Robert Manning Brand died peacefully at his home on April 12, 2017. Bob was born June 12, 1926 in Hartsville, SC, the son of Jesse D. and Janie Maebelle Ellis Brand. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles Ellis Brand, Jesse D. Brand, Jr, sisters Mary Ella Gibson, Vivian Graham, Mabel Small and Eunice Parker. He grew up in Hartsville and attended Hartsville City Schools. In March, 1944 he entered the US Navy where he served aboard the USS Damon M Cummings, DE 643, from June 1944 until February 1946. During this time he participated in the invasion of Okinawa on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945. He was honorably discharged and upon his return, attended Draughon's Business College in Columbia, SC. Bob spent 30 years in the Theatre industry, where he met and married his wife Elizabeth Murchison of Lillington, NC. He went on to serve as a Mecklenburg County Deputy Sheriff, retiring after 10 years in 1989. Bob was a member of Third Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and served as Elder and Chairman of the Worship Committee for many years. Bob was also a member of the Rock Hill Masonic Lodge #111 and the Rock Hill York Rite Bodies and Oasis Shrine. He enjoyed woodworking, attending his ship's reunions, reading and spending time at the beach. Bob is survived by his wife Elizabeth of 65 years, his daughter Vivian Elliott of Mooresville, daughter Paula Holtzclaw and husband Charles of Waxhaw, son Robert Brand, Jr and wife Patti of Cornelius; six grandchildren, Stephen, Jeffrey, Sarah, Libby (Chris), Chuck, and Jesse (Ella); three great grandchildren, Talen, Abbie and Hudson; his sister Genoese Quetel of Monroe and special granddaughter Natalie. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at Third Presbyterian Church, 4019 Central Ave in Charlotte at 11:00 am Monday, April 17,receiving of family and friends at 10:00 am, with the Rev. Jay Weigel officiating. Later, a private internment service will be held at Magnolia Cemetery, Hartsville, SC. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to Third Presbyterian Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be shared through www.tallentfuneralservice.com .
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