Rev. William McKinley Branch, first black probate judge elected in Greene County, passed away Tuesday, at the age of 95. Branch was among the first adults to join the student demonstrators who ignited the Civil Rights Movement in Greene County in the early 1960's. Branch organized the Greene County NAACP in the early 1950s and was an early organizer of the National Democratic Party of Alabama. He was elected to the Green County Commission and as a probate judge in 1970.
Friday, his body will lie in repose at the William M. Branch Courthouse in Eutaw from 2 PM to 4PM. Then from 5 PM to 7 PM at Ebeneezer Missionary Baptist Church in Forkland, where he served as pastor. The funeral service will be Saturday at Greene County HS, with public viewing from 11 AM to 12 PM, and a private ceremony at 12 PM.