Bob died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Grace Hospital. He was born in Burke County on April 15, 1938, and was a son of the late Charles Branch and Fannie Navy Branch. Bobby retired from Broughton Hospital after 20 years of service and was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church. He loved selling his lighters and knives. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Aileen Roper Branch of the home; his daughter, Lori Holland and her husband, Jonathan; grandchildren, Bryson Holland and Kimberly Ott, all of Morganton; a brother, Bill Branch of Lenoir; and sisters, Ruby Dula of Connelly Springs, Jean Greer and her husband, Ray, and Linda Denny and her husband, Pat, all of Lenoir, and Nora Benfield and her husband, Walt, of Morganton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Paul Branch, Fred Branch, and Clingman "Bud" Branch and sisters: Junior Mae Branch Pope, Allie Branch Lambert and a set of infant twins.