Leland Branch was born on March 7th, 1948 in Raleigh, North Carolina to the late Spurgeon Branch and Ruth Jefferies Branch. He was the youngest of five boys, all who preceded him in death.

Leland attended Washington Elementary School and J. W. Ligon High School. It was in high school where Leland discovered his passion for math and basketball. As a high school student, Leland met his love and future wife of 45 years, Vivian Hinton Branch. In 1966, he graduated from J. W. Ligon High School and enrolled at Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina.

In 1967 he enlisted in the United State Air Force. After four years of service, Leland enrolled at North Carolina Central University, where he received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration.
On December 24th, 1972 Leland and Vivian were married. From this union was born a daughter, Nikki Branch Daye.
Upon completing his education, Leland began his career at Carolina Power and Light, now Progress Energy, where he worked for 13 years. After leaving CP&L, Leland went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University. He retired from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Leland was an active alumni member of North Carolina Central University. He also was a member of the Raleigh Chapter of the National Epicureans, Incorporated.

Leland was a loving and devoted husband and father. Heleaves to cherish his memory, his wife Vivian Hinton Branch, Raleigh, NC; daughter, Nikki Branch Daye, Concord, NC; a granddaughter, Octavia Daye, Concord, NC; nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service 12:00 noon Monday March 5, 2018 at the C.A. Haywood, Sr. Memorial Chapel preceded by an 11:30 AM visitation. Interment will follow at Carolina Biblical Gardens.

Viewing from 2:00 - 8:00 PM Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Haywood Funeral Home.