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Gertrude Mangum Brankley / January 23, 2018

Gertrude “Trudy” Mangum Brankley, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. She was born on Aug. 22, 1927 in Lunenburg County to the late William Wesley and Lula Parthenia McKinney Mangum. Trudy was the widow of Floyd Milton Brankley to whom she was married for 57 years. Trudy was raised in Lunenburg County and graduated from Victoria High School. An avid lover of animals and poetry, she also loved working in her beautiful garden throughout the season and enjoyed her lovely roses.
During her working career, she held jobs at the Ford Motor Company, Southside Furniture Company, Burlington Industries and Mecklenburg Electric Coop, and retired as bookkeeper from Love and Associates. An active member of Ephesus United Methodist Church, Trudy held the position of treasurer.

Mrs. Brankley is survived by daughter, Brenda Gayle Brankley of Charlottesville; son Floyd G. (Angela) Brankley of South Boston; sister, Shirley Wilson of Chase City; grandchildren, Ryan G. (Jessica) Brankley, Laura B. (Travis) Medina, Gabe Brankley, and great-grandchildren, Carter Brankley, Caleb Brankley, and Mia Medina.

She was predeceased by her grandson Colby Brankley and her husband, Floyd.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Ephesus United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Baisey officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home.

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