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Craig Lee Brannon


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Craig Lee Brannon also known to his brothers as the “Helmand Gravedigger” age 25 of Rockledge, Florida passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. During his 4 years in the Marine Corp, Craig earned several medals and ribbons including the; Marine Corp Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/1star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, Certificate of Commendation (Individual Award), Letter of Appreciation and the Sharpshooter Rifle Qualification Badge.

Craig is survived by his mother and step-father Donna & Jody Harrell; his biological father Cliff Brannon; his brother Rocky (Amanda) McLaughlin; niece Abigail; 3 nephews, Rocky, Darrell and Bradley all of Ashtabula, Ohio; grandmother Phyllis Crews of Cocoa; step grandmother Joyce Harrell of Melbourne, Florida; uncle Kenny Crews of Cocoa, Florida; aunt Debra Crews Teeter (Gary) of Keizer, Oregon; aunt Debbie Farrington of Texas; aunt Chris Jarvis of Melbourne, 10 Cousins and all of his brothers of 1371 Up.

He was predeceased in death by his grandfather Elmer Crews; step-grandfather George Harrell; uncle Ronald Crews; uncle Steve Harrell; grandmother and grandfather Brannon and his aunt Wanda.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1001 S. Hickory St. in Melbourne.


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Catherine Roberts

December 3, 2018, 4:37 pm

So very sorry for your loss….there are no words to bring any consolation.
My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all.

Debbie Farrington

December 3, 2018, 6:21 pm

Hope you know how much you are loved ! And that you will always be missed! Gone to soon sweet boy! I love you!❤

Chris hunter

December 3, 2018, 6:30 pm

He will be missed. I remember when him and my sister dated he use to pick me up and take me to breakfast and come back to his house and help him work on his truck. Even after him and my sister split we still kept in touch. He’s a great guy.

Lori White

December 3, 2018, 9:47 pm

Craig will be missed by many and I am so sorry for your loss. Sending love and support to you all.❤️

Rocky Blabey

December 4, 2018, 6:24 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family and comfort you during this time. You’ll be in my prayers.

Kristin Marshall

December 4, 2018, 7:36 am

May he rest in eternal paradise. Thank you for your service. My highest condolences to the family.

Greg Graber

December 4, 2018, 12:41 pm

Craig is a true friend. He was always there for me and he never let me down. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Sky St Dennis

December 4, 2018, 2:46 pm

Craig… I feel sorrow in my bones… may God take away your pain and soothe your soul.. We all will miss you.

Tracie Saturday

December 4, 2018, 9:08 pm

My condolences are with the family at this very sad time. Although I never met Craig, I watched him thru his mothers posts on Facebook. Donna is a great person so I know Craig was a great person also. Reading all of his awards and ribbons from his time as a Marine, he accomplished a lot in his four years. May GOD be with each and everyone of the people who loved Craig. Memories are forever. Craig I may not have personally known, but I can promise you I’ll be here for your mom forever. Rest in heaven .

Mike Roberts

December 4, 2018, 9:36 pm

RIP my great friend. We had a great time together in Mission Viejo,California. Lots of good bar b as. Beer and lots of good old Hank 3. It was my pleasure to meet u at the Apartment pool that summer. And the Irush bar across the street. I’m very saddened by this but I know that u are now In Heaven. Till we meet again brother. Catch ya later.

Cpl Bone E. Scott

December 5, 2018, 11:09 am

Im sorry for your loss he was a great person and a great marine he cared for many. He helped so many who needed it and he was one of the best that i knew and it was an honor knowing him. Semper Fi

Jorge J. Ortega

December 5, 2018, 1:41 pm

My deepest condolences to the family of Craig, he was a great Marine and man. He always cared about everyone else and I know that he and is his family is cared and adored as well. Rest In Peace Craig, I miss you brother.

Muhammad Ali

December 7, 2018, 8:32 am

My condolences to you and your family. Craig was a charismatic young man. Till Valhalla brother!

Samantha Sweat

December 7, 2018, 1:22 pm

Craig, you were an amazing person. I can’t believe that you are gone! I am so thankful for all the amazing memories that we shared. I will always remember going to the river and camping the summer you spent at my house. You had so many crazy amazing ideas and I am so proud of the person you were while you were still here with us.

To Donna and the rest of the family, I love you all and I am so sorry that this has happened! He truly was wonderful!

Love always your cousin,
Samantha Sweat

Kevin Milligan

December 9, 2018, 9:26 pm

Craig, oh man on man, where to begin. You changed my life brother, from our time deployed to the Middle East (Undisclosed Location) you made life so much easier over in the sand box. Your positive attitude, torwards any situation, and no matter how mundane the task was, you pushed, and you finished your days with a smile! We are truly devastated by the news, and I hope your family can find peace during this tragic time! We love you brother, Rest Easy, and Till Valhalla.

Rebecca Gamble

December 14, 2018, 7:20 pm

So very sorry for your loss. I never got the chance to meet Craig in person. We were just facebook friends, but from what I saw, he was an extraordinary young man. I know his mother and I know how important family is to her. He was one of the apples of her eye. Im so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers 💜

Bill Cody

December 14, 2018, 9:13 pm

Semper Fi. 😓


December 14, 2018, 9:32 pm

So sorry for your loss. Craig was a great guy and will be missed by many more than he ever could know. Love, hugs, and prayers during this difficult time.

Debra & Gary Teeter

December 14, 2018, 9:57 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you my little sister I wish I was there to wrap my arms around you just know how much we love you how much Craig is our hero and always will be our hero I will be thinking of my family during this time.

Tracy Sanderlin-Uhler

December 14, 2018, 11:24 pm

My Thoughts and Prayers are with Craig’s family during this truly sad time.
Donna, please know that we all love you and if you need anything to let us know.
May God Bless You & Keep You Wrapped In His Everlasting Grace!


December 15, 2018, 2:57 pm

I wish you were here buddy. You were a good friend and you inspire me to be a better person. I’ll never forget you brother.

Amy Shepherd

December 15, 2018, 7:59 pm

I am very sorry and deeply saddened about Craig’s passing. I will always have happy memories working with Craig and his positive enthusiasm, and of course his big black truck with the huge American flag, his cowboy boots and hat, his love of the Marines and his charming and polite manner. I wish we all had more time with him. My thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s family and loved ones.


December 16, 2018, 12:12 pm

I am praying for you and you family. A verse that has brought me peace is Psalm 116:15
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.”

It is a verse that shows God’s close watching over our passing, not that He takes delight in it, but that He is with us through it.

He will always be remembered by his comrades, family, and friends.
Fair winds and following seas Craig.

Dylan London

December 17, 2018, 12:58 am

Craig was a great person and friend, and I’m honored to have known him. My condolences to all his family

Theresa Fillenwarth

December 18, 2018, 8:08 pm

I will never ever forget you. Just thank you for entering my life. You were a huge impact. 🙏

David Francis

March 6, 2019, 2:21 pm

I am very sorry for your loss and proud of Craig’s service. I ordered his memorial bracelet from the Valhalla Project. I hope to honor his memory.
David Francis
CWO3 USN (ret)
USMC MTF Configuration Manager
NH-III (Civ)
MCTSSA Camp Pendleton


November 21, 2019, 2:48 pm

We love and miss you very much.

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