James “Jim” Lee Branch, 79, of Statesville, N.C., passed away, January 16, 2023 at his residence.

Jim was born July 3, 1943, in Iredell County and was the son of the late James Otis Branch and Zelda Redmond Branch. He was a graduate of Iredell County schools and on June 29, 1962, he married the love of his life, Loretta Englebert Branch. Together they were members of New Salem United Methodist Church. He previously worked for Rental Uniform. Jim also volunteered with the Cool Springs Fire Department and also was a special deputy with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. Jim loved playing golf and going camping with his family.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Jim is survived by one daughter, Janet Cartner (Bobby) of Harmony; one son, Scott Branch (Susan) of Olin; one granddaughter, Taylor Ladd (Luin); three grandsons, Matthew Cartner (Alexandra), Justin Branch (Ashley), and Ethan Branch; and a special cousin, Selena Goodin (Dennis).

A celebration of life service and visitation will be held at a later date. Details will be available on the Troutman Funeral Home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gordon Hospice House. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com.

Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family.

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