Shelby  County  Indiana


Freeman  Family  Funeral  Homes
August 09, 1926 - May 21, 2012
John Edward Branson
          John Edward Branson, 85, of Shelbyville passed away Monday, May 21, 2012 at Waldron Health and Rehab.  Born August 9, 1926, in Shelby County, he was the son of  Orville and Ruth (Davis) Branson.  He married  Barbara Jean Gephart  on June 28, 1947, and she survives.
          Other survivors include his sons,  John Michael (Diane) Branson  of Shelbyville and  Mark Edward (MaryAnn) Branson  of Greenfield; brothers, Robert (Christine) Branson  of Shelby County,  Harold (Rose) Branson  and  Gerald Branson,  both of Shelbyville and  Tom (Judy) Branson  of Morristown; sister,  Dorothy McNeely  of Shelbyville; grandchildren,  Lori Spurling,  Amy Coleman,  Julie Walters,  Jason Branson,  Brian Branson,  Heath Branson  and  Cody Branson; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter,  Brenda Kay Cole; sisters,  Frances Hasecuster  and  Edna May Branson; and a brother, William Branson.
          Mr. Branson retired in 1981 from Allison Transmission with over 30 years of service. He also had repaired telephones for The General telephone company at Morristown in the 1940s and 1950s.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.  Mr. Branson enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and shooting.  He graduated from Morristown High School in 1943.  Mr. Branson was a member of Rays Crossing Christian Union Church.
          Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rays Crossing Christian Union Church, 2115 North 600 East in Shelbyville.  Funeral services will be at 10 am Thursday at the church, with Rev. Gordon Heinrich officiating.  Interment will be in Bennett Cemetery.  Services entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

The  Shelbyville  News
January 31, 2007
Avonelle Branson, 81, of Shelbyville died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at Homeview Center of Franklin in Franklin.
Born Sept. 26, 1925, in Addison Township, Shelby County, d/o  Wallace and  Vivian (Bird) Theobald.
Married Wayne Branson on Oct. 10, 1948, and he survives.
Other survivors:  one daughter, Mary Lou Stickford  (husband, Calvin) of Shelby County;  two sisters, Carris Lucas  (husband, James) of Knox and  Wanda Hohenberger  (husband, George) of Thorntown; one brother, Keith Theobald  (wife, Janice) of Shelbyville; three grandchildren,  Shannon Huffman,  Ryan Stickford  (wife, Dyna) and  Nathan A. Stickford; and two great-grandchildren,  Evan Stickford  and  Miles Pavia.
Preceded in death by her parents.
Lived most of her life in Shelby County.
Food services director for Shelbyville Central Schools for 18 years, retiring in 1977. Prior to that, she had worked at the Veterans Hospital on Cold Springs Road in Indianapolis for 2-1/2 years.
Graduated in 1943 from Shelbyville High School and in 1947 from Purdue University, majoring in dietetics.
Member of Old Union Church, First United Methodist Church and High Hopes Extension Homemakers Club.
Gardener and loved flowers. She also enjoyed doing many different forms of needlework.
Freeman Family Funeral Homes, Carmony-Ewing Broadway Chapel, 232 W. Broadway St., with the Rev. Robert Campbell officiating.
Interment:  Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.
Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 34 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Harold M. Branson, 95, of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004.
Born May 5, 1909, in Shelby County, s/o  Chester E. and Vera Bell (Arbuckle) Branson.  Married Ruth E. Billingley  on Aug. 8, 1934; she preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 2001.
Survivors include one son, Maurice E. Branson  of Shelbyville; two daughters,  Linda Hewitt  of Greenfield and  Sandra Caudill  of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one sister.
Lifelong Shelby County resident.
Truck driver and self-employed with Branson Trucking for many years, retiring in 1990.
Member of Fairland Baptist Church.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.
Fairland Cemetery, in Fairland, with the Rev. Jerry Hogue officiating.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, January 20, 1992
          Lillian Ruth "Granny" Branson,  91, 1019 Meridian St., died Saturday, January 18, 1992 at Heritage Manor.  She was born November 25, 1900 in Shelby County, the daughter of  William and  Ailcy Linville Davis.  She married  Orville Branson,  January 17, 1918 and he preceded her in death on May 10, 1962.  Surviving are daughters,  Mrs. Jack (Frances) Hasecuster  and  Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) McNeely,  both of Shelbyville.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
April 22, 1897
          James B. Branson  died at the residence of his son,  Laaz A. Branson,  in Union township, at 11:40 a.m., April 15, 1897, aged seventy-four years.  He was buried Sunday, April 18, at the Bennett graveyard.  Services at the Little Blue River church at 10:30 a.m. by the Rev. James L. Brown.  D. B. Wilson & Son funeral directors.
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