14-May-1913 -- 28-Feb-2006
Funeral services for Paul M. Branom, age 92, of Cumby, Texas, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Tapp Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Howard Strickland officiating. Burial followed in the Miller Grove Cemetery with Don Oatman, Al Migl, Gary Laxon, Johnny L. Lennon, Rex L. Lennon, and Tim E. Wilson serving as pallbearers. Marjean L. Stotts served as an honorary pallbearer.
Paul M. Branom was born May 14, 1913 in the Palestine Community of Hopkins County, the son of John Claude and Lula Bird Branom. He married Rachael Randall in Loraine, Texas in 1935. Mrs. Branom preceded him in death in 1986.
Mr. Branom passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006 in Houston at the home of his son, Ronald Branom.
Mr. Branom was a retired high school band director with a Masters Degree of Musical Education. His influence as a music teacher and his love of music influenced many of his students to become band directors themselves. Mr. Branom served as band Director in Loraine, Grand Falls, Monahans, Seminole and Lubbock. He taught in Lubbock for 30 years.
He was a member of the Methodist Church in Cumby. He served in the United States Army Band during World War II. He was a founding member of Phi Beta Mu, an honorary music fraternity and was inducted into the Band Directors Hall of Fame in San Antonio in late 1980.
In honor of his military service the Hopkins County Military Coalition conducted military graveside rites.
Paul Branom is survived by his son, Ronald Paul Branom, of Houston; one sister, Genoah Branom Knowles of Point, Texas; grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn Branom, of Dallas and Victoria Mae Branom of College Station; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, as well friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margueritte Branom Lennon and Lula Mae Branom Wilson.
The family received friends after services at the home of Genoah Branom Knowles residence in Point, Texas.
From Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame
Paul Branom was born in Cumby, Texas in 1913. He later moved to Lubbock, Texas where he finished high school at Lubbock High in 1931. He received his B.S. in Education from East Texas State in 1935, and later received his Masters of Education plus forty hours on a doctorate from Texas Tech. His first band job was at Loraine, Texas where J. W. King and his brother, Melvin, were members of the band. He later taught at Levelland, Grandfalls, and Monahans. He was about to start his second year at Monahans when Uncle Sam sent him greetings. He played in the South Plains Glider School band in Lubbock until he was transferred to New Haven, Conn. He later was transferred to Boston where he spent the rest of the war period playing parades, hospitals etc.
Paul resumed his teaching career after the war in Seminole, Texas, and then moved to Lubbock in the late forty's where he became band director at Lubbock High School. His 1954 band won the outstanding band award at the Enid Tri-State Music Festival.
The Lubbock High bands received many awards and honor's under the direction of Paul Branom.
Paul was an active member of TMEA, TBA, and Phi Beta Mu.
He retired in 1971 from the band program, and retired from teaching in 1973.
He lives in Cumby, Texas where he takes care of his 100 year old mother.