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Mr. John Lewis Braden, age 89. of 1 Elmwood Street, Riverside Community passed away June 20, 2013 at his residence.

He was born on March 22, 1924 in Hermitage, GA, son of the late Robert Alonzo "Lon" Braden and the late Dockie Boswell Braden. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He attended Model School, received a vocational Diploma for Automotive Mechanic from Rome Vocational School in 1955. Also in 1967 he received a certificate of Production Mechanic Operator from Atlanta Public Schools along with a certificate of Blueprint Reading (Machine Trade) from Coosa Valley Tech.

He was a World War II Veteran having served from 1943 to 1946 in the US Army, 508 Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped on D Day in Normandy. His last jump was made in Nijmegen, Holland where he was wounded where he was transported to an England Hospital for several months before returning to the States. He was awarded two Good Conduct Metals, European Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Parachute Wings and the Purple Heart. He was employed by Brighton Mills, Celanese, Advance Gloves, Best Gloves and retired from Bekaert Steel. He was an avid Ga Tech fan along with the Atlanta Braves and Falcons. He was a member of the American Legion Post 52.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn Marie Dodd Braden on May 27, 2012; one brother, William Clayton Braden; one sister, Georgia Belle Braden; one great grandson, Brock Hunter Braden.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Michael and Kay

 Braden; two daughters and their husbands, Gail and James Buffington and Deb and Donnie Wilson; five Grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Donna Braden, Shane and Stephanie Wilson, Heather and Michael Chandler, Hunter and Jenny Braden, Derek and Kathy Buffington; 7 Great Grandchildren also survive, Carson Braden, Conner Wilson, Cole Chandler, Addyson, Madelyne and Lawson Braden and Jacob Buffington; two sisters, Mildred Satterfield and Eloise Warnick; a sister-in-law, Louise Braden; a special cousin, Ralph Dodd; Brenda Parton his special caregiver; Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Thanks to the Heyman Hospice of Floyd, Dr. Buford Harbin along with Dr. Greg Rogers and his staff for all their kindness and care of Mr. Braden.

Graveside and internment services will be held at 1:00 pm Monday, June 24, 2013 at East View Cemetery with Rev. Randy Lambert officiating. Shanklin-Attaway Post 5 Honor Guard of the American Legion will be conducting full military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 pm on Sunday (today) at Parnick Jennings Sr.'s Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 2750 Shorter Avenue, Rome, Georgia 30165.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Riverside Baptist Church, 48 Ash Street, Rome, GA 30161.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and are ask to meet at the cemetery by 12:45 pm on Monday.

Parnick Jennings, Sr.'s Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Grave marker for John L. Braden un East View Cemetery, Rome (Floyd county), Georgia.

John enlisted in the Army at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA on 24 March 1943.

On 29 August 1943 Pvt Braden was transferred from The Parachute School, Fort Benning, GA to Company G, 508th PIR.

He made the jump into Normandy on D-Day and following that campaign was promoted to the grade of Pfc on 21 July 1944.

His second combat jump was into Holland where he was listed as slightly wounded in action on 12 October 1944.

Pfc Braden's wound was apparently not "slight" as he was evacuated to a field hospital and a month later was sent to back Fort Benning for a higher level of care.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge awarded for his participation in Normandy assault.

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