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Charles Brannon, beloved Allentown volunteer, passes away

He fed Allentown's needy for nearly two decades.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Charles Brannon, the man who served soup to Allentown’s needy for 17 years, has passed away, according to his family.

Charles had been battling an illness in the hospital after collapsing in his home; it took two days for someone to find him.

69 News first told Charles’ story in September 2016 when he “retired” from the soup kitchen after so many years of volunteering.

The next time 69 News caught up with Charles, he was in the hospital fighting for his life; sadly, it was a battle he would not win.

Alysha Brannon, Charles’ granddaughter, says Charles passed away peacefully and comfortably with some of his best friends by his side.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe account has been set up for Charles’ funeral expenses. Memorial service plans are likely to be posted there, as well.

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