Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

February 14, 2014

C.R. “Dick Brannock Sr. 1927-2014

Carman Funeral Home
The Independent

ASHLAND — From the luckiest family on the face of the earth.

Dad was not only our father, our pop, our pap or our papaw, he was our leader.

He was born in the spring of 1927 in Dayton, Ohio, to Keith and Caroline Brannock.

Family and friends truly meant everything to him. He loved life and lived it to the fullest each and every day.

He married the love of his life, his “Mink” in Russell. Living in the back of their little TV repair shop in Portsmouth, Ohio, they began to scratch out a life that has become an inspirational story.

He eventually found what became the second love of his life, flying.

He has been quoted as saying, “It’s the only job he knows where you don’t have to work, but you still get paid.”

He and Mom fought to have a family and established a loving family of four. Caroline and I lived our lives knowing that we were the light of his life. Only to grow brighter by the addition of his grandchildren, Preston, Mickey, Mattie and Sammy; and his great-grandchild, Larkyn.

Dad retired from Ashland Oil and their flight department being held in the highest regard and finished his professional career flying with his friend, Marshall, out of Huntington, W.Va.

To quote dad, “Love is a very complex word.” It can be no stronger than for those that knew our papaw. He was truly a man to emulate. Until we meet again Pop, Daddy, Pap, Papaw.

C.R. “Dick” Brannock Sr., 86, of Ashland, passed from this earthly life Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

Mr. Brannock was born April 26, 1927, in Dayton, to the late Keith Williams and Caroline Richard-Brannock. He was of the Protestant faith and served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Brannock was a retired pilot for Ashland Oil and finished out his professional flying career with his friend, Marshall Reynolds in Huntington. He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge Post 937 F&AM in South Shore as well as a Kentucky colonel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Valentine-Brannock on Feb. 4, 2008; a brother, Keith Williams Brannock Jr.; and a sister, Jane Brannock-Mersereau.

Left behind to cherish his memory is a devoted and loving family including a son and his wife, Charles Richard and Veronika Brannock of Union; a daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Brown of Ashland; a dear friend and companion, Anna Stambaugh; four grandchildren, Preston Brannock, Mickey Brown, Mattie Brown and Sammy Brannock; a great-grandchild, Larkyn Brannock; a brother, George Brannock of Charlottesville, N.C.; as well as many friends and extended family all of whom will miss him dearly.

Funeral services to honor his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods, with Brother Tom Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods with military honors by American Legion Post 93 of Kenova, W.Va.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday by the Masonic Lodge Post 937 F&AM of South Shore.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

Condolences may be left for the family at carmanfuneral.com.