Brannon, Charles

Charles N. Brannon, 85, of Claude, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, in Amarillo.

He was born Sept. 18, 1920, to Charlie and Leona Brannon. He attended High School in Pyron, Texas. He married Maxine Lee on Oct. 29, 1938. He served as a foot soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. He worked as a general contractor in Portales until 1965, when he went to work for Eastern New Mexico University. He retired from ENMU in 1990, as the head carpenter. He and his wife moved to Claude in 2003 to be closer to the family.

Family members said he loved to fish and hunt, was a talented craftsman, and enjoyed making gifts for his family.

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Claude.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Merlene Brannon; a granddaughter, Angela Smith; two sisters, Cecil Marie Coates and Mary Martha Brannon; and a brother Clinton Brannon.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Karen Smith (and husband, Jim) of Amarillo; two sons, Quincey Brannon (Shirley) of Amarillo) and Troy Brannon of Amarillo; a sister, Zonell West of Snyder, Texas; two brothers, J.W. Brannon (Vera) of Wasilla, Alaska, Aubrey Brannon (Janette) of Burleson, Texas; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home of Amarillo