First Posted: 10/30/2009

PILOT MOUNTAIN Anthony Tony Ray Branch, 24, of Pilot Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. Mr. Branch was born in Forsyth County on May 1, 1985, to Timothy Ray Branch and the late Sandra ONeal Branch. Tony was known for his love of music and was in the band MisGiven and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Branch is survived by his parents, Tim and stepmother Lora Marion Branch of Pinnacle; two sons, Devin Anthony Branch of Greensboro and Damon Ray Branch of Pilot Mountain; special friend, Danielle Fowler of Pilot Mountain; maternal grandmother, Edna Lawson Branch of Pilot Mountain; paternal grandmother, Peggy ONeal of Mount Airy; two half sisters, Susan R. ONeal of Raleigh and Taylor Beck of Pilot Mountain; two stepsisters, Jennifer Lora Golding of Mount Airy and Jessica Christina Miller of Edgewater, Fla.; two uncles, David Branch of Pilot Mountain and Jamie ONeal of Mount Airy; one aunt, Janet Branch Soyars of Danville, Va.; and cousin, Shane Branch. Mr. Branch was preceded in death by his mother; and grandfathers, Edward Ray Branch and James ONeal. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Cox-Needham Chapel at 2 p.m. with Bro. Don Collins officiating with interment to follow in the Whitaker Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Cox-Needham Funeral Home. Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain is assisting the Branch family.

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