On Jan. 9, 2014, Thomas Eliot Branch passed away.

On Jan. 9, 2014, Thomas Eliot Branch passed away.

He was born May 28, 1959. Tommy enjoyed hunting and fishing. He graduated from Port St. Joe High School in 1977. Tommy worked at Raffield Fisheries as a commercial fisherman, and also as a welder. He then went on to college and received a degree and worked as a respiratory therapist.

Tommy is survived by his mother, Nadine Thames Branch; and brothers, Charles Branch and Robert Branch and wife, Cindy.

He was preceded in death by his father, William “Billy” Branch; maternal grandparents, Thelma Pitts and Angus B. Thames; and paternal grandparents, Lilly and William E. Branch. He also is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Holly Hill Funeral Home in Port St. Joe. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Graveside services will follow at Pleasant Rest Cemetery in Overstreet.

Officiating will be Brother David Nichols. Pallbearers will be Harold Branch, Freddie Branch, Freddie E. Branch, Bill Carr, Ramon Perez and Randy Phillips.

In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the National Alliance of the Mental Illness (NAMI), P.O. Box 10642, Panama City, FL 32401. The family would like to extend thanks to all the staff at Bay Medical Center and Covenant Hospice.