The Life’s Journey of Brandon Wendell Thatch
Brandon Wendell Thatch, son of Brenda J. Thatch and John B. Kelly, was born on September 29, 1970, in Norfolk, Virginia. Our beloved Brandon, who was affectionately known as Putt-Putt, peacefully departed this life in the early morning hours of Monday, February 10, 2020, in his sleep.
Putt-Putt is a graduate of Norview High School, Class of ‘89, where he played on the football team and developed a brotherhood and life-long friendship with his teammates. He later joined the United States Army. Once discharged, Putt-Putt pursued a career as a barber.
Putt-Putt was known for his jovial spirit. He was the life of the party, and there was never a dull moment around him. It is no secret that his life took some paths that he wished could be re-lived, but Putt-Putt owned his mistakes. Therefore, he was able to maintain a positive attitude with the understanding and appreciation that he served a gracious and forgiving God. Putt-Putt was excited for his second chance and was focused and determined to live life to the fullest.
The memories of Putt-Putt will be cherished by his 2 sons, Brandon and Brenton Thatch; his daughter, Brenaya Thatch; his mother, Brenda Joyce Thatch; his brother, Twayne Johnson; his sister, Kimberly Church; his Uncle Ronald Thatch (Mary) whom he shared a very special relationship with, his Uncle Linwood Taylor, and Uncle Reginald Kelly; his aunts Juritus Thatch and Barbara Story; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a community like none other, Norview4Life.
He was preceded in death by his father, the late John B. Kelly; his loving sister, Paula Kelly Howard; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.