93-year-old’s work on display at LAAC

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 3, 2014


The work of World War II veteran LaFelt Brannon, affectionately known as Mr. B, will be on display at the LAAC this month.

Some 50 pieces of Brannon’s artwork will be featured in the show.

Brannon, who was born in 1921 on Hicker Nut Ridge in the Burnout community, moved to Sanford at age 8.

Brannon quit school to work after the sixth grade and had a long and varied career, including farming with his father, working at Pete Banks’ cabinet shop, as a welder, construction worker, truck driver, sawmill builder, pulpwood worker and cotton mill worker.

At the age of 78, due to health conditions, he began to paint.

Brannon, 93, has been steadily making relatives and friends happy with his artwork since his discovery of his new talent.

During the war, he landed at Omaha Beach and was severely wounded in St. Milo, France. He was sent back to the front lines after a three-month stay in Birmingham, England.

He earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in the Arm.

He was married to the late Lois Mitchell Brannon. They have three children: Patty Sutton, Cathy Bozeman and Victor Brannon. He also has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church.

A reception honoring Brannon will be held today, Sat., May 3, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at the LAAC, located at 116 East Three Notch Street, Andalusia.