Lillian King Branson, age 88, passed away Aug. 4, 2013 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
She was a native of Murfreesboro, and educated in Murfreesboro schools. Lillian is the daughter of the late Grace and Albert King Jr., graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and also attended Middle Tennessee State University.
Mrs. Branson was married to Coil Branson, who preceded her in death along with their daughter, Sally Elizabeth Branson; sister, Elizabeth King Smith and great-grandaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Denny. She had been employed by American Red Cross, First United Methodist Church, Rutherford Hospital (now St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital), and the Murfreesboro-Rutherford County Arts and Humanities Council.
She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, Rutherford Hospital Auxilary, Oaklands Association and Friends of Linebaugh Library. She spent all of her adult life teaching Sunday School and for the last 35 years had taught the Adventurers Sunday School class at her church. Lillian served on the Institutional Review Committee at Middle Tennessee Medical Center and The Evergreen Cemetery Board, and also served on the initial Hospice of Murfreesboro Board. For many years Lillian was Chairman of the Prayer Chain at First United Methodist Church. During her later years, she was a prayer volunteer for Guideposts Magazine Prayer Line.
Lillian leaves a son, James King Branson, a daughter, Grace Lizabeth Branson of Murfreesboro; granddaughters, Lillian Jean “Jeannie” (Lloyd) Denny of Beaufont, SC and Jessica Carlyn (David) Ridenhour of Murfreesboro; five great-grandchildren, Gabrielle (Josh) Smotherman of Murfreesboro, Ryan William Denny of Beaufort, SC., Juston Coyle, Jacob Elijah and Jillian Ashley Richardson of Murfreesboro; niece, Nancy Jane Smith of Folly Beach, SC; nephew, Mike Smith of Jacksonville, NC and Patrick (Laura) Smith of Zionsville, Indiana; two great nieces; five great nephews; six great-great nieces; seven great-great nephews and one great-great-grandson, Ezra Smotherman.
The celebration of Mrs. Branson’s life will be at First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, 1:00 PM, Thursday, August 8, 2013, with Rev. Michael O’Bannon officiating. Pallbearers will be great-grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be beloved members of the Adventurers Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 6:00-9:00 PM at First United Methodist Church or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.