Fallen Hero: MSG John F. Branton (Ret)


Funeral Home

Riverwood Family Funeral Services

76 US 51S Brookhaven, Ms


12-2 pm, Thursday, Jan. 18, Riverwood Family Funeral Services


2 pm, Thursday, Jan. 18, Riverwood Family Funeral Services, Brookhaven


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on January 13, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  MSG John F. Branton (Ret), age 54, who served in the MSARNG within the 106th Support Battalion, 31st ROC, and had worked full-time as a MSARNG Recruiter has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. John mobilized with the 106 SB during Desert Storm.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

The funeral service for John Franklin Branton will be 2 p.m., Thursday, January 18, at Riverwood Family with visitation from Noon until the time of service.

Mr. Branton, 54, of Brookhaven, died January 13, 2024, at Lawrence County Hospital. He was born in San Diego, CA, November 7, 1969, to Rossie Franklin Branton, Jr. and Pamela Graham Fickes. John served his country in the United States Army National Guard where he retired after 29 years. He was also sales manager at Atlas-SSI Monticello.

He is preceded in death by his father, Rossie Franklin Branton, Jr. and his grandparents, Rossie Franklin Branton, Sr. and Mary John Moore Branton.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jasmine Owens Branton; children, Ann Kennedy Branton and Ty Franklin Branton; his mother, Pamela Fickes; brothers, Steven Branton and wife, Lisa and their children, Lindsey Branton, Nicholas Branton, and Austin Branton, Joseph Vasquez, and Mike Grant; sister, Deana Grant; two grandchildren, Brenna Branton and Emerson Branton; and his father and mother-in-law, Michael and Lisa Owens; brothers-in-law, Dusty Owens (Heather), Judd Owens (Jennie), Devin Owens (Hayley) and Caleb Owens; and Austin Runnels (Andrew). He is also survived by countless other loving family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Wounded Warriors of Mississippi, 1357 Wade Patrick Rd, Brandon, MS, 39042.