Derwood Newton Brannan

Derwood Newton Brannan

June 24, 1938 – January 26, 2021

ZEBULON – Derwood Newton Brannan, 82, passed away on Tuesday.  He was born in Wake County to the late Woodrow Wilson and Edna Pope Brannan.  He worked in quality control, retiring from Westinghouse.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Lou Martin Brannan and brothers, Ted and Barry Brannan.

He is survived by his three loving sons, Danny Brannan and wife Debbie, Woody Brannan and wife Robin, and Tim Brannan and wife Marcia; brother, Dewey Brannan and wife Pat; four grandchildren, Rondo Brannan, Heather Murray and husband Brandon, Brittany Hight and husband Joshua, Coda Brannan and a step-grandchild, Heather Weaver.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tim Brannan in his current fight with cancer.  Donations can be made directly to Tim at 4616 Derwood Drive, Zebulon, NC  27597.

Funeral service 2pm, Thursday, Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service in the sanctuary.  Masks and social distancing required.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Funeral service will be livestreamed on

Arrangements with Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell.


  • Frances Duvall Posted January 27, 2021 1:46 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.. sending thoughts and prayers. Frances and Melanie

  • Shelia Maxwell Posted January 27, 2021 3:55 pm

    My deepest condolences to the entire family. Keeping all of you in prayer.

  • Bonnie Perry Posted January 27, 2021 6:44 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I pray that you will fill Gods strength during the coming days.

  • Dallas & Tracy Seagraves Posted January 27, 2021 8:06 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers

  • Ronald and Kay Harris Posted January 27, 2021 9:16 pm

    So sorry to hear this,Derwood was a good friend of ours at our workplace. Prayers for you all!

  • Shelia Maxwell Posted January 28, 2021 6:22 am

    Deepest Condolences to the entire family. Praying for all of you.

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  • Angela Melton Posted January 28, 2021 9:27 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have always thought the world of your father. We worked together for many years. My own children would say he looked like their grandpa. He was a wonderful man.

  • Lester Barham Posted January 28, 2021 12:17 pm

    My prayers are with the family..he was a great person and friend

  • Marie Pearce Hinton Posted January 28, 2021 3:39 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful individual, as was Nancy. I have fond memories at Mr. Woodrow and Ms. Edna’s house, seeing your dad and his brothers.

  • Melody M. Brown Posted January 28, 2021 8:53 pm

    Praying for peace and comfort for you all during the days and weeks ahead.

  • Ray Schmitt Posted January 29, 2021 9:13 am

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brannan family.

  • Shannon Scott Posted January 29, 2021 11:47 am

    Praying for a wonderful family. God has used you all to glorify His name most of my life. May His grace comfort and strengthen you to continue. Shannon $ Zelma Scott

  • Mike Chappell Posted January 29, 2021 12:12 pm

    Mr. Brannan was one of my East Wake Bus Drivers after his Westinghouse retirement. He was friendly, personable, and dependable. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. We’ve lost a good man.

  • Hilda Brown Fowler Posted January 31, 2021 12:37 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Derwood’s passing. He and Nancy were two devoted people to family, friends and church. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts will be with you all the days to come. Hilda and Donald Fowler

  • Stacie Pope Self Posted February 1, 2021 1:23 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only had the privilege of spending a little time with Nancy and Derwood, but that time is forever special to me. Derwood was such a sweet and gentle man. I enjoyed my time with them immensely and will always treasure their memories. Praying for your family

  • Gene and Sue Ellen Johnson Posted February 2, 2021 3:18 pm

    We just wanted to let the family know how truly sorry we are for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    • Deborah J Brannan Posted February 4, 2021 8:15 pm

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I have been blessed by both Nancy and Derwood as my in-laws.

  • Deborah J Brannan Posted February 4, 2021 8:11 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Frances for your’s and Melody’s thoughts and prayers. I have been truly blessed with Derwood and Nancy as my inl-aws. Both were truly special.

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