Billy James Branson, 81, departed this life on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Randolph Hospital.
Mr. Branson was born in Randolph County on July 30, 1941, son of the late Cecil and Lucy Hutchins Branson. Billy retired after 40 years of service from Collins & Aikman as a quality control personnel. Mr. Branson's greatest love was fishing and spending time outdoors.
In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by his daughter, Toni Cheek; brothers, Robert Branson and Fred Branson; and sister, Vonnie Thomas.
Billy is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lois Smith Branson of the home; brother, Cecil Branson and wife Donna of Asheboro; sister, Carolyn Butts and husband Charlie of Lillington; 3 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Branson will lie in repose on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at Smith & Buckner Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Chatham Memorial Park with Pastor Marcus Wall officiating. Entombment will follow in the park mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.smithbucknerfh.com
Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is serving the Branson family.