Lee Walt Bransford

Obituary Notice

Lee Bransford, of Little Rock, and Lonoke native, died Wednesday, January 8, 2003. He was born January 9, 1924 in Memphis Tennessee to William Hastings and Bessie Walt Bransford. Following his April 1945 Commission as an Aviator in the US Navy, he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1948 with a degree in Architectural Engineering. After 15 years with Wittenberg, Delony and Davidson, in 1964 he and Carl Brunck formed Engineering Consultants, Inc. a structural engineering firm. He was involved with the design and construction of many buildings across Arkansas including his favorite, the Arkansas Power and Light Building, as well as work at War Memorial Stadium and Oaklawn Racetrack. He was an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was an avid Razorback fan and he and his friends followed the team to most of the football games for years. He had the same seats in War Memorial Stadium for over 40 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jeanne Bransford and by his brother Dr. Robert Bransford. He is survived by his wife Bettye; his brother William H. Bransford, Jr. of Little Rock; two daughters, Debby Coates (Wayne) of Little Rock and Robin Bugge (Forrest) of Houston, TX; two sons, Walt Bransford (Maryanne) of North Little Rock and Fletcher Bransford (Alison) of Sterling, VA; two step-daughters, Holly Robertson (Gavin) of Arlington, TX and Tracy Nobles (Ben) of Duluth, GA; six grandchildren, Katherine Coates of New York City, NY; Andrew Coates of Fayetteville; Stuart and Blair Bugge of Houston, TX, Whitman Bransford of North Little Rock; Lindsey Bransford of Sterling, VA; four step-grandchildren, Grace and Caitlin Robertson of Arlington, TX; and Zachary and Olivia Nobes of Duluth,GA. He was a member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Lonoke Cemetery, Lonoke, AR. Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 25068, Little Rock, AR 72225. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.

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  • I never met Mr. Bransford, but I grew up as a child hearing my father William Boone, Sr. talk about him. My father and Lee Walt were boyhood friends in Lonoke. I would love to hear from someone in this family. My profound sympathy.

    William R. Boone, Jr., M.D.     wrboone@hotmail.com
    Rockwall, Texas

  • Dear Tracy, How lucky you were to have Lee Walt in your life. I'll forever picture him sitting in his favorite chair drinking a cocktail (what a gentlemen- always had wine to offer me). Love to Holly and Betty. As always, in my thoughts and prayers. love,
    Laura Pennebaker Eppley   auntyaya@internet.com
    Rogers, AR
  • What a wonderful man. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Iboo Miller   edmiller@stephens.com
    Little Rock, AR