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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Solman Jerrel “Jerry” Brannen, 74, of Savannah, Georgia, husband of Lonnette McGowan Brannen and owner of Brannen Construction Company, died Saturday morning, October 10, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Glennville, Georgia, he was a son of the late Olney Stephen Brannen and the late Stella Wells Brannen. Jerry was a member of Islands Christian Church. He was a United States Air Force veteran having served in North Africa during the Korean Conflict. Jerry began his construction career in the 1960’s and has owned and operated Brannen Construction Company since 1981.

He was a member of Ancient Landmark Lodge #231 A. & F. M. and the Scottish Rite. Jerry became a member of Alee Shrine Temple in 1978 and was the only person ever chosen twice to be Shriner of the Year, once in 1988 and again in 2005. He was a past president of the Mounted Patrol and the Dune Cat units and was currently serving as treasurer of the Dune Cat unit. Jerry was Chief Aide in 1990 and served on the Aide Corp through 2005. He served on the culinary committee for many years and was chairman numerous times. Jerry was also a member of the Tybee Light Shrine Club and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Court 31.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brian S. Wilder, and a brother, Thurmond Brannen.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years, Lonnette McGowan Brannen of Savannah, Georgia; one daughter, Michelle Barrow and her husband, Bennie, of Ellabell, Georgia; two sons, Stephen Brannen and his wife, Sherry, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, and John L. Wilder and his wife, Carol, of Savannah, Georgia; five grandchildren, Sarah Brannen, Jesse Barrow, Scott Brannen, Josh Barrow and Olivia Wilder; one sister, Esteen Zettler of Savannah, Georgia; one brother, Charles Brannen and his wife, Mary, of Savannah, Georgia, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 o'clock Tuesday evening at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by The Reverend John LaMaison.  Interment will be in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park – East.

Remembrances:  Morris Slotin Fund – c/o Alee Shrine Temple – Post Office Box #14147, Savannah, Georgia 31416.

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  1. Michael, Jessee ,Josie, says:

    Aunt Lonnette,We are so sad with you. We will miss Uncle Jerry so very much. He was such an example for all of us to try to be like. We love you an will keep you in our prayers.

  2. Terri Stafford Jones says:

    Michelle, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I have so many fond memories of spending the night at your house and the Claxton parades that we went to with the Shiner’s. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Evelyn Hagins says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Jerry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Arnold and Dean Conaway says:

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Terrell & Linda says:

    To all the Brannen Family. We are grateful that we were allowed to know Jerry for many years. Jerry was a special friend as we served together in the Air Force.He had a wonderful personality and was kind and generous to every one. We will miss you.Love and prayers.

  6. Larry and Kay Swagert says:

    Brannen Family, Boss Man, was what I always called Mr. Brannen. Other than my father no other man has ever touched my heart and life the way he did. He was way more than a boss, he was a friend, that would listen and that cared for my whole family. All three of my sons got the privelige to work and know this great man as well as my wife. I could talk to him about work or a personal problem and he would always share his knowlege and caring thoughts. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known. I could write a book on all my experiences with the Boss Man, each and every one being special, especially when he would call me and say, do you want to take a ride, each time was a special bonding time together. Lonnette we love you both, and will be praying for your family, just as he would mine.

  7. Jane McIntosh says:

    Lonnette,I was so sorry to hear about Jerry leaving us. He will be missed by so many that loved him. Stay strong, what God brings you to, he will take you through. God Bless you,Jane

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  9. Iris Martin Durrence says:

    Lonnette, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry must have been very special for he married someone very special. My love and thoughts are with you

  10. Melvin R. Chisholm says:

    Jerry was a wonderful man. He took care of my property and always sent the best workers. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly.

  11. Carol Goodwin says:

    Jerry was one of the finest people I have ever met. In today’s world his goodness and sense of fairness and sense of duty go far beyond what is typical. Jerry’s kindness and compassion in helping me restore my little home so that I would have a place to live gave me more peace of mind than words can say. I take special pleasure in the memories of swapping stories about our grandchildren. The Savannah community and its extended communities have lost a faithful servant. Jerry was a special blessing to those whose lives he touched, and we know that heaven is enriched now by his presence.Carol Goodwin

  12. Dicky Williamson says:

    Jerry was a great man and Shriner. I had alot of fun with him doing the boston butts, the haunted house, and all the parades.Going to miss you. Thanks for all you have done. Dicky

  13. mike bauch says:

    Mr B,You will be deeply missed. Thank you for a second career. I have worked with many great leaders – you being one of the best.I will miss our chats and your wisdom.Thank you for taking care of myself and family.May you rest in peace.Mike

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