July 11, 2002 - May 1, 2022
Joe Eldridge Branch Jr. was born July 11, 2002, in Suffolk, VA to Kathy Branch and the late Joe Branch Sr. He departed this life May 1st, 2022. Joe graduated from Smithfield High School in Smithfield, VA. Joe’s education and life skills were molded over the years by Jill Gwaltney, Mrs. Brittany, and Dever King. Joe graduated with honors June 2021 with a 3.5 GPA. Joe later attended Norfolk State University where he was majoring in Psychology with the goal of becoming a special education teacher. Joe was a freshman in The Norfolk State University Spartan Legion Marching Band. He was a part of the Spartan Guard Section (The O.G's) where he was known as “O.G. Confidential Temptation”. He truly embodied what it meant to be a member of the Spartan Legion. Discipline, Enthusiasm, Hard Work, and Dedication. Joe never missed a day practice or performance. Thanks is given to those who guided, supported, and believed in Joe. Director of bands: William Beathea & Stephanie Sanders, Freshman Advisors(Rookie Parents)- Jacobi Easter & Samantha Butler, Physical Trainer- Melodie Doughty, Coach- Tavaris Edwards, Best friend- Fredrick Smith, Captains- Daquan Postell & Torian Kent and a host of beloved band family, line brothers, and classmates. Joe leaves to cherish his precious memories: his mother Kathy Branch (Thomas) of Smithfield, VA, two sisters and a brother Kanora Dixon (Branch) of Fairfield,CA,Darion Dixon of Fairfield, CA and Kendra King of Carrollton, VA. He also leaves an amazing big brother/mentor Jamal Craig of Portsmouth, VA. Two nieces and a nephew: Alejiah, Jayden, and Kennedi. As well as a Godfather Shaolin Courtney of Smithfield, Va. He also leaves four uncles Kenneth Thomas, James Thomas, Victor Thomas, and Dennis Branch along with a host of other loving great uncles, cousins, friends, barber, teachers, etc. Joe left his mark before his earthly departure whether it’s by singing for you, cooking , drawing, or simply just being there. Joe simply was a loving spirit that could light up a room with that beautiful smile. Words cannot express how deeply he will be missed.
Joe Eldridge Branch Jr. was born July 11, 2002, in Suffolk, VA to Kathy Branch and the late Joe Branch Sr. He departed this life May 1st, 2022. Joe graduated from Smithfield High School in Smithfield, VA. Joe’s education and life skills... View Obituary & Service Information
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