Paul Monroe Branum

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  • "Dear Collett-I would like to express my sincere condolence..."
    - Ronnie Tyler
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    - Coleen Montgomery
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Edwards Funeral Home
201 North 12th Street
Fort Smith, AR
Celebration of Life
Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
3:00 PM
Methodist Village
Fort Smith, AR
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Paul Monroe Branum of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away peacefully January 4, 2019 at age 82.

Born February 16, 1936 in Vinita, Oklahoma, Paul was the sixth of seven children of James Madison Branum and Gladys Mae Toler Branum.

He excelled in sports at Holdenville High School (OK) and he chose to take his talents to Murray State College (OK) and Austin College (TX). Paul graduated from Austin College and earned his Masters from East Texas State.

In 1959, he married the love of his life, and wife of 59 years, Nicolette Brown of London, England.

Paul's passion was coaching football. He coached the first integrated high school football team in east Texas, and spent over 20 years coaching on the only sand football field in America at Trona, CA. His coaching career spanned 6 decades and influenced many lives. From his dust bowl roots, he was able to instill strength and resilience into generations of young athletes.

He retired to Emory, Texas, in 2003, and eventually moved to Fort Smith to be closer to grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Nicolette. His brother James and sister Beverly. 3 sons, Paul, Russ, and David, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday 3pm at Methodist Village in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Flowers will be shared profusely amongst patients and staff.

Arrangements are under the direction of Edwards Funeral home.

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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 10, 2019
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