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Leland Gerald Brannan

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Leland Gerald “Jerry” Brannan, 88, of Jackson, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, at Knollwood Healthcare in Mobile. Born in Jackson on Aug. 28, 1934, Mr. Jerry met the love of his life 65 years ago at the movie theater. He and the young Mary Turk followed the movie with a meal at Ray and Tom’s Restaurant. Six months later, they were married. While he was in the Army, the young couple lived and started their family in Ft. Riley, Kansas, later moving back to the Jackson area, residing in Salitpa. Mrs. Mary said that these were not just good years, but very good years.

Mr. Jerry worked as chief engineer on the Corp of Engineers dredge boat the “Collins” for many years, retiring from the Coffeeville Lock and Dam. He loved to read, fish, and could fix almost anything. He was known for working in his yard and the many fruit trees he was so good at growing.

Members of River Hill Baptist Church, he and Mrs. Mary supported the church ministry in many ways whether it be her cooking for the fellowships or him using his fixit talents to keep the church building problem free. One of Mr. Jerry’s main ministries, though, was inviting and hosting the men of the community each weekday to his shop for coffee and sharing. It is believed that many tall tales were told during these times.

As much as he loved his friends, church and hobbies, he loved his family much more. His wife and children meant the world to him. But, he absolutely adored his granddaughter, Ashley. He would pull her around the yard in her wagon over and over…and he had a big yard!

An even-tempered man, Mr. Jerry was very consistent so everyone knew what to expect from him. His dry sense of humor put everyone at ease around him. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Brannan is survived by his wife, Mary Brannan; son, Steve (Paula) Brannan; daughter, Donna (Matthew) Krukoski; granddaughter, Ashley Harrell; great-grandchildren, Tripp Harrell and Riley Harrell; and his sister, Joycelyn Finch.

Visitation was at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at River Hill Baptist Church in Salitpa; the funeral followed at 2 p.m. Interment was in the church cemetery. Bro. Henry Creel officiated and St. Stephens Funeral Home directed.

Pallbearers were Scotty Finch, Micheal Finch, Harold Hoven, Danny Hoven, JR Harrell and Matthew Krukoski. Honorary pallbearers included the members of the Salitpa Volunteer Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the River Hill Baptist Cemetery fund.

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