‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees


Glenwood Cemetery
Wednesday December 16th, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

View Details

Funeral Service

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory
Wednesday December 16th, 2020

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Paul's visitation.

Paul E. Branks "Crawfish"



On the evening of Sunday, December 13, 2020, Mr. Paul Eugene Branks “Crawfish”, age 75, of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, departed to be with the Lord and to join his wife, Barbara in Heaven.  Born in Henderson County, North Carolina on February 10, 1945, he was the son of the late Jim and Mae Shipman Branks. 


Paul is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Rev. Barbara Tolley Branks, who passed away just two days prior to his passing; one brother, Jimmy Branks; and two sisters, Darlene Branks and Peggy Branks.


A man who truly loved God, Paul and his brother in-law, Cecil, owned and operated Glory Train Express Truck where Paul enjoyed driving and traveling.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.


Left to cherish his precious memories, one daughter, Donna Branks Ledford (Greg);  four grandchildren, Charles Creasman (Miranda), Tonya McClure (James), Danyelle Ledford and Charles Ledford; four great grandchildren; one great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


A funeral service to celebrate both Paul and Barbara’s live's will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with Mr. Jim Rhinehart officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the United States Army.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.  Interment will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. 


Those wishing to make a memorial donation in Paul’s memory are asked to consider, the Branks Family, 2170 Rutherford Road, Marion, North Carolina 28752.





To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Paul Branks "Crawfish", please visit our flower store.


Dad, I miss you so very much.I just can't put into words how much I love and miss you 💜💜💜❤️

Donna Ledford Sep 20 2021 9:48 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Branks "Crawfish"

Donna Ledford Sep 20 2021 9:45 PM

I miss you granddaddy I never thought you would go so soon I miss all the times we had together I wish we had more I love you and Grandma sis I will see both of y'all in heaven one day and I'm taking care of mom

Tonya Mcclure1 Sep 20 2021 10:06 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Branks "Crawfish"

Tonya Mcclure1 Sep 20 2021 10:04 AM

A photo was added for Paul E. Branks "Crawfish"

Tonya A Mcclure Sep 20 2021 10:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Branks "Crawfish"

Donna Ledford Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

Daddy I miss you more than anything in the world I cannot ask for advice anymore can't tell you I love you I can't tell you goodnight and goodmorning I can say nothing. I love you Daddy and I'll see you in Heaven, I love you

Donna Ledford Dec 21 2020 12:00 AM

Please know that the staff of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills is thinking of you and your family.
Susan Messer
Bereavement Volunteer

Susan Messer Dec 18 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Branks "Crawfish"

Tonya McClure Dec 15 2020 12:00 AM