John Barkley BRANNAN Obituary
BRANNAN, John Barkley
59, entered into the arms of God, July 31, 2017, following a valiant, 20-month battle with leukemia. John was born November 13, 1957, in Jackson, MS, to Carl Dyess Brannan, M.D. and Martha “Monk” Vairin Witherspoon Brannan, the fourth of their six children. John spent a happy childhood in the Brannan family home in Jackson and on his grandfather’s farm until his father’s further medical training took his family to Closter, NJ, a suburb of New York City, in 1968. The Brannan family relocated to Tampa in 1970 when his father joined a medical practice, and John lived the rest of his life in his beloved Tampa.
In 1975, John graduated from H.B. Plant High School, where he was a member of the tennis team and was active in Young Life. He went on to earn a BA in Accounting from Furman University in 1979. He joined the local accounting firm of Dwight Darby & Co. in 1979 and then became a Certified Public Accountant in 1980. John spent his entire professional career at Dwight Darby, serving numerous business clients, as well as many personal friends, with his wisdom, business acumen, calm demeanor, kindness, and wit. John became a shareholder in the firm in 1990 and served as managing partner of the firm beginning in 2014.
John was an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He enjoyed many years of service with the FICPA Peer Review Program. He served as a Committee Chair and was awarded Outstanding Committee Chair in 2003-2004. He was also a longtime member of the BKR International Accounting Group where he enjoyed special bonds with CPAs from around the world. John enjoyed the friendships he formed as a member of the Economic Club of Tampa (formerly The Exchange Club), which he also served as Executive Committee member and President.
John was passionate about serving the Tampa community. He cherished his membership at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, where he served in numerous roles over the years. John was a beloved Sunday School teacher and leader to the children and youth for 35 years, in addition to being one of the youngest elders ever installed at HPPC. After serving as Treasurer of the church for many years, the Session voted to name him Honorary Treasurer for Life in 2010. John served as a board member for the Hillsborough Education Foundation for over 20 years, and he was a founding board member of Suncoast Shared Living.
John was a faithful center fielder for the HPPC Men’s Softball team, the Holy Smokers. He loved many sports, serving as a baseball coach to his sons, Mark and John, at Tampa Bay Little League, and rooting for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, his true love was tennis. John was an active participant with the Harbour Island Men’s Tennis League and also with his Monday Night Tennis Group.
John was blessed to be raised in a Christian home; attendance at Sunday School and church was a familiar rhythm of his life. John always sensed a presence of God’s hand over his life, and his young faith grew and matured through the HPPC Youth Group, Diner’s Club with Mrs. Davidson, and Young Life. As an adult, John’s faith permeated all of life. His trust in God was just part of who he was, and it defined his thoughts and actions. He considered serving God a high calling, yet he lived out his faith simply as a trusted CPA; an active, present father in the lives of his children; and as a faithful, loving husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend.
Blessed by having much of his extended family living nearby for most of his life, John enjoyed close relationships and spent much time with his parents, brothers and sisters and their spouses, and his nieces and nephews. Monthly Brannan family birthday parties were a delight to him, and annual Brannan family vacations to Lake Lure, NC, were enjoyed by all for 29 years. Appetizers on the dock, boat rides, Scrabble games, playing Charades after dinner, and floating in the lake with a cold beer, surrounded by family members of all ages, John savored every moment. When John married Kim in 1984, his family expanded to include the Harveys. He relished sharing vacations at Redington Beach, birthdays, special occasions, and holidays with all of the Harvey clan. Kim’s parents, Charley and Bert Harvey, considered John to be their own beloved son.
John is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kimberly Harvey Brannan; sons, John Barkley Brannan Jr. and Mark Harvey Brannan; and daughter, Laura Elsie Brannan. He is also survived by his parents, Carl Dyess Brannan, M.D. and Martha Vairin Witherspoon Brannan; his brothers and sisters, Tony Brannan, M.D. and his wife, Jane, Becky Hatcher and her husband, Steve, Carl Brannan Jr. and his wife, Beth, Vairin Tolley and her husband, Rob, and Bill Brannan and his wife, Kathryn; 16 Brannan nieces and nephews; seven nieces and nephews-in-law; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. On the Harvey side, John is survived by his brothers-in-law, Chuck Harvey and his wife, Wendy, and Rick Harvey and his wife, Janet; six Harvey nieces and nephews; three nieces and nephews-in-law; and six great-nieces and great-nephews. John also had many cousins whom he loved.
The Brannan family is deeply grateful for God’s provision of superior medical care for John by skilled physicians, caring nurses, and therapists. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, his lead physician, Ernesto Ayala, M.D., cared for John with compassion, wisdom, and gentleness, while he and John shared the joy of discussing tennis and the details of many major tournaments seen from his hospital room. For three and a half months, John’s care was led by Amin Alousi, M.D. and Sharon Hymes, M.D. at MD Anderson in Houston. Together, they treated John with respect and dignity in the midst of very challenging times he endured toward the end of his long journey.
Memorial donations may be made to the John Brannan Youth Fund at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606, or to Tampa Young Life, 3501 W. San Jose Street, Tampa, FL 33629.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 5, at 2 pm, at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W. Swann Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. A reception will follow.