COLUMBIA -- Gregory Clay Branum, 52, formerly of Sikeston and Cape Girardeau, died Oct. 23, 2007, near East Prairie.
Born Dec. 16, 1954, in Sikeston, to Emma Jean Branum Van Duson who survives of Sikeston and the late Bill Branum, he graduated from Sikeston High School in 1973. He then graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. He was active in farming in Scott and Stoddard counties during his high school and college years and continued after college until March 1981 when he became a congressional aide for the late U.S. Representative Bill Emerson. Following Emerson's death in 1996, he continued his work in the office of U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson as special projects manager. On March 8, 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him to be the Missouri state director for USDA Rural Development, a position he held at the time of his death. Greg was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston, and an avid sportsman with membership in Ducks Unlimited and the NRA. In 2006, he was honored as the recipient of "Outstanding Agriculturalist of the Year," award by Southeast Missouri State University.
On July 24, 1976, he married Jeanie Finley, who survives of the home.
Survivors in addition to his mother and wife include: two daughters and sons-
in-law, Alisa and Brad Haertling of Raleigh, N.C. and Kristin and Tony Riley of Cape Girardeau; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Mary Katherine Branum of Charleston; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Julie and Randy Norman of Judsonia, Ark. and Mona and Rob Porter of Cape Girardeau; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home. in Cape Girardeau where Memorial Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Rev. Grant Gillard, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, will officiate. U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson will serve as eulogist.
Arrangements are under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston and Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing
VFW Foundation 406 West 34th St. Kansas City, MO 64111