|Booker T. Branch reflected a high sense of Christian ministry and courage that enhanced and enriched the life of the Louisiana Annual Conference and the people whom he served.
He will be remembered by laity and fellow ministers as a preacher who championed the cause of the rural church as well as those who have been left behind and out of the main stream of our society.
Truly as an apostle of the whole gospel, he matched moral and spiritual insight from scripture, experience and tradition with a love for people and an understanding of God’s will for human life.
Booker T. Branch departed this life on August 19, 1980. He was the son of the late Elsie Kilborne Branch and Oliver Branch both of Clinton, Louisiana.
He was assisted in his work by a gifted beautiful and unusually talented wife and mother, Mrs. Mary Chatman Branch. To this union there was born three brilliant children, Walter B. Branch; Leona Branch McCastle and Estelle Pitts Jennings.
Booker T. Branch was called into the ministry by the later Walter Scott Chinn and received through him his first appointment to the Riley Andrew Methodist Church, Clinton, Louisiana.
During the year of the pastorate Branch served largely the churches in the Clinton area. His ministry extended to the community of Bunkie, Monroe, New Roads, Pine Grove concluding with his last appointment Washington, St. Mark and St. Mark Opelousas, Louisiana.
Booker T. Branch attracted persons to the United Methodist Church through self-giving love and personal devotion to Jesus Christ. He shared his own resources as a good steward of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and was known as an interpreter of the gospel within the context and demands of today’s world.
A builder, a man of tremendous spiritual strength and a loving humanity Booker T. Branch was the builder of a better world. Finally, Booker T. Branch will be remembered for his go-slow pragmatic approach to church and human problems. He saw in preserving the best in tradition and staying open to the “minds of the spirit” a creative solution to church and human problems.
Truly, Booker T. Branch was a servant of Christ and the church and has gone to his eternal and great reward.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 170 By Rev. L. L. Haynes, Jr.|