Ms. Shirley Ann Branch



Roanoke Rapids

Ms. Shirley Ann Branch, 75, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, departed this life on May 15, 2018. She was born to the late Elijah and Emily Branch on May 17, 1942 in Virginia.

She married George W. Purnell. The union was blessed with eight children: Linda Warren, Willie Purnell, Joann Purnell, Kathleen Purnell, Marvin Purnell (Stacy), Caroline Gills (Dennis), Barbara Purnell (James Lashley), and David Purnell (Rosa), all of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

Throughout her life she enjoyed her crossword puzzles, yard sales, watching wrestling, rolling coins, and providing for her family.

In addition to her parents, Elijah and Emily Branch, she was preceded in death by her brother, Waverly Branch and two sisters, Linda Lofand and Annie Royster.

Along with her children, left to cherish her memories are her sisters: Ella Purnell of Weldon, NC, Brenda Horne of Georgia, Gloria Walker, and Cecilia Townsend, all of Virginia; her brothers: Maryland Branch (Pat) and Curtis Branch of Virginia; her grandchildren: Thereasa Bullock, Lisa Bradley, Latasha Johnson, Latoya Webb, Desireé Thomas, Tiera Purnell, Candace Newell (Antonio), Jacqueline Blount, Michael Blount (Tamara), Sanchez Gills, Travis Purnell, Nathaniel Moore, Denisha Gills, Shinik Purnell, Marvin Purnell, Jr., Miles Purnell, Amber Phillips, Braylen Phillips, Demonye Purnell, Dashanay Purnell, and Devonte Purnell; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A Visitation for Ms. Branch will be held from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, with the Funeral Service following the Visitation, beginning at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home, Roanoke Rapids, NC. The Interment will take place immediately after the Service in Manley Family Cemetery, in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 520 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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