Ronald Craig Branham

  • Born: January 14, 1940
  • Died: January 16, 2019
  • Location: Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ronald Craig Branham, age 79, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 16th, 2019. Ronnie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. Born in San Antonio on January 14th, 1940, Ronnie had a zest for life and an entrepreneurial spirit providing him with a successful career in hospitality and entertainment businesses. He opened up the first discotheque in San Antonio, the Tiffany Palace in the 1970s. He went on to open numerous others, including Last National Bank, Sugar Daddy's, Good Time Charlie's, and the Crystal Baking Company. At one point he owned 13 bars and restaurants and was known as "The Disco King." He was inspired by visiting discos in Acapulco where his father and mother, Ewing and Doris Branham, had a second home. He also brought the excitement after experiencing Studio 54 in NYC and traveling throughout Europe where he acquired antiques and stained glass for his many establishments. He also loved cars with a passion which included a cotton candy pink Auburn Boattail Speedster, an Excalibur, Rolls Royce, Jaguars, and everything else from Mercedes to a candy apple red classic truck. Ronnie loved the best restaurants, unusual foods and was an excellent cook. He loved boats and living on the water and enjoyed hunting and deep sea fishing. Ronnie was an interesting man with many a good story of adventures in his life. His family was very important to him and he adored his loving wife, Carol Ann, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Family gatherings were always fun-filled and shared with lots of love. Ronnie is predeceased by his parents, Ewing and Doris Branham, his brother Michael Branham, his daughter Royce Cheri Branham Lemoine, and his first wife, Dura Branham Reeves. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Carol Ann Branham, and his children Rhonda Branham, Michael Flaherty (New Braunfels), Robin Branham, Ronald Beau Branham and wife Wendy, Amber Branham and husband Jason Jarisch (Austin). He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Garrett Griesenbeck, Ashley Griesenbeck, Ryan Ewing Scheffler, Olivia Vickers, Rilee Mungia, Dylan Mungia, Stephen Rutherford, and Vera Ann Jarisch. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. Ronnie also leaves behind many friends who will also miss him dearly.

Services will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ronnie was a generous,kind and loyal friend. I am saddened to learn of his passing. He will be missed by many.

Posted by A friend   July 03, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful, fun, enthusiastic man. He brought many a smile to those of us who worked in his awesome discos. He was always at the top of his game. With much love and blessings to his family. Melanie Eastman Kenworthey

Posted by Melanie Kenworthey - San Antonio, TX - Friend   January 21, 2019

My condolences to the family. Thank you for sharing Ronald with us. It was an honor meeting him and getting to know the family as well.

Posted by Robbie Vojvodich - San Antonio - Acquaintance   January 21, 2019


Posted by Alice    January 20, 2019

I'm so sorry for the loss of a great man. He will be missed by many. My prayers go out to his family and friends. May God bless him and his family. May the peace of the Lord be with you always. With my deepest condolences,
Alice Cook A

Posted by The Cook Family    January 20, 2019

I'm so sorry for the loss of a great man. He will be missed by many. My prayers go out to his family and friends. May God bless him and his family. May the peace of the Lord be with you always. With my deepest condolences,
Alice Cook

Posted by Alice Cook A.    January 20, 2019


Ronnie, you were larger than life. Always full of energy, stories and adventures.

Posted by Michelle Reynolds - Woodland Park, CO - Friend   January 20, 2019

Sending our love and sympathy for your loss. We have you in our hearts and all of your family in our prayers.

Posted by Julie, Todd and Holden Drake - The Woodlands, TX - Friend   January 19, 2019


Our deepest sympathy in your loss of a dear friend, father, and husband. He will be missed deeply but never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers through the Lord for strength in your time of loss.
David (cousin), Cathy and Jennifer Branham

Posted by David Branham - San Antonio, TX - Family   January 19, 2019

Thank you Ronnie for being a good friend. I loved hearing you tell about your adventures. You truly lived life to the fullest. Gonna miss you buddy until we meet again.

Posted by Daniel Forbus - San Antonio, TX   January 19, 2019

Ronnie had a great life, he saw more than most and experienced life to the max. We will see him again, one day. He's vehicles were always spotless, yep, we will tell many stories about him. Vaya con Dios Ronnie.

Posted by Joe Cardenas - Canyon Lake, TX - Friend   January 19, 2019

Bubba, I always called you that because as your brother Mike's best friend that was how I knew you. I will always remember how well you treated me as a friend of your family.
U remember riding and driving your cars and the big wooden boat in clear lake . I'll never forget getting stuck on the Sand bar and we pushed the boat off of it. I also remember when you and Carol first married and I visited you at Ferdies old house out on 281.
You were a hero to many and I remember the last time I saw you at the hospital kissing you on the cheek and telling you I loved you. You told me you loved me too and we talked about Mike and God and the day Mike accepted Jesus as his savior. I now know you are in heaven with your brother Mike's and all the rest that went before you. Say hello to my brother's and we'll all be together again someday. Ronnie I love you and you will always be in my memories. I didn't even say anything of the times you and I drove to Houston just to eat lunch at Nino's. I have yes those were the days my friend . So rest in peace Bubba . Rest in peace. Alan Perdue

Posted by Alan Perdue - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   January 19, 2019

I will miss you Ronnie, always a good laugh, a great story and another adventure, so glad to call you my friend and not just a relative.

Posted by Sandra Jaynes - Onalaska, TX - Family   January 18, 2019

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