Mowbra Glen Branum

Published 12:39 pm Thursday, June 6, 2024

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Mowbra Glen Branum, 93, of Greenville passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, June 4.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 8 at Dunklin Funeral Home with the Reverend David Wood officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. There will not be a graveside service.

Mowbra was born Aug. 2, 1930, in Greenville to John William and Shirlie Newton Branum. He was the youngest of seven children.

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Mowbra was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years Lila Mae Lewis Branum. He was also preceded by his sisters, Maude Delaine Wood, Ruby Wood, Dollohite Pope; brothers, Mack Branum, Rastus Branum, Ray Branum and granddaughter Tabitha Ann Hay. 

He is survived by sisters-in-law Sybil Jones, Dot Duke, Birdie Carr and Dorothy Lewis; daughters Joyce Branum Hay, Alice Branum Alford, son Glenn Branum (Nancy); six grandchildren, Melissa Mathews (Todd), Hunter Hay, Gina Marion (Michael), Barry “BJ” Alford (Missy), Anne Carol Estopinal (Tyler) and Hudson Branum; nine great grandchildren, Hayden Wilson, Lila Grace Wilson, Brandon Tucker, Brittany Tucker, Brianna Totty, Harris Totty, Ethan Alford, Branson Alford and Avery Alford and many nieces and nephews.

Mowbra had to quit school in the 10th grade to help take care of his ailing parents. He married the love of his life, Lila, on Feb. 25, 1952. After a stint in California and in France while he was in the U. S. Army, they returned home to Greenville. Mowbra was employed at the Butler County Road Department for 35 years before retiring in 1995. He and Lila spent over 25 years enjoying retirement.

He was an outstanding carpenter and built the house that he raised his family in. He was the rock of the entire family, and in addition to being Daddy and Granddaddy, he was lovingly known as Uncle Mowbry. He loved the Lord, and that was reflected in his life. He loved working with cows and being in the hay field. And he was a great storyteller and often kept those around him in stitches with stories of his youth.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that anyone consider a contribution to Spring Hill Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

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