Hazle Boyle Branch

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Hazle Boyle Branch, 101, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017, at Aston Park Health Care Center. Born in Gumberry, NC, Mrs. Branch was a daughter of the late Frank Connley and Fannie Ella Beale Boyle. She was married to Herbert Leon Branch, Sr., who died in 1973 and was also preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers. Mrs. Branch had served as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society for eight years, the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center for 15 years, and Hominy Valley Welfare League for 35 years. She was an active member of Sardis United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, choir member and director and member of the Women's Society. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Ann Thomas of Collinsville, VA; son, Herbert Leon Branch, Jr., (Linda) of Asheville; grandchildren, Elizabeth Suzanne Woolwine (Edward), Blake Fleming Thomas (Joyce); great-grandchildren, Kelsie Nicole Woolwine, Mitchell Ryan Woolwine and Casey Blake Thomas; and step-great-granddaughter, Natalie Gongloff; sister, Betty Hendrix and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Solomon officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sardis United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society. The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff of Aston Park Health Care Center for the loving care they provided to their mother over the years.

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  1. Dear Judity and Herbert,
    Sincere condolences on the death of your mother.
    She was such an influence on me as a young girl and teenager. She actually took me to my first concert and helped me have a love of great music.

    I live in Waynesville now so don’t get to Sardis Church very often.
    Love to you, Virginia (Ginger) Nave Szenas

  2. Dear Judy and Herbert, Sending love and special thoughts and prayers to you on the death of your mother. She was a very special lady and such a wonderful influence on all of us young girls as we were growing up in Sardis Methodist Church.. I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia now, however I have never forgotten how wonderful it was growing up in our safe neighborhoods, the love and guidance of Sardis Church members such as your mother. Love to you and Herbert. .

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