Charles E. Branson, age 81, of Branson, passed away Friday, July 2, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, after a long illness. He was born October 25, 1928, in Hughesville, to Sidney and Bertha (Roark) Branson. He was a former member of Memorial Baptist Church and served as a Deacon there for 25 years in Jefferson City and is currently a member of the Victor Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. United States Army during the Korean War. Charles worked for Kroger Grocery for 25 years in Jefferson City and 12 years at Mountain Country Grocery in Lakeview, retiring in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie J Branson of Branson; son, Larry R. Branson and wife Pat of Wardsville; daughter, Pamela J. Carmichael and husband Bob of Topeka, Kan.; step-daughters, Debbie D. Harmon of Ridgedale and Pam S. Harmon of Branson; two grandsons, Derek and Jason Carmichael; two granddaughters, Stefani Schweikert and Amy Burkholder; two great-granddaughters, Brooke and Madisen Schweikert; a brother, Sidney E. Branson and wife Beverly of St. Charles; and three sisters, Freda M. Bryan of Warrenton, JoAnn Wolfe and husband Don of St. Charles, and Retha Siegler and husband Dwain of Belle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Bertha (Roark) Branson; three brothers, Clayton Branson, Clifford Branson and James Branson; and two half-sisters, Vaneda Branson and Ona Branson. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at Victor Baptist Church, Branson, with Rev. Kenny Robinette officiating. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Slagle Cemetery, Bolivar. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at Greenlawn Funeral Home Branson. Services have been entrusted to Greenlawn Funeral Home Branson, Branson. Please visit our website at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences.