On Monday, May 15, 2023, at an early hour, Alverta added her last garment to her packed bag when she received her call. She didn’t hesitate and was ready to start her new journey that she had prepared for all her life, packing little by little. So with a smile on her face she peacefully transitioned and is now singing with the “Heavenly Choir”.
Alverta was born on March 9, 1932, in Montross, Virginia to the late Earl Johnson and Pauline Moye. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Robert Branson.
She was educated in the Westmoreland School System, worked in various domestic jobs in the Montross area, and retired from Stratford Hall in Montross Virginia after 25 years of services in Culinary Arts. While working at Stratford Hall, she had the opportunity to meet now deceased Astronaut John Glenn Jr. and Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Alverta was baptized at an early age and became a member of Siloam Baptist Church. She loved God, her church and reading the bible. One of her favorite songs she would lead was, “I Love the Lord.” She was a faithful member of the Senior Choir, JB Lee Gospel Choir, The Combined Choir, Senior Usher Board, Kitchen and Missionary Ministry. She loved preparing food for the youth Sunday School and her love for cooking, especially desserts, led to her providing meals to family, friends, during numerous events at Siloam and at various events in the community.
Alverta loved traveling with her family to various places such as: the Bahamas, the Carolinas, Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Branson, Missouri; Scottsdale, Arizona; San Diego and Hollywood California; Seattle, Washington; Houston, Texas; Orlando and Miami, Florida and Bloomfield, Connecticut to name a few.
Alverta is survived by her two daughters, Marjorie Bernice Adams (James) of Capitol Heights, MD, Rosemary B. Davis (Mell) of Clinton, MD, and son, Robert Edward Branson (Shaaron) of Silver Spring, MD; one grandson, Ramont Adams; three granddaughters, Tonia Rich, Siobhan Gittens (Roberto), Eva Branson; and three great-grandsons, Damian Rich (Kanisha), Brycen Gittens, and Ian Gittens; one great granddaughter, Bria Gittens; one daughter-in-law, Lucy Kelly; one loving sister, Ada Virginia Dickerson, who received her wings two days after Alverta; devoted nieces, Ruby Thompson, Catherine Reed, Coralynn “Polly” Wise, whom she loved as a daughter; devoted nephews, James Wise and Clifton Wise; devoted cousins, Lewis Jackson and Roger Jackson; special cousins: Kelsey Henry, Gladys Reed, Lucille Tate, Rachel Weaver, and Mary Frances Rich; her fur babies Spirit, Jerome, Boss, Simba; and a host of more nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Home going Celebration of Life Service for Alverta Branson will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 12 Noon in the sanctuary of Siloam Baptist Church, 1614 Zacata Road, Montross, Virginia.
Interment will follow in the Siloam Baptist Church Cemetery.
Remains may be viewed from 4PM until 6 PM on Monday, May 22 in the chapel of the WELDON-FISHER FUNERAL HOME and from 10 AM until service time on Tuesday at Siloam Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Siloam Baptist Church.
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