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Former supervisor remembered as ‘true gentleman’ / March 22, 2017

Longtime Mecklenburg County supervisor Thomas Allen “Tommy” Brankley died Friday, March 17 at the age of 85, leaving friends and associates in mourning over the passing of what one described as a “true Virginia gentleman.”

“Tommy was a great guy,” said Dale Wilkinson of Clarksville, a friend and contemporary. “It saddens me we have lost such a good man.”

Born in 1931, Brankley lived in Mecklenburg County his entire life, working as both a farmer and warehouse worker and raising a family with his wife, Barbara. Though he spent much of his time as a local businessman and farm producer, Brankley is also remembered for his 16 years of service on the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors, representing Election District 8 in the Chase City and Trottinridge area.

“Tommy was a Virginia gentleman in every way, a true statesman of our Board of Supervisors for many years, who always was one to help in every way he could,” Wilkinson said.

Jack Hite of Clarksville, a former supervisors chairman and colleague of Brankley, remembered him as a “man of his word, and one you could count on.

“He was very conservative of the public’s money, and was a significant contributor to the county,” Hite said. “He spent [the county’s money] wisely.”

Glenn Edwards, who currently serves on the Mecklenburg CountySchool Board, also offered his praises for Brankley.

“This weekend a valuable member of the community was lost,” said Edwards. Of Brankley’s tenure on the board of supervisors, Edwards said, “He made a lot of decisions with integrity.”

Edwards recalled Brankley as a good Christian man who passed on his values to his son, David Brankley, who followed his father’s footsteps by now holding the same ED-8 seat on the Board of Supervisors.

“We are going to miss Mr. Brankley,” Edwards said.

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Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute to my Daddy! I am so proud that people truly saw him for the great man he was! He was a humble man and a GREAT man! Thanks to Tucker as well for his kind "side thought" in his editorial! You don't know what that meant to us!! Thank you!!


Sorry, I meant to say Tom McLaughlin


Tom I must say that you made my mother's day yesterday when she read all that you had written about my daddy. He was truly a gentleman and the most wonderful father a person could ask for. He was not a proud man - just tried to be a good Christian man. Your kind words mean a lot to the family and we do appreciate it very much.

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