NORLINA — Alta Kimball Brantley, age 87, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 27, 2021. She was born in Warren County in 1933.
Alta married the love of her life, James Horton Brantley, in 1951. They raised four children together while Alta also worked in the grocery business in Warrenton and Norlina for over 25 years. In her early 50s, she obtained her certification in respiratory therapy and worked at Maria Parham Hospital until her retirement.
Alta was strong in her faith, a loving, caring Christian woman. She was a member of Warren Plains Baptist Church and later joined Norlina Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School, and worked with the youth ministry and women’s groups. Music played an important role in her life. She sang in the church choir and performed with the gospel group, Sounds of Grace, as an original member. When she was not working or serving in church, she sang and played bass with Horton and their friends, performing country and bluegrass music throughout the community.
Alta is preceded in death by her faithful husband, Horton Brantley; her parents, John and Grace Kimball; her brothers, Norman Kimball and James Kimball; her sister-in-law, Linda Kimball; her sister, Lois Kimball Robinson; and her grandson, Nicholas Paul Epanchin.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her sister, Fannie Kimball Jenkins (Clifton); brother-in-law, June Robinson; four children, David Horton Brantley (Lynn) of Augusta, Georgia, Barbara Brantley Epanchin (Paul) of Henderson, Patricia Brantley Klag (John) of Frisco, Texas; and Charles Bruce Brantley of Staunton, Virginia; nine grandchildren, Will Brantley (Jenny), Scott Brantley (Melissa), Chad Brantley (Lucy), Ashton Brantley (Alexis), Jon Paul Epanchin (Christine), Joshua Klag (Ziwei), Jacob Klag, Calum Klag, and Autumn Brantley; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private burial will be conducted later this year when her family can more easily gather.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at the Senior Citizens Home in Henderson who took care of Alta these past several years.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Alta Brantley to the Norlina Baptist Church music ministry; to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, or to the Senior Citizens Home Activity Department in Henderson.