    May you Rest In Peace dear Cousin, joyful in being reunited with all your loved ones. We shared many, many family memories, especially when we were young on our Grandmother Crooms farm, and at Aunt Beulahs, or when you all would come to New Jersey. Our fathers being brothers were always such a joy to watch as they so treasured time together. I’m grateful for the beautiful family memories, and for the sweet, loving cousin you were. Blessings and Peace!! Your cousin - Marie