‘Jay’ Branscum


September 7, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Henry “Jay” Branscum, 32, of Cairo, Mo., died in the Line of Duty on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.
He was born May 18, 1979, in Pauls Valley, Okla., to Clifford O. and Irma “Pepper” L. (Sides) Branscum.
On Feb. 14, 2007, he married Kim Darnell.
He was volunteer firefighter in LaHarpe serving as assistant chief and recently moved to the Cairo area and joined the Northeast R-IV Fire Association. Jay achieved his accredited certified nurse’s aide (CNA) certificate in the state of Missouri in 2007. Jay worked for Moberly Pick A Dilly and was recently appointed as the assistant manager.
Survivors include his wife, Kim, stepson, Tyler Chandler, his mother, Irma “Pepper,” stepfather, Michael Weiland, sister, Kimberly Smith, brother, Timothy Branscum, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jay was preceded in death by his father, Clifford, and paternal and maternal grandparents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Timber Lake Christian Church, 1624 Gratz Brown, Moberly, MO 65270. The Family will receive friends from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, Mo., 1479 County Rd. 1675 with full firefighter honors.
Memorials to Jay Branscum Memorial Fund may be sent in care of Bank of Cairo and Moberly, 207 E. Rollins St., Moberly, MO 65270.
Arrangements are under Memorial Funeral Home of Columbia, Mo. Tributes may be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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