Mr. Marty Branton, age 60, of Nebo, went to be with the Lord due to a tragic accident on Saturday, December 24, 2011. A native of McDowell County, Marty was born February 23, 1951 and was a son of Dixie Lee Reece Branton of Nebo and the late Marvin Edward Branton. He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Marty was full of life and loved to work. He owned and operated McDowell Masonary Company for over 30 years. Marty was currently employed by McDowell Department of Corrections as a correctional officer. He was the founder of Muddy Creek Baptist Church and pastored several churches in his ministry including Oak Grove Baptist Church of Newland, Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, Big Meadows Baptist Church of Crossnore and Laurel Hill Baptist Church of Nebo. Mr. Branton was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Lee Branton.
Left to cherish Mr. Branton’s memory, in addition to his mother, are his wife of forty-one years, Margaret Ann Davis Branton, of the home; two children: Annette Byrd and husband Scott and Joe Bob Branton and wife Amie, all of Nebo; two sisters: Ginger Queen and husband Skipper of Nebo and Jeannie Freeman and husband Don of Black Mountain; six grandchildren: Brooke Hensley, Hailey Hensley, Lilly Byrd, Josie Branton, Isaac Branton, and Ada Lea Branton.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm in Westmoreland Chapel with Revs. Ken Burleson and Harold Webb officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 pm, prior to the service, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Branton Family at P.O. Box 1393, Nebo, N. C. 28761.