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“We're so heartbroken. Can't believe our Carl is gone. He was such a good man. He had the biggest heart of anyone I know. And, boy, did he love to...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Lisa Bryant Bryant - Valdese, NC

“To the Branch family (Haley & Ben Johnson) we send our sincerest condolences. May you find strength, peace and comfort during this difficult time....Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Stan, Margaret and Ryan Giese - NC

“He was a faithful. kind and generous man of continual good cheer with a constant smile and an unlimited love of family and friends. As his brother in...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Tom Terry Sr. - Johnson City, TN

“So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Karen Fleming - Morganton, NC


Mr. Carl Lee "Cherry Picker" Branch, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Blue Ridge Health Care System - Morganton, following a period of declining health.
Carl was born August 13, 1948, in Carter County TN to the late Vestal James Branch and Josephine Anna Humphries. He attended North Laurel Baptist Church. Carl was known by Cherry Picker throughout his CB radio community and loved talking to people, was always friendly, never met a stranger and always enjoyed helping other people.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara and Betty; and brothers, Jack and Bob.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Alexander Branch; daughter, Crystal Chapman and husband Daniel; grandchildren, Tia Dennie and husband Aaron Sr., Daniel Chapman and wife Abby, and Hayley Johnson and husband Ben; great-grandchildren, Ivy-Dawn Dennie, Aaron Dennie Jr., and Baylee Chapman; sister, Louise Terry and husband Tom; brother, Tom Lyle and wife Kay; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Pastor Michael Wakefield officiating.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service.
Memorials may be made to North Laurel Baptist Church at 1942 Laurel St NE, Valdese, NC 28690.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com
Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.

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