Services for Charles Lee Branton, 73, of Canton, are scheduled for 10 am Friday, November 9, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in Canton with Pastor Adam Muckleroy officiating. Interment will be in Haven of Memories.
Mr. Branton passed away surrounded by his family on November 3, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born October 10, 1945 in Dallas to Charles Edward and Dorothy Marie McDaniel Branton.
Charles grew up in Dallas and moved to Canton to start his Freshman year of High School. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Canton. Charles earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. There he met the love of his life, Suezette. They were married on September 9, 1967. Charles and Suezette moved to Austin, Texas shortly after and he began his career at Texas Parks and Wildlife in Austin, Texas. Years later he went to work for Texas Coastal and Marine Council, where he was the Executive Director. He then moved to the Texas Department of Health where he became the Director of Product Safety Division. Charles came back to his roots and retired to Canton in 2003. He loved going to the deer lease with his son-in-laws and grandchildren. He enjoyed working on the family farm here in Canton with his father raising Polled Hereford cattle. He was an avid hunter, gun collector, wicked domino player and had a passion for cigars. Charles and Suezette were recently able to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary last year in Hawaii with his sister and brother-in-law. There he got to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial, where his father served on the USS Utah.
Mr. Branton is preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Dorothy Branton. He is survived by his wife, Suezette, of Canton; daughter, Kerry Lee Huffman and husband, Shane, of Midlothian; daughter, Erin Gay Branton of Buda, Duane Milligan of Dallas and five grandchildren: Kaelan Huffman, Branton Huffman, Mason Milligan, and twins: Madyn and Maxwell Milligan; sister and brother-in-law, Dorinda and John Sims of Midlothian; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers will be Shane Huffman, Branton Huffman, Duane Milligan, Scott Sims, Frank Blanchard and Kevin Reiter.
Visitation will be 6-8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.