Floyd Franklin Branson Jr., 85, passed away Feb. 18, 2010, at the Hood River Care Center in Hood River, Ore., with family by his side. Floyd was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Miami, Okla., to Floyd Sr. and Cleo Martin. He was raised in Miami, Okla.
In his youth he worked for his father driving taxi and later for the Goodyear Tire Factory. After high school he attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and played semi-pro baseball while in Oklahoma.
Floyd served our country proudly during World War II in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in various locations, serving as a pharmacist mate.
On Dec. 7, 1943, he married Marcellia Spicer, and to this union were blessed three children, Rena Jo, Elizabeth June and Floyd III. The family moved to Hood River, Ore., where Floyd was a foreman for Martin-Marietta Aluminum plant in The Dalles for 21 years. Marcellia passed away in 1981.
In August 1987 Floyd married Winona Scraper who is affectionately known as “Nokie.” He and Nokie enjoyed each other’s company and spending time with family and friends.
Floyd enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, reading and Sunday drives with Nokie. He and Nokie were active members of Hood River’s First Baptist Church.
Floyd is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 23 years, Winona “Nokie” Branson, of Hood River; three children, Rena Jo Lamm (and Dick) of Knoxville, Tenn., Elizabeth Reardon, of Portland, Ore., and Floyd Branson III (and Laurie), of Hood River; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife and two brothers, Gene and Bob.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in memory of Floyd and sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center.
A service to honor Floyd is planned for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at First Baptist Church of Hood River with a reception to immediately follow. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Parker will officiate and military rites will be performed by the Oregon Honors Team.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to sign the family guest book.
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