Margie Young Branton

Published 7:24 pm Friday, August 7, 2015

Margie Young Branton, 91, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. The oldest of seven children, she was devoted to her family and was a kind, loving, beautiful woman. She especially loved little children. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her life. Her memory will live on forever through the lives of those she touched.

Margie was born in Townsend, Tenn., on June 25, 1924. She met her husband, Grover, in Nansemond County and was married in February of 1947. Before marriage, while Grover fought in World War II, she volunteered at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond and worked for Kodak. Upon marriage she became a member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church and lived in Whaleyville her entire married life. She was active in church and always enjoyed helping with youth events. After raising her family, Margie was an avid volunteer for Suffolk Meals on Wheels and the cancer society. She provided transportation for many Tidewater cancer patients. Most any day she could be found barefoot and working in her yard and garden. She found beauty in all of God’s Earth. Everyone that met Margie loved her.

Margie was born to the late William Arthur Young and Della Mae Jenkins Young. She is predeceased by her husband, Grover, brothers, Harold and Thomas Young, and sister, Velma Ragland.

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Left to cherish her memory are her children; G.C. Branton III and wife, Linda, of Whaleyville; Gail Spivey and husband, Shelton, of Windsor, and Penny Warren, of Yorktown; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Claire Hammond, Josephine McElroy, Norma Waddell and husband, Carlton, all of Richmond; numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express a special thank you to her caregivers, Jill Fair, Teresa Roberson, Jolene Ward, Debbie Young, and especially Cathy Robertson. They were devoted to her.

The family will receive friends at Whaleyville United Methodist Church, 6312 Whaleyville Blvd., on Monday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. with a funeral service immediately following at 2 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Jack Meservey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of Margie’s passions: Whaleyville United Methodist Church, Whaleyville Fire and Rescue, or the American Cancer Society. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at