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Rodney Brannen

Rodney Brannen

Rodney has been with Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home since 1987. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Georgia and Tennessee and is a member of The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.

Rodney is a member of First Baptist Church of Unadilla. He is a member and past-president of the Unadilla Lions Club and serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Vienna.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Central Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, a past-president of the Dooly County Heart Association and a former member of the Vienna Kiwanis Club. 

He is married to Melissa Brannen and they have 5 children, Ryan Brannen, Rebecca Brannen, Morgan Scott, Jenna Scott and Thomas Scott.

Email: rodney@brannen-nesmith.com


Bill NeSmith

Bill NeSmith

Bill has been an owner of the funeral homes since January 1986 and a co-owner with Rodney Brannen since 2001. In 1993, Bill briefly left the funeral homes to pursue a law degree and currently practices law in addition to his work with the funeral homes. Bill is a 1983 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercer University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He lives in Americus and is married to Beth Haugabook. They have one daughter, Dallas.

Email: bill@brannen-nesmith.com


Alan Arflin

Alan Arflin

Alan is a native of Dooly County and has lived in Unadilla all his life. He graduated from Unadilla High School in 1975 and worked for United Parcel Service for 38 years. He is married to Pam Offenburg Arflin, has three children, Kelly, Van and Leslie and nine grandchildren. 

Alan is a member of First Baptist Church of Unadilla.  He has been with Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home since 2012.


Betty Colter

Betty Colter

Betty Colter is a native of Dooly County and became the Family Service Advisor for Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home in 1996. As Family Service Advisor, Betty counsels with families about pre-need options. Betty is a member of Vienna First Baptist Church and the Joy Makers Sunday School Class. In 1999, Betty became the Clerk of Dooly County Superior Court and served until January 1, 2017 when she retired.


Robert  Jack Gaston

Robert Jack Gaston

Jack has lived in Dooly County since 1990. He graduated from Americus High School and Georgia Southwestern College. He is a retired school teacher. Jack is married to Barbara Ransom Gaston and they have three children, Jamie Salem, LaRae Smith, and Clay Kernell and three grandchildren. Jack is a member of First Baptist Church of Unadilla. He has been with Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home since July 2015.


Melissa Brannen

Melissa Brannen

Melissa is a native of Dooly County. She is married to Rodney Brannen and they have 5 children, Morgan Scott, Jenna Scott and Thomas Scott, Ryan Brannen and Rebecca Brannen.

Melissa has worked as a Surgical Technician for 15 years and maintains her current certification. She is a member of the Unadilla United Methodist Church where she is active in assisting with the youth programs, teaching Sunday school, and singing in the adult choir.


Raymond King

Raymond King

A Dooly County native, Raymond has lived in Vienna most of his life.  After graduating from Vienna High School, he attended ABAC, then went to work for Georgia-Pacific when the particleboard plant was under construction in 1969.
He remained with the company 41 years until the plant which had been bought by Roseburg Forest Products closed in 2010.  In retirement, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with children.
He and his wife, Peggy, are members of Vienna United Methodist Church.  He worked with Brannen-NeSmith Funeral Home from August, 2013 to July, 2015, then returned in June of 2017.


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