(05/04/2005)
Yesterday was the largest funeral service conducted at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg since the facility opened in 1988.

The tragic and untimely death of 15-year-old Randy Brannon of Millstone created lines of mourners that waited about two hours before they could pay their respects inside the funeral facility.

Mourners were lined across the parking lot and bridge leading to U.S. 33-119.

More than 1000 people passed before the young man's casket Monday evening. More people were standing in the lobby and on the front porch than in the 400-seat funeral parlor during yesterday's funeral.

Young Brannon died in a car accident last Thursday evening, shortly after leaving Calhoun Middle-High School. Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Roberts, who survived the accident, was released from Charleston General Hospital and attended the services of his friend. He was in a wheelchair.

Wrestling team members served as pallbearers, and hundreds of students, described as "well-mannered and quiet" attended the service.

Brannon was laid to rest in the Gibson Cemetery on Altizer Road.

A funeral that moved thousands of mourners to pay their last respects at Stump Funeral Home, was following the shooting death of Calhoun Sheriff Park Richards in 1976. Over 4,000 attended the wake and funeral service in Grantsville.


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