Roosevelt “Ross” Branham, 80, of Hebron, passed away October 4, 2014, in Columbus, following a brief illness. He was born in Pike County KY, the son of the late Ballinger and Esta Rose (Mars) Branham. Ross worked in asphalt and paving construction for over 45 years. He taught his family the value of hard work and family dedication, and was an outstanding provider for his wife and children.
Ross was a professional bluegrass musician since the age of 8, playing the banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. Most recently, he played with “Caney Creek”. Ross also enjoyed yard sales, flea markets, and fixing up houses.
He is survived by his loving family: Sons, Tony, Michael (Ellyn) and Jeff (Julie) Branham; daughter, Kim (Mike) Knox; sister, Annalee Leedy; his eight grandchildren, Benjamin (Jordan), Matthew (Megan), Holly, Aaron and Mindy Branham, Audrey (Alex), Adam (Ashley) and Amberly Knox; his three great grandchildren, Taylor, Sophia and Knox; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and his special friend, Marilyn Thomas. Extended family includes his sisters and brothersin law Johnny Morrison, Helen Morrison Crum of Virginia, Pearl (Forrest) Hall and Helen Morrison of Pataskala.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Polly; and his seven older sisters.
Funeral services were October 7, 2014, at the Southwest Community Church, (Impact City) Pataskala, with Pastor Thomas Beeman as celebrant. Graveside services were October 8, 2014, in the Kirkersville Cemetery, where Ross was laid to rest next to his wife, Polly.
The family prefers memorials in the form of floral tributes or monetary gifts to the Mount Carmel Foundation in his memory.
Please visit www.hoskinsonfuneral.com to leave a message of condolence for the family or view a video tribute.