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Willie Henry Brandon

 

   

Lie-in-State:
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010
the courtroom at the Rutherford County Courthouse located on The Square in Murfreesboro

Visitation:
11:00 a.m. - 12 noon on Friday, January 8, 2010
Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, 510 Mason Court, Murfreesboro

Funeral:
12 noon on Friday, January 8, 2010
Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, 510 Mason Court, Murfreesboro

Elder Gerald Ogilvie, officiating and Elder Carl Blackman, eulogist:

Interment:
on Friday, January 8, 2010
Wilson Hill Road Cemetery, Readyville, TN

Obituary:
Mr. Willie H. Brandon was born June 12, 1906 and passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Mr. Brandon was a lifelong resident of Rutherford County. He worked as a cook at the old James K. Polk Hotel from 1933 to 1938 and later worked at the City Cafe. He was also a cook at the old Seward Air Force Base, which is now the Smyrna Airport.

Mr. Brandon was a long time and dedicated custodian at the Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro, TN.

Mr. Brandon was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmie Brewer and Charles Brandon and sister, Lizzie Brandon. His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Addie Bell Brandon; daughter, Annie (Kirby) Smith; grandchildren, Regina Stewart, Patricia Morris, Pamela Smith, Mattie Cawl and Donald McKnight and many other relatives and friends.

JANUARY 6, 2010 ARTICLE IN THE MURFREESBORO POST
At age 80, Brandon began custodial duties at the Courthouse. He worked until he was 102 and his health prevented him from working.

His annual birthday party at the Courthouse has long been a public celebration. At his 103th birthday held last June, Brandon attributed his long life to a higher power.

“God let me live,” Brandon said. “I feel fine.”

He spent much of his last birthday celebrating with Rutherford County Commissioners and employees at the Courthouse.

“I love the whole community and God bless them,” Brandon said during his birthday party.

Co-worker Janie Davis worked with Brandon eight years.

“Willie is an icon,” said Davis. “He’s wonderful. He’s absolutely adorable.”

County Mayor Ernest Burgess said Brandon represented a class of people with high character.

“It is so refreshing we have people like that who are loyal, they’re honest, their work ethic is unbelievably strong, their faith in their fellow man and God is astounding and they have an attitude that is so positive that it’s contagious,” Burgess said.

“Mr. Willie’s clarity of mind and memory was remarkable,” the mayor said. “He was able to share many of life’s difficulty in a very constructive and positive way. I was almost in awe of his depth of understanding of what life is all about.”

Brandon felt an urgency to work every day.

“He didn’t want to let up on being a positive, constructive influence in the community,” Burgess said.

As a child, General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon spent time with his cousin, the elder Brandon who came by his family’s house almost every day.

“For a kid, it’s important to treat them with respect,” Judge Brandon said.

The younger Brandon, his brother and father helped Willie Brandon load his hogs and transport the livestock to Nashville for sale. After the sale, the elder Brandon treated the brothers and father to eat all they wanted.

“Nothing was better than a stockyard hamburger,” Judge Brandon said. “Those were some of the best times I ever had.”

The judge has tried to treat his son, Larry Brandon II, with respect by spending time with him.

Willie Brandon had a special bond with Larry Brandon II because he was the oldest and Larry Brandon II was the youngest of the family.

Brandon never got in a hurry and enjoyed his time on his farm.

By his example of working, Brandon was rewarded with a longer life, his cousin said.

At Brandon's last birthday party, County Commissioner Anthony Johnson described Brandon as “walking history.”

When attending commission meetings, Johnson said he often arrived early to visit with Brandon.

“He’d tell me stories of the past,” Johnson said. “He’s definitely a role model for anyone — the way he carries himself. He’s just a gentle giant full of life for his fellow man. It’s an honor to have him as my friend.”<a href="http://www.sandiego-art.org/finished_3column_contact.php">rolex replica watches</a>

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