Obituary for Jessie Branscum

POTEAU--Jessie Branscum, 88, of Poteau passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Fort Smith, Arkansas and was born Aug. 5, 1930 in Shawmut, Arkansas to Otis and Cora (Wright) Cox. 

Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.  Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.  Jessie was raised in a small country home in Shawmut. She was 8-years-old when her mother passed away.  She had a hard but fulfilling childhood, helping her family survive through the depression years with whatever opportunities came along in the Ozark hills. Those included traveling to the fields to pick apples, tomatoes, whatever was in season for an itinerant picker. 

Jessie met her first husband, Floyd Butler, in McAlester while working at a sanatorium. They married Nov. 22, 1948 and were married 23 years until his death. Family was most important in her life. She looked forward to the Cox family reunion in Murfreesboro, Arkansas every year. She was very close to her brothers and sisters.  

She believed God and family came first. Jessie married her second husband, Albert Branscum, Jan. 3, 1973, again married 23 years until his death in 1996. Albert and Jessie moved back to Poteau from Tahlequah in the 1970s to retire. They loved the Poteau and Fanshawe area of Oklahoma. They enjoyed the wonderful distant view of Cavanal from their home; the view was always framed with the variety of beautiful flowers that Jessie loved to grow. She was always happy to share cuttings and growing tips. Jessie was a full-time homemaker, mother and grandmother. 

She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed planning and preparing food for family and friends. Jessie was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Flora Cox; husbands Floyd Butler and Albert Branscum; brothers Bernis Cox and Roy Cox.

She is survived by her daughter, Vickie Butler; grandson, Kalib Butler; brother, Basel Cox; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and John Pike; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. to visit with family and friends.


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