Obituary: Dr. Thurman Earl Brandon Jr.

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Dr. Thurman Earl Brandon Jr.
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Dr. Thurman Earl Brandon, Jr., age 84, of Tuscaloosa, died June 19, 2010, at Hospice of West Alabama. Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa with Dr. Charles M. Durham, Rev. Patrick Laney and Rev. James Goodlet officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Faucett Family Life Center. Skelton Funeral Home of Reform will be directing.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman and Gertrude Brandon of Fairfield, Ala.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marion Powell Brandon; son, John Earl Brandon of Gordo and his daughter Lynn Brandon Johnson and her husband Chuck of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren, Elizabeth Johnson Haley and her husband Heath, and their son Harrison of Tuscaloosa, Walker Brandon of Gordo and Hannah and Brooke Brandon of Tuscaloosa; and his step-granddaughter, Natileigh Nichols of West Point, Miss.

Earl was born on April 29, 1926, in Fairfield, Ala. After attending the University of Alabama, he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After returning, he received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School in 1951 and then served his internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He completed his Pediatric residency at UAB Birmingham. He opened his medical practice in Tuscaloosa in 1954. The following year, Dr. Robert Snow joined him in partnership and together they formed the Children's Medical Center where Dr. Brandon practiced for 35 years. He held numerous positions at DCH Regional Medical Center, including terms as Chief of Staff.

Earl was a member of the Tuscaloosa County Medical Society and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama for 50 years. He was also an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the University of Alabama's College of Community Health Sciences, a branch campus of the University School of Medicine, established in Tuscaloosa in 1972.

For many years Earl Volunteered as a pediatrician in the Junior Welfare Association's Well Baby Clinic; he also helped to procure medical equipment for the Tuscaloosa High School Football team to be used as needed during practices and games.

The First Presbyterian Church was an important part of his life. He served as Deacon, Elder, Chairman of the Endowment Committee and was Chairman of the Building Committee during the three year renovation and construction of the Sunday school and Preschool Building and Family Life Center.

Earl's hobbies were many and varied. He was an avid Alabama sports fan and a world traveler, having visited 87 countries. As an amateur photographer, his photographs won many awards. He mastered the art of needlepoint and counted cross stitch during his time "on call" at the hospital. His finished needlework is detailed enough to be mistaken for a painting, and he donated an especially fine example, "The Last Supper," to First Presbyterian Church, where it hangs today.

Earl's main loves were his family, practicing medicine as a pediatrician, and living in Tuscaloosa. Asked many times what he would change in his life, he said he would change nothing.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Barton, Harvey Edwards, E.C. Brock,Jerry Davis, Bill Owen, Pete Trice and Barney Clement.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Brandon Family Endowment Fund at First Presbyterian Church, the Brandon Family Support Fund for the Rural Medical Scholars Program at the University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870327, Tuscaloosa, Ala, 35487-0327; Hospice of West Alabama; or Caring Days of Pickens County, c/o Town of Gordo, P.O. Box 348, Gordo, Ala., 35466.

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