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John David ‘Johnny’ Branch, 62, retired from Duke Energy after 37 years’ employment

John David ‘Johnny’ Branch

OCEAN ISLE BEACH — John David “Johnny” Branch, 62, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

Johnny was born in Fort Benning, Georgia, and lived his childhood in Lumberton, North Carolina. He was born Dec. 25, 1957, to Alex Branch (deceased) and beloved mother, Margaret Ann Branch (Baxley) of Lumberton.

He was loved profoundly by his wife, Tracy Branch, married Sept. 3, 2011, in Ocean Isle Beach.

Johnny is survived by his loving stepson, Jerry Raymond III, and his wife, Ashley of Dothan, Alabama; stepdaughter and step-grandchildren, Drew, Logan and Shelby of Florida; brother, Alex Branch Jr., and his wife, Kimberly, and their child, Josh, and great-niece, Aubreigh, of Lumberton; cousin, W.T. Powers, and his wife, Caryl, and their children, Ashley Powers (daughters, Grace and Hailey), Caleb, and his wife, Jennifer, (son, George), all of Lumberton.

Johnny retired after 37 years of service from Duke Energy (Progress Energy/Carolina Power & Light). He was loved by many, many friends and coworkers; they were his extended family. Johnny loved classic cars, golf and throwing bags with dear friends.

Due to current restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John Branch’s name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Share online condolences with the family at White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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