Lee Kent Branner

Lee Kent Branner

Birth
Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg City, Virginia, USA
Death 18 Aug 2020 (aged 73)
Charlottesville, Charlottesville City, Virginia, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: Cemetery information was not furnished in his obituary.
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Branner, Lee K., “A heart of gold stopped beating at 2 p.m. (exactly) on August 18, 2020 - Lee’s heart. My heart shattered into a million pieces at 2 p.m. (exactly) August 18, 2020. My one in a million, sweet Lee - gentle, genteel, gentleman husband died the way he lived- surrounded by love!” - Brenda Branner.

Lee K. Branner, 73, of Harrisonburg Va. died at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville Va., after a courageous battle with non-small cell lung cancer that was being treated by the University of Virginia Cancer Center. He was born February 27, 1947, in Harrisonburg Va., and was the youngest son of the late John M. and Geneva R. Branner of Timberville, Va.
Lee lead a life of service and dedication to his family, friends, clients, church and community. His strong work ethic started at a very young age of 3 while working in his father’s business the Farmer’s Egg Market, where his specialty was packing the pee-wee or bantam eggs. Lee was the school mascot for the last graduating class of Timberville High School in 1952.
Lee graduated from Broadway High School in 1965, serving as class treasurer for over 50 years. As a proud Gobbler and a member of the Reunion Committee, he loved planning and attending reunions, keeping him connected to his beloved BHS classmates who had become his lifelong friends.
Lee was a 1968 graduate of National Business College in Roanoke, Va. where he earned a B.A. degree in accounting and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Epsolon fraternity. His penmanship and keen eye for detail produced work papers that remained meticulous throughout his career. While at NBC, he met the love of his life, and since that day they were doing everything together, hand-in-hand. He and Brenda were united in holy matrimony on August 30, 1969.
Lee served in the Virginia Army National Guard from 1968 to 1974, where he met and became friends with many in Fort Dix, N.J., Fort Pickett near Blackstone, Va. and the Armory in Harrisonburg Va.
Lee was an accountant, both public and private, accounting for over 50 years, and most recently as the owner of Lee K. Branner, LLC, an accounting and tax preparation business in Harrisonburg Va. He started his career at SP Hoover & Co., where the opportunity to work with great mentors was influential in his pursuit of learning and establishing his career. Lee strived to give his clients the best service he could while helping them to be successful in their business ventures. He was always interested in the well-being and details of the lives of others and lending a helping hand.
Lee is survived by his loving and devoted wife, soulmate and best friend, Brenda Ardendall Branner, with whom he shared and celebrated over 50 years of wedded bliss. He is survived by his oldest daughter, Mrs. Lisa Branner Stickley and son-in-law, James B. “Jimmy” Stickley, of Richmond, Va. He is also survived by his youngest daughter, Mrs. Amanda Branner Dowling and son-in-law, Adam B. Dowling, of Ashburn, Va.; as well as grandchildren, Carter, Karis, and Brooke, to whom he was Gpa. He was calm and steady, kind, and thoughtful, caring and loving, and always there for us with a hug and his radiant smile. As the best husband, Dad and Gpa, special memories created with him will live in our hearts and we will miss him forever.
In addition, Lee is survived by brothers, J. Robert (Bob) Branner and wife, Melody, and Lanny L. Branner and wife, Phyllis; and many others.
Cancer changed what Lee could do. Cancer changed where Lee could go. Cancer changed what Lee could say. But cancer could not change who he was - a man who gave joy and love to all around him! We celebrate Lee’s life every day, and look forward to celebrating with everyone at a later date, at which time it will be printed in the newspapers and updated on the website of Grande Funeral Home, who was entrusted with the cremation arrangements. Condolences can be expressed on their website at www.grandlefuneralhome.-com.


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  • Created by: Linda Seay
  • Added: 26 Oct 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 217724614
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lee Kent Branner (27 Feb 1947–18 Aug 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 217724614, ; Maintained by Linda Seay (contributor 48808950) Burial Details Unknown, who reports a Cemetery information was not furnished in his obituary..