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David Vernon Brannon, age 88

David Vernon Brannon

Born May 16, 1933, in Pulaski County, to Elmer Randolph and Lillie Alice (Bomer) Brannon, David passed away March 13, 2022, in North Little Rock, AR.

Raised around the Jacksonville area, he attended all 12 years of school in Jacksonville. He was a proud member of the Class of ’51, where he played football and was nicknamed Bull.

During the Korean Conflict Dave served in the Army. He liked to laugh and recall stories of his service spent mostly in New York City. He was a very proud veteran.

After military duty he returned to Arkansas where he worked a few short-term jobs before finding his “work home” at Redmond Motors, which eventually became Franklin Electric. Beginning as a time clerk, he worked his way to Manager of Engineering and finally to Manager of Human Resources.

One of his proud achievements while working with Franklin Electric was going to Wilburton, OK, and renovating, assembling, and starting up a manufacturing facility there.

After Franklin Electric closed, Dave spent the next few years as HR Director at manufacturing facilities in Des Arc and Brinkley before retiring.

Shortly after retirement, Dave discovered genealogy. It became not just a hobby, but his passion. Not only did he research his immediate blood line but also ever-expanding family ties. His genealogy data base contains upwards of 100,000 names. His research has aided many, many individuals seeking info on their family trees. He regularly received calls from across the U.S. and some foreign countries. Visitors were welcomed from Washington, Virginia, Texas, and several other states. He freely shared his research and has donated volumes to local libraries.

Interest in genealogy led him to cemeteries. This inspired him to, sometimes alone other times with other individuals, inventory and publish books on all the cemeteries in Lonoke County and many in northern Pulaski County. These books are available through the Lonoke County Library System.

For several years, Dave was co-chairman for the Bayou Meto Cemetery. He maintained the records and the cemetery. Several improvements were made during his tenure including the wrought iron fence and the pavilion.

Traveling was much enjoyed. Although Dave visited all fifty states, trips to the northwestern states and Canada were favorites because of the beauty of the mountains and all the wildlife. One trip would hardly end before another was being planned. There was adventure around every corner.

Dave always looked forward to fall. He loved time spent in the Ozark Mountains round the campfire with lifelong deer hunting buddies. And then there was Razorback football! He always hung Razorback flags on the fence in front of the house.

David was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Marie; three step brothers: George, Jearl, and Doyle Dover;  a grandson, Issac Brannon McMahon, and his son-in-law Jimmy Bills. Left to remember and honor him is his wife and soulmate, Anita; five children: Rita (Joe) Atkins of Franklin, TN; Denise (Greg) McMahon of Sherwood, AR; Elise Bills of Savannah, TN; Todd Yates of Lonoke, AR; Brandi (David) Tilghman of Venice, FL. He was Papaw to: Will, Maggie, Ben, Jeremy, Josh, Jayson, Jared, Chance, Hannah, Alicia, Myke, Lauren, Stephen, and Stephanie; Great Grandfather to fifteen and one on the way. Also left are three sisters: Lorene Jones of Little Rock, AR; Lois Douglas of Farmington, NM; and Martha Hardin of Cabot; his first wife, Billie Baker.

Visitation is Wednesday March 16, 2022 from 5pm – 7pm at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, March 17, 2022 11am at Concord Cemetery at 150 Concord Church Road Lonoke, AR. 72086.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.

To view a slideshow of David, please follow the link provided below.


  • Sheilla Covell Shirey Posted March 14, 2022 5:47 PM

    So sorry to hear about Vernon. Praying for the family. Appreciate all the work he did on our family genealogy! Loved seeing him when we would come to Little Rock. He was such a sweet man. Going to be missed!

  • Vickie Rabenstein Posted March 14, 2022 5:55 PM

    So sorry Cuz. Wish I could make it all better. Love you

  • Barbara Mashburn Posted March 14, 2022 8:33 PM

    Sorry for your loss Anita and family, he was one of my favorite people I loved to hear his history stories of Jacksonville, he was always so helpful with his knowledge of Jacksonville history, he will be dearly missed at the Jacksonville Historical Center.

  • Pris Weathers Dodson Posted March 14, 2022 10:40 PM

    Prayers for Anita and the family. Dave was so generous sharing his time and talent and I respected him so much. I’ll never forget the time he gave me directions to what I thought was a cemetery and I landed up at your house! He will be missed!

  • Lisa Ring Posted March 15, 2022 9:19 AM

    Dave was a life-long friend to my father and mother and has been a fixture in my life for as long as I can remember. I have so many wonderful memories of him and its hard to imagine that there will be no more memories to make. I know, though, that there is a reunion in Heaven going on and wish I could sit around and hear some of the stories that will be told! Love you, Anita. God Bless you and keep you in comfort and peace.

  • Donna Corley Posted March 15, 2022 11:42 AM

    Prayers for the family, only knew him for 10 years but felt like he has been a friend of mine for ever. I will miss those long talks about the old timers in Jacksonville. He has so much knowledge about the old times and great people from Jacksonville. Love in Jesus he was a great friend.

  • Lenore Merrell Posted March 15, 2022 11:50 AM

    Denise I am so sorry for your loss. Miss you, Lenore

  • Linda Counts Posted March 15, 2022 5:53 PM

    Sad to hear that Dave has left us. He was always giving his time abs energy to our cemeteries & researching our ancestors. Always a first class guy. RIP Dave!

  • Douglass Family Posted March 15, 2022 8:17 PM

    Anita, Rita, Denise, Elise, and families
    We heard the news about Uncle Vernon. We wanted to let you know we were thinking of you. Despite the pain of loss we hope you are comforted by the many happy memories your shared together. We will miss him. Love to all,
    Jerry & Lois Douglass, Janet & Mike Roddy, Randy Douglass, Renae Bowen, Deanna & Jessie Sandoval.

  • Florence Tiney Burnett Posted March 16, 2022 7:29 AM

    Anita, my prayers are with you and your family. I remember working with David on the various cemeteries with him and Tom Martinet, gathering info for the cemetery books. He will be missed.

  • The Liles Family Posted March 16, 2022 10:17 AM

    Dave will be greatly missed; we appreciated and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with him. His stories, positive outlook and helpful suggestions were first class. Prayers for Anita and the family.

  • DonnaMiles Posted March 16, 2022 2:02 PM

    Anita so sorry to read this. If you need me call

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