Widow of Former Missions Director Dies


Grace Williamson Branham, 92 of Springdale passed away on Feb. 4. She was the widow of former BMA of America Missions Director Craig Branham. Bro. Branham pastored churches in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas, including Bethlehem at Greenbrier, Grace at Russellville and Calvary at Heber Springs. He served in many positions in the BMA, including assistant director of Missions for 13 years, director of Missions for 13 years and director of BMA Pastor’s Retirement Fund for over four years.

Grace attended Jacksonville Baptist College, in Jacksonville, Texas; Central Baptist College, in Conway and graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA) in Conway with a degree in education. During her career, she taught at Guy-Perkins Public School, Greenbrier Public School and Pulaski County Special School District.

Survivors include: a son, Clint (Lynn) Branham, Rogers; a daughter, Elaine Councille of Fayetteville; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 9 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Greenbrier, with interment at Bethlehem Cemetery, under the direction of Bishop-Crites Funeral Home of Greenbrier (bishopcritesfuneralhome.com).

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Baptist Missionary Association of America (P.O. Box 1188, Conway, Ark. 72033) or Circle of Life Hospice Springdale (901 Jones Rd., Springdale, Ark. 72762).