Mattie Lucille Rabon Branham


Mattie Lucille Rabon Branham was born in Blaney, SC on August 29, 1918, a daughter of the late John Henry Rabon & Blanche Edith Rabon.

1930 Census Information:

According to the United States Census recorded on May 9, 1930, John H Raban (40) rented a home in Blaney, Kershaw, South Carolina he made his home with his wife, Edith B Raban (34). It was reported that they were married when John was 27 and Edith was 21, placing their marriage about 1917. Also in the home was their children; Jessie M Raban (13), Mattie L Raban (11), Mary E Raban (9), Helen E Raban (8), Adell M Raban (6), John H Raban Jr. (2), Blanche V Raban (1) and William T Raban (26 days old). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. John H Raban was a foreman on the railroad section crew.


On March 9, 1934, Mattie Rabon was mentioned in the newspaper article, Newberry Folks Visit Blaney.


On August 1, 1993, Mattie Branham was listed as a living daughter in the obituary of Blanche Summer Rabon.


Mattie Lucille Rabon Branham, of Elgin, widow of the late James C. Branham, Sr., passed away Friday morning, August 31, 2007, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Sonny Branham and Judy Branham. She was 89.

She was born in Blaney, SC, August 29, 1918, a daughter of the late John Henry Rabon and Blanche Edith Rabon. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and graduated from Blaney School as Salutatorian of the class of 1936. She was an award-winning salesperson for Western Auto for more than 20 years. In her later years she was employed by the Council on Aging in Camden as Activity & Fundraiser Director. Everyone enjoyed her talent of playing the harmonica.

Survivors included sons and daughters-in-law, Sonny and Judy Branham of Elgin, Jon and Judy Branham of Hopkins, and Don and Mariam Branham of Elgin; daughters and son-in-law, Blanche and Frank Cribbs of Mebane, N.C., Donna Branham of Elgin, and Debbie Branham of Elgin; brothers, John Henry Rabon, Jr. and William S. Rabon, both of Elgin; sisters, Jessie Mae Higgins of Westville, Mary Hudson of Elgin, Adelle Kelly of Elgin, and Virginia Monroe of Pontiac; 17 Grandchildren; 15 Great-Grandchildren; and 3 Great Great-Grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Irma J. Sweat; granddaughter, Melissa Conant; great grandson, Nicholas Conant; and sister, Helen Steadman.

Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, Tri County Hospice, or the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral service were held Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, September 1, 2007, 4-6 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff.

Obituary Information:

September 1, 2007 State (published as The State)
Columbia, South Carolina Page 14

Tombstone Information:

Located in Hillcrest Baptist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA


On July 17, 2009, Mattie R Branham was listed as a deceased sister in the obituary of Blanche Summer Rabon.

On September 18, 2009, Mattie Branham was listed as a deceased sister in the obituary of Blanche Virginia Rabon Monroe.


On June 18, 2010, Mattie Branham was listed as a deceased sister in the obituary of Master Sgt. William Stanley Rabon Sr., U.S.A.F. (Ret.).

On August 7, 2010, Mattie Branham was listed as a deceased sister in the obituary of Mary R. Hudson.


On October 6, 2020, Mattie Branham was listed as the deceased sister in the obituary of Mrs. Adele Rabon Kelly.

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