|Birth: ||May 19, 1921|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2010|
Allen F. Branch - SAVANNAH - Allen F. Branch, 88, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Candler Hospital. Mr. Branch was a native of Jesup, Georgia and had lived in Savannah, where he met his late wife, Katherine "Kitty" Branch while she was employed as an usherette at the Lucas Theater. Branch moved his family from Savannah to Colonel's Island in 1951. He lived for his kids and family, but he also lived for the rivers and oceans in our community. Mr. Branch owned and operated one of the first marinas on Colonel's Island, Branch's Marina, known now as the Half Moon Marina, which began Mr. Branches living legacy. During Mr. Branches thirty years of ownership, he realized the need for conservationism. In 1976, Congress formed a four-state council to prevent over-fishing by foreign and domestic ships within 200 miles of the Atlantic Coast. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council consisted of 13 members representing Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Branch served as the council's vice chairman in 1981-1982 and the chairman in 1982-1983.As the councilman representing Georgia, Mr. Branch worked diligently toward legislation and resolutions that would be fair to both commercial and recreational fishermen. While chairman, he formed the Law Enforcement and the Environmental Protection Committee. He helped locate and develop new fishing grounds for speckled trout and other species of game fish and consulted with various agencies in the development of oyster beds and pollution control. His marina was used by the University of Georgia for research and by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for game management. He also aided the county rescue unit and worked with the U.S. Coast Guard helping stranded boaters from Sapelo Sound to Bear River. In August 1994, Mr. Branch retired from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council after completing six consecutive terms, thereby becoming the longest serving council member in the nation. In tradition, his son, Donnie "Tight Line Jr." has taken over his column keeping up on local fishing news. In addition to his parents and siblings, his son Bobby Branch and grandson, Joey Hall, Jr. preceded him in death. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Allen Ramsey and son, Donnie Branch all of Colonels Island; daughter-in-law, Becky Branch of Brunswick, GA; sisters-in-law, Margaret Lamb of Anderson, SC and Juanita Strickland of Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Allen Hall, Rodney Hall, Leah and Col. (Ret) Chip Martin, Robbie Branch, Lee Branch and Geoffery Branch and special nieces and nephew, Bill and Betty Smith and Mary Ellen Dawkins. Eight Great Grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and other relatives also survive. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Dorchester Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dorchester Civic Center, 1804 Islands Hwy., Midway, GA 31320 or the Midway United Methodist Church, 215 Martin Road, Midway, GA 31320. His children, their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren will dearly miss the times at the coast with "Miss Kitty" and "Ole Tight Line". Carter Funeral Home Oglethorpe Chapel www.carteroglethorpe.com Savannah Morning News March 5, 2010 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries .
Published in Savannah Morning News on March 5, 2010
Katherine Ann Strickland Branch (1920 - 2009)*
Created by: Bill Waters
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
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