Max Glen Brannen, Sr, 75, of Statesboro, GA passed away March 11, 2022 after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mary Brannen, and his wife Joyce Brannen. Prior to his passing, he was comforted by visits from lifelong friends. He passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.
Max is best known for making the best fried chicken in the ‘Boro stemming back to Max’s Chicken and Maryland Fried chicken in the early 80s. He then opened and managed Popeyes during the late 80s and 90s. His exceptional customer service and love of cooking led him to branching out to Georgia Southern’s campus during the early football championship years where he provided home cooked southern meals to almost every football eagle that came through during this time. Surprisingly, they happily chose to pay for lunch instead of eating for free at Landrum because they knew they were getting a warm welcoming face and leaving with a belly full of good food. After his restaurant career, he started another one at Georgia Pacific where he retired after twenty years of service.
He leaves behind his cherished children: Max Brannen, Jr (Tina) of Mount Pleasant, SC, Jennifer Brannen of Greenville, SC, and Robbie Brannen of Statesboro, GA; his three step-children: John Anderson (Hayley) of Springfield, GA, Derrick Anderson (Amy) of Newington, GA and Donita Griffith of Rincon, GA; thirteen grandchildren: Jamie Brannen, Taylor Brannen, Reese Brannen, Mason Brannen, Albrey Grovenstein, Matthew Shuman, Stephen Shuman, John Ryan Anderson, Abby Anderson, Amber Anderson, Dillon Anderson, Joy Griffith, and Jordan Griffith; two great-grandchildren Alani Brannen and Talayah Brannen.
The family deeply appreciates the love and care that was provided by Barbara Burnsed, his girlfriend of three years.
A Memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Deal Funeral Directors on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 3:00 PM with visitation one hour prior to the service beginning at 2:00 PM.