Weatherford Democrat


April 25, 2013

James “Jimmy” Aylett Branch

BROCK – James “Jimmy” Aylett Branch, 63, of Brock, died Monday, April 22, 2013.

A celebration is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Jerry Durant Auditorium in Weatherford High School, 2121 Bethel Road, Weatherford, TX 76087. In memory of Jimmy’s life, the Branch family request that those in attendance of his celebration please wear bright-colored clothing to help them honor and cherish his memory. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Brock Cemetery following the celebration. Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy was born March 29, 1950, in Fort Sill, Okla., to Mildred Marthelle and William Miles Branch. Mr. Branch was a teacher, coach, counselor and principal for Anna ISD, McKinney ISD, Dawson ISD in Welch, Texas, Anton ISD, Woodson ISD, Newcastle ISD, Groom ISD, Brock ISD, Weatherford ISD and Poolville ISD. He was a founding member of the Noodling Club. He was a  member of the Texas High School Coaches Association, Six Man Coaches Association, Texas Association Basketball Coaches and Brock ISD School Board.

Jimmy impacted thousands of students’ lives through his many years and devotion to each school district. While at Brock ISD, he implemented the initiative block schedule that was highly acclaimed by Texas Educators Agency as well as the Academic UIL Program, and helped Brock High School achieve exemplary status multiple consecutive school years. As Jimmy furthered his career he joined the staff at Weatherford ISD in the Ninth Grade Center and the high school, where he created an anti-drug student peer group called “181, No Specifics.”

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Kimberly Branch, of Brock; sons, Rusty Branch and wife, Kari, of Allen, and Spencer Branch and wife, Staci, of Brock; sister, Regina Miles and husband, Ron, of Wilmer; brothers, Billy Branch and wife, Marsha, of Sulphur Springs and L.D. Branch and wife, Marilyn, of Lindale; eight grandchildren, Breeanna, Skylar, Kolby, Kyle, Cason, Stormi, Carson and Cooper; and nine nieces and nephews.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the Jimmy Branch Memorial School Fund at First Financial Bank, 1100 FM 1189, Brock, TX 76066.

Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

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