Branscomb History



James Alston Branscomb

Come Laugh With Me

Written by James Alston Branscomb

Contributed by Eugenia Hobday


Are you ready to laugh and have fun?

Embark on an amusing and entertaining literary adventure as author James Alston Branscomb presents Come Laugh With Me, a humorous look at incidents that have caused him to laugh throughout his life. He believes: "Once you read them, you will laugh with me."

The 420 anecdotes cover Branscomb's life from his childhood in small-town Union Springs and Midway, Alabama (Bullock Co.) through his University of Alabama days; his Reynolds Metals Aluminum Company involvement over 35 years; his service with the Kiwanis Club of Sheffield, Alabama; his Sheffield United Methodist Church participation; and his community experiences.

Come Laugh With Me is not a joke book; it is a glimpse into the mind of an observant man who notices humor all around him, laughs, and shares his mirth through memories, quotations, and personal anecdotes not available anywhere else. He invites you to enjoy and laugh with him! Many people have asked him throughout his life, "When are you going to write a book?" and have then said, "I want the first copy!"

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Colbert County Reporter 12-16-2011


James Alston Branscomb signing his book

Contributed by Penny Leggett


James Branscomb Will Wed Miss Price

Contributed by Eugenia Hobday

Anniston Star (Anniston, Alabama) September 3, 1941
Announcement is made of the engagement of Miss Blanche Stinson Price, only daughter of Mrs. Louis Eugene Price, and the late Mr. Price of Garden City, to James Alston Branscomb, son of Mrs. John Sanford Branscomb and the late Mr. Branscomb of Midway.

The bride-elect is the grand-daughter of Mrs. Lee Andrew Stinson. She attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, and was graduated from the University of Alabama. For the past two years she has held a position in the Cullman city school system.

Mr. Branscomb is the grandson of Mrs. M. E. Alston of Midway. He received his master's degree from the University of Alabama. He is a brother of the Rev. Albert Branscomb, who is pastor of the Walker Memorial Church of this city.

Miss Price and Mr. Branscomb will be married October 5 at the First Christian Church of this city and will make their house in Sheffield. - Exchange.

The Cullman Democrat (Cullman, Alabama) Thursday, October 9, 1941
The First Christian Church of this city was the scene on Sunday afternoon of the marriage of Miss Blanche Price to James Alston Branscomb of Sheffield, which took place at a ceremony of impressive beauty and simplicity, with Rev. Ralph Saunders, minister of the church officiating. The simple dignity characterizing the ceremony was duplicated int eh decorations of the church which featured a profusion of white gladiolus combined with smilax , arranged against a background of palms, with myriads of white candles in white candelabras furnishing the only illumination of the wedding which was solemnized at 5:00 in the afternoon.

Ushers were Martin Williams of Centerville, Frank Hulsey of Montgomery, Bryce Nelson of Sheffield and James Foy of Tuscaloosa and serving the bridegroom as best man was his brother, Lewis Branscomb, of Panama City Fla. Mrs. Harold J. Corwin of Morristown, presided at the piano for the nuptial music and Mrs. George Armstrong rendered vocal music. During the ceremony the soloist sang "The Perfect Prayer".

Attendants of the bride included Miss Helen Shaw of Gadsden, maid of honor, Mrs. Paul C. Howle, of West Point, Miss {sic}, cousin of the bride, matron of honor, and Misses Wilda Huie of Garden City, Lorene Gray of Hanceville, Lucile Branscomb of Montgomery, sister of the groom and Mrs. Maurice F. Reichel, of Tuscaloosa were bridesmaids. All of the bridesmaids wore identical gowns of heather faille taffeta, and carried colonial bouquets of blue asters tied with wide satin ribbon. The maid of honor and the matron of honor wore "twilight" taffeta and carried deep pink aster bouquets tied with satin ribbon.

Louise Branscomb, little daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Albert Branscomb, of Birmingham, was the flower girl, her dress, as well as all of the other attendants, was a replica of the bride's dress. Mrs. L. E. Price gave her daughter in marriage. The bride was beautiful in her bridal robes of classical white satin, fashioned with a sculptured bodice featuring the traditional sweetheart neckline and long fitted sleeves ending in a point over the hand, while the graceful sweeping skirt fell into a circular train. A Mary Queen of Scots cap held her veil of illusion in place and the veil extended full length of the train.

She carried a colonial bouquet of bride's roses and lilies of the valley tied with wide satin ribbon. Immediately after the ceremony, Mrs. Price, mother of the bride, entertained with a small reception at her home in Garden City including the bridal party, relatives and out-of-town guests. Mrs. Price was dressed in a teal blue taffeta with gold accents and wore a corsage of talisman roses. The groom's mother Mrs. J. S. Branscomb, of Midway Ala., wore a powder blue gown with navy accessories and his grandmother, Mrs. M. E. Alston, also of Midway was gowned in black sheer with white accessories and white aster corsage.

After a wedding trip through the Smokies, the bride and groom will reside in Sheffield, where he is a chemist for the Reynolds Co.

Among the out-of-town guests were Mrs. J. S. Branscomb, Mrs. M. E. Alston and Miss Alma Alston of Midway; Mrs. Monte Farmer of El Paso, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Erwin of Trafford; Mrs. Lee Jones of Blount Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Branscomb of Panama City, Fla.; Rev. and Mrs. Albert Branscomb of Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. Corwin of Morristown, Tenn.; Miss Annie Louise Reynolds, W. L. Wilson, Fred Lewis, E. Rossetti, Mr. and Mrs. David Silverstein, all of Birmingham and Miss Elizabeth Steele of Anniston.

Reynolds Metals Company in-house newsletter
"Branscomb Completes 30 Years with Reynolds."

Contributed by Penny Leggett


Blanche Price Branscomb Memorial Service

Contributed by Penny Leggett


She Was on Her Way all the Time

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James Alston Branscomb Memorial Service

Contributed by Penny Leggett

James Alston Branscombe obituary card




James Alston Branscomb obituary in Alabama Alumni Magazine


"James Alston Branscomb:
Growing Up in Midway, Alabama"

Written by James Alston Branscomb,
compiled by co-authors Eugenia Branscomb Hobday and Penny Branscomb Leggett

Prior to his death in Dec. 2012, Alston Branscomb wrote a 91-page Shutterfly book filled with photos, memorabilia and anecdotes: James Alston Branscomb: Growing Up in Midway, Alabama - 1917-1935. The entire book is about his memories of growing up in rural South Alabama at the turn of the 20th century. It can be bought from or the entire book can be viewed for free at: James Alston Branscomb: Growing Up in Midway, Alabama

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