To view Bill's Life Tribute, Click Here. To view Bill's Service of Remembrance, Click Here. William "Bill" Branham, 93, of Oro Valley, passed away April 6, 2012. He was born in Washington, D.C. and met his wife Virginia, in Pensacola, FL, retiring from the Navy as a Captain. He then spent 30 years with World Book Encyclopedia, ending his career in Chicago, IL as CEO and Chairman of the Board. He spent his last 30 years in Arizona. Bill Branham jointed the US Navy for active duty in 1941. He retired from active duty in 1950 and continued another 10 years in the reserves, retiring as Captain USNR in 1961. He joined World book - Childcraft International, Inc. on September 5, 1950 as a representative; advanced through each sales management level to Vice-President in 1964; Senior vice-President and Director of International Sales in 1965; Executive vice - President and Director of International Operations in 1966; Executive Vice- President and Director of Sales (Domestic and International) in 1968; Executive Vice-President, Field Enterprises, Inc. (Parent company) in 1969; President and Chief Executive Officer - WBCI in 1971; Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in 1975; Chairman of the Executive Committee in 1979; Retired September 30, 1980. Bill was the Director of the Hillary Foundation and Dr. School foundation, Buehler YMCA, Direct Selling Association in Washington D.C. and the Direct Selling Education Foundation, The Howard V. Phalin Foundation for Graduate Study, The First National Bank and Trust, Board of Managers of the Metropolitan YMCA, Trustee of the Benedictine college, and the Board of Governors of the Meadow Club. Bill was always involved in his local church. At one point in Bill's life he thought to become a minister. He was on the session of the Barrington Presbyterian Church and on the Session and Mission Committee of the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church. The church Bill attended his last years was the Catalina Foothill Church in Tucson, Arizona where his daughter Becky and family attend. Bill was amazing in his business ethics and was sought for his wisdom and leadership. He always made time for his family which was the core of his life. He often said his success was because of his wife Virginia and her devoted support in his life's ventures. He played tennis with his children and friends, golf, and was involved with his son's Indian Guides and Little League. Bill was there to watch his children pursue their own hobbies of tennis and horseback riding. Bill loved to entertain and he was a people person and enjoyed his friends very much. His compassion for life is demonstrated by his associations with the above foundations and organizations. He believed that everyone in life has something of value and he could learn from every conversation. Bill was an extraordinary man....one who loved life, people, his family and dearly desired to live a Godly life....leave a legacy of devotion who touched everyone he met. Bill is also survived by his children, William (Kate) Branham, Jr., Elizabeth Churchill and Rebecca (Dr. William) LaMear; and 12 grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm Friday April 13, 2012 at Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley.