Gene Branch

Gene Branch, 62, of Sicily Island, passed from this life on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his home. Services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at New Life Pentecostal Church near Manifest with the Revs. David Poole and Ken Hoots officiating. Interment followed in the Siloam Cemetery of Aimwell under direction of Magnolia Funeral Home of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Bama Young; grandfather, Henry Young; father, J. D. Hardy; mother, Rubye Young Hardy; sister, Dianne Smith; and brothers, Tommy Smith, David Branch and James Hardy. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 41 years, Debra Branch of Sicily Island; daughter, Shaunda Minton and husband Steve; grandchildren, Tommy, Chaznee and Lexie; brothers, Jimmy Smith and wife Mimi, John Hardy, R. L. Hardy and wife Pam and George Hardy and wife Iris; sisters, Sue Hardy Cotten and husband Derwood and Valerie Hardy Poole and husband Dwight; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers were nephews, Chad Sanford, Chis Diamond, James Smith, Logan Branch, London Hardy, Jr., Jacob Hardy and Ethan Cotten. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Minton, Jr., Roger “Fred” Reeves and Jack Coleman.

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