November 10, 1916 – June 14, 2016
Lessie Parrott Branson was born in Canton (Madison County), Miss. on November 10, 1916. She was the first child born to Gus and Tommie Parrott. Her parents and younger sister Alice Pollard preceded her in death.
At an early age she accepted Christ and joined Crossroads Church of God in Farmhaven, Miss. where she was an active member.
She was united in holy matrimony to Orie Branson in 1937. To this union three children were born. Lessie was a faithful and loving wife for over sixty years. Orie preceded her in death.
Lessie received her formal education in the public schools of Madison County. She received her undergraduate college degree from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. She received her graduate degree from Alabama A & M University in Huntsvilles, Ala.
She spent thirty four years of employment with the Canton Public School System as a teacher and librarian before her retirement.
She loved gardening, shopping, traveling, her home and her family.
She also devoted many years as a caregiver to her mother until she passed away at the age of 100.
Lessie peacefully transitioned on June 14, 2016 at Traditions Nursing Home in Lithonia, Ga., where she has resided since 2008.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Everett (Julia) Branson of Chicago, Ill.; Roger Branson of Kankakee, Ill.; Yvonne Sampson of Decatur, Ga.; One sister, Ora Douglass of Seattle, Wash., and one brother Wade (Juanita) Parrott of Canton, Miss.; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.