Morris Edward Branigin went to the Son of God in Heaven on April 18, 2018, at the age of 99. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 25 from 5 to 7 pm at the Breeland Funeral Home and Thursday, April 26 from 10 to 11 am at the Canton First Baptist Church. The service will follow at 11 am in the church and burial will be in the Canton Cemetery.
Ed was born in Canton MS July 6, 1918, to Morris Webb Branigin and Lena Boyd Branigin. He grew up on the family farm south of Canton, attended school in Canton, and graduated from Mississippi State in 1940 when he joined the army. Ed and Edith Rice married in 1942, were married for 72 years, and had three sons: Pat, Mike, and James. As an officer in the 22nd Infantry he landed on Normandy on D-Day, was wounded in France, and participated in many campaigns including the St. Lo breakout, the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge, the crossing of the Rhine, and the entry into Berlin. Following the war he returned to Madison County to farm in Madison. In 1956 the family moved to the family farm south of Canton where Ed farmed and worked for Vickers, Inc. in north Jackson as an inspection supervisor until he was in his 80’s. He was saved when he was 10 and was a lifelong member of the Canton First Baptist Church.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; wife, Edith; and son, Pat. He is survived by his sister Mildred B. Tuck of Pascagoula, Nancy Branigin (Pat) of Brandon, James Branigin of Pearl, Mike of Southbury, CT and 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Canton.