William "Bill" Thomas Branam

William “Bill” Thomas Branam, age 90, of Hamilton, MO, passed away on Dec. 3, 2019, in Hamilton. Bill was born on Sept. 17, 1929, in Bucklin, to Charles Franklin and Opal Jan (Davenport) Branam. He graduated from the Gallatin High School. Bill then honorably served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 – 1953.

Bill worked for 42 years in shoe manufacturing. He worked for 17 years with International Shoe Company, and then he worked for Stride Rite Shoe Company for 25 years as the plant superintendent.

Bill was a member of the Hamilton American Legion Post #285 for 65 years, the Masonic Lodge for 64 years, and was an active member of the Hamilton Golf Course.  He loved to golf, play cards, fish, and especially keep track of his two grandsons who were his world. 

Bill was married to Betty Louise Magathan for 51 years and she preceded him in death in 2001. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother, Bob Branam, and sister, Doris McFee.

Survivors include his daughters, Anita Branam of Liberty and Susan (Brent) Henry of Cameron; grandsons, Seth Henry and Blake (Kaylie) Henry, both of Cameron; great-granddaughter, Harper Henry of Cameron; favorite cousin, Kay Folger of Topeka, KS; brother-in-law, Don Magathan; nieces, Cathy Cooper, Barbara Yarbrough and Robin Branam; and nephew, Dan Bridgeman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Bram Funeral Home in Hamilton. A visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 6, at the funeral home. Interment will be at Mt. Ayr Cemetery in Altamont. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Caldwell County Foundation Cancer Assistance Fund (CCFCAF). Arrangements are under the direction of Bram Funeral Home in Hamilton.

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