I am sure my grandmother is very pleased with the dignity and care given for her final goodbye. The celebration was uplifting and flawless and my family and I will be forever grateful.
October 1, 1930 — March 6, 2019
Raymond Gene Branham, 88, of Mt. Washington, returned to the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Gene was a retired employee of Armour Foods, a member of Salt River Masonic Lodge #180, and Bethany Baptist Church. Raymond Gene Branham, the Life, Legend, and Legacy. Baby Gene was born into a house full of musicians, and picked up his first guitar at a very young age. He was known throughout Mt. Washington for his musical abilities. He frequently performed at churches, festivals, and music shows throughout Bullitt and the surrounding counties. Gene's Place was the hot spot for guitar lessons to young and old alike. Many of the local bands in our community today can attribute their success to Gene. He furthered his career by performing at many jamborees, even as far away as Alaska, and also performed on local TV and radio shows. In addition to Gene's musical abilities, he was the local fish whisperer. Give Gene a worm and a pole and by golly he could catch it. After retiring from Armour Packing Plant, he became the local handy man, if you needed something fixed or painted, he could take care of it and no painting job was too small as he likewise enjoyed painting landscapes with his wife of 66 years. He was quite the well rounded artist, his works including not just painting, but woodworking, carving, and refurbishing guitars and furniture. He was fond of working in his garden and had a passion for observing and interacting with the local wildlife. Gene always had a dollar in his pocket and a smile on his face for the grandkids. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Colleen. Gene is survived by one daughter, Paula Feather (Tim); four sons, Michael (Carla), Robin (Diann), David (Sue), and Tracy Branham; his sister-in-law, Pauline Crenshaw; along with 11 Grandchildren; several grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Saturday at McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home with burial to follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may visit from 12 to 7 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday. Memorial gifts are suggested to Bethany Baptist Church or Hosparus of Louisville.