Ottis Dean Branson, 78, died February 28, at his home at Carbon Glow.
A son of the late Joseph C.and Susan Whitaker Branson, he was a former member and past master of the Whitesburg Masonic Lodge #754, and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving are his wife of more than 50 years, Oma Eldridge Branson, and four friends, Hank Hatfield of Letcher, Danny Caudill of Whitesburg, Willard Ashworth of Happy, and Todd Hurt of Hazard.
Funeral services were held March 1 at Everidge Funeral Home in Whitesburg. Burial was in the Branson Cemetery at Letcher.