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Obituary for Neil Brannon

Neil Brannon

ARKOMA – Neil Brannon, 79, of Arkoma, was born Oct. 29, 1940 in Muse to Jewel Dean (Hall) and Ammon James Brannon and passed away Sept. 22, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Funeral services are Friday at 10 a.m. at Evans Chapel with High Priest Sally McGowen officiating.  Interment will follow at Fanshawe Cemetery, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Neil was a lifelong resident of LeFlore County and loved God, his family and people. Neil served in the education field for 41 years. He started his career in Fanshawe as a teacher and coach and ended his career as superintendent of Arkoma Schools. At that time, Neil had the opportunity to serve his people as their state representative for eight years, where he accomplished many things for the people of LeFlore County.

He was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church and served as an elder in the church.  Neil’s great passion was the outdoors, because that’s where he and God could visit through prayer.  He was married to his loving wife, Gail, for 56 years.

Surviving family members are wife, Gail, of the home; one daughter Launa Benson and husband David of Poteau; two granddaughters Breanna Womack and husband Shawn, and Briley Pulley and husband Paul, all of Poteau; three great-grandsons Benson and Brawnson Womack, and Ammon Pulley; sisters-in-law Dawna Brannon of Poteau, June and Andy Weant of Cameron, Norma Semore and Donna McKinney of Poteau; numerous nieces, nephews and family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Barrett and husband Fred of Trona, California; brothers, Bob and Mickey Brannon of Arkoma, Gene Brannon of Trona and Lonnie Brannon of Fanshawe; sister-in-law, Kay Bowlin, of Rison, Arkansas; and brother-in-law, Gordon Semore, of Poteau.

Pallbearers are Bryan Brannon, John Barteis, Russ Semore, Bart Semore, Kenneth Corn, Buck Cauthron and Jerry McAlester.  Honorary pallbearers are Roger Sharp, Austin Morton, Ron Glen, Andy Weant, Bert Corr and Nolen Branscum.

The family will be at the funeral home Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. to visit with friends and family.

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