The Una Chapman Cox Foundation regrets to inform you that our chairman, Harvie Branscomb, Jr., passed away last Friday, July 10, 2015.
Obituary for Bennett Harvie Branscomb Jr.
Harvie would like you to know that his work here is done. Never one to miss an appointment, he has left for one from which he will not return. He began his life in Dallas, Texas, 93 years ago and was an adventurer from the start. He began by building model boats and holding lengthy conversations. He honed his skills through Horace Mann, Duke University and Yale Law School. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII where his commanding officer refused to allow him to leave the ship for 4 years, fearing he would accept a different challenge. Harvie transitioned to sailing and lawyering by moving to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he fought the waves and the IRS with equal enthusiasm.
He was a great family man, having met and married the belle of Dallas, Mary Josephine Goodearle, in 1950. Along with their children, they traveled, sailed, hunted and fished. He will be remembered for sand in the hotdogs at the beach and lobster in the Bahamas. He was frequently found roaming the decks of the Josephine in the middle of the night, checking the anchor lines while moored Lydia Ann Channel.
When wearing his attorney hat, he worked to improve the tax code by serving on the Commissioner’s Advisory Group for the IRS and Chairman of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. He also belonged to the American College of Tax Counsel, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, State Bar of Texas Tax Section, and other things tax related. At the time of his last appointment, he served of counsel to Branscomb PC.
Harvie cared about his community, serving as a trustee for the Art Museum Endowment Fund, Texas A&M Corpus Christi Foundation, the Warren Foundation and the Corpus Christi Industrial Park. One of his proudest accomplishments was the establishment of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation which is dedicated to a strong, professional American Foreign Service.
But his true love, besides the belle Mary Josephine, was sailing. Along with a group of stalwarts, he helped expand the Corpus Christi Yacht Club in 1952 when it was a floating Clubhouse docked at the end of the Lawrence Street T Head. He was member #13. As a sailor, he raced across the Gulf of Mexico, lost his mast and sails once, but never his way as he was the navigator, cruised the Bahamas, the Pacific North West, the Intra Coastal Waterway.
Harvie was predeceased by his parents, Harvie and Margaret Branscomb of Nashville, TN. He is survived by his wife, Mary Josephine, and his children and their families, Bennett Hill and wife Katharine Schultz Branscomb and daughter Margaret Josephine of Sonoma, CA, Margo and daughters Rachael Louise and Isabella May of Centennial, CO and Richard Lee and children Richard Massey, Jack Henry, Kate Prudence, and Mary Piper of Austin, TX, and brothers Benjamin Vaughan Branscomb of Birmingham, AL and Lewis McAdory Branscomb and wife Constance Mullen of La Joya, CA, cousins Genevieve Vaughan of Rome, Italy, Ben F. Vaughan, III and wife Daphne, and their families.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 700 S. Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, TX 78401 with a reception to follow at the church.
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