James Leroy Branch, 93, died Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland on April 15, 2017. Burial followed in Jessamine Cemetery. A native of Attala County, Mr. Branch had lived in Ridgeland since 1968.

In 1984 he retired as Building Service Supervisor at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center with 15 years of service. He was a U S Navy veteran of World War II and a member of First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Eileen Branch and two grandchildren. Survivors include: sons, James Leonard Branch (Shirley) of Richland, Clifton Sugg Branch of Colorado Springs, CO, and Arthur Lee Branch of Ridgeland; daughters, Janice Branch Tracy (Vance) of Van Alstyne, TX and Wanda Branch Newsome (Billy) of Hazlehurst; 18 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland.