ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Cleo Branch, born on November 17, 1972, and passed away on March 2, 2021. 
We will remember her forever.
Posted by Colette Jackson on April 28, 2021
I’ve known Cleo since she was in high school. Watching her grow, having her children,going through life’s challenges good or bad, Cleo was always a happy person. Always optimistic! I so admired that quality. No matter how much time would pass, we could always catch up and have great laughs and the best conversations! Cleo had the best sense of humor. A loyal friend unlike no other. I’m so devastated right now. It seems unreal to know that Cleo is not here. I will never forget you Cleo. I will always have you in my heart...
Posted by Regina PooleMcbride on April 28, 2021
Cousin I love you & gone miss you dearly, sorry you didn’t get a chance to meet my son you was excited and happy for me. I’m glad you took those positions out here we got to spend some good time for the holidays and JR birthday. You will never be forgotten. Hug & kiss my daddy for me & uncle buddy
Posted by Serenity Williams on April 28, 2021
Hey TT it’s your niece,

Thank you for opening my eyes to new adventures and new opportunities. Because of you, I can’t help but want to find a new place to try and experience when I’m in a new environment. Party is our family name and you were the life of it.
I also want to say thank you for giving me Jaden. Being born a year and a day apart, even with physical distance, you’ve always made sure to keep us together like glue through it all. It always seemed like we couldn’t stand each other, but I’ve been gifted another brother because of you.
I’m 18 now and it would seem like I would want to let the name go, but I’ll always be your Pooh-Pooh monster.

With love forever and always,
Serenity
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 19, 2021
My Mom was, is and forever will be my best friend, teacher, shero and inspiration to never giving up and living my life and doing what makes me happy despite the difficulties that I may face in life's test. She Blessed me with a name of great merrit and honor that I will forever be thankful and appreciate as long as I live reminding me that she as well as God will always have my back no matter what I do. My Mom also being my greatest father figure as well as a strong Queen did the impossible and taught young men how to be proud, respectable Kings. My Mom will forever be in my heart and will forever remain my whole world. I love you Ma and will forever love and miss you. Your first born, always your baby, proud, strong destined by God to be as great as you always knew I would be plus more.
    DeVaughn Theophilus Cox
           "Dae Dae"  
Don't worry Ma, I'm going to do everything I told you plus more through God and your love and I will do as you said and Celebrate You
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 15, 2021
Cleo we will always love you and cherish you until we meet again.

Love Donnie and Lisa
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 15, 2021
Hey mama it’s your bootsie, I miss you heavily and I wish things were different but that’s selfish of me. I’m glad you up there doing your thing having a good time, because knowing you I know you’re going to find some way to turn turn up. It won’t be the same without you down here especially cause you’re going to miss a lot and it hurts man, thinking about you daily and I always will. I can’t bring myself to cry anymore but I’m hurting and I will for a long time. I’m happy that you’re finally free, free from all the cares, worries, and stress this earth gave you, you deserved the best and nothing but that. You’re the perfect mother, woman, and person to me and I know that honestly and truthfully in my heart. You would forever fight for all four of us even if we were in the wrong, because that’s the type of mom you were you played no games, and I love you for that cause I would fight for you regardless of the matter mama. Even though your not here anymore, I’ll carry on your legacy forever and so will my kids and the kids after that, I promise you. Everything I do now is for you because nothing would be possible if it weren’t for you in the first place. I’ll take care of grandma and Santi to the best of my ability, so I got them you don’t need to worry mama get yo rest and relaxation up there. Love you endlessly and infinitely forever your son.

                                -Jaden
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 15, 2021
Cleo touched my life in so many ways that I will always remember her !
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
My memories of Cleo will forever remind me of what love, strength, adventure and liveliness is. I will admire, adore and cherish your beautiful spirit until we meet again...my big sister, friend, and favorite cuzzo.
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
For Cleo:

You were an additional mother figure to me from the day we met. Your voice alone could always bring me out of any bad mood and into happiness and keep me there. You always made me feel like one of your own and for that I am forever grateful. I always had a place in your home, at the table, and you'll always have a place in my heart, I love you.
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Our chocolate covered angel, although your time here was cut short, you left us with so many memories to enjoy when we're all alone feeling sad because we no longer have your physical form. But, that's ok, your spirit will be with us always. Your spirit will carry with us for eternity. I'll miss your sass. I'll miss hearing you say who we gotta fight Cedes? I'll miss your bright smile. I will miss your hugs. I'll miss you cooking for me or baking me cakes. I Will miss pulling up on you and Lina and having cocktails. Unsure when we will meet again, but I can guarantee we will. Our energy is forever aligned. Love you Cleo 
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Ms. Cleo Cox ..........aka “ Stop Punching me Cleo “! Yelled !, Felipe, Steve , and beco , was how Cleo would Greet her younger brothers with daily chest punches to get our attention and to make sure we stood tougher at attention, paying close attention to our surroundings was Cleo’s priority for me Bernell Beco , Felipe , and Steve Howard growing up in crime infested
Inglewood ,Ca ..

Cleo( is )a very knowledgeable sister that love to speak about her experiences living abroad in Germany in her early adult hood / Marriage.

Cleo would say “ you guys need to get out of this country to see other beautiful countries”

“ Hey you just might find your wives Cleo would joke with us about.

Cleo was a very motivated speaker that loved to stay current with the News channels providing her source of information from ( CNN) (MSNBC) ect making it very much possible to speak to Cleo about a broad array of different subjects because you just knew Cleo would call your bluff if the news didn’t / wasn’t able to justify your information lol, Making it an all out big huge huge Debate at any given time on any given day ..

You will always be with us , closer then what most ppl think .

“ What we think as life, is truly death , and what we think as death is truly “LIFE”

Rest easy Queen ,

Love Bernell G. Beco -ASE
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Smoke, you are truly missed, the void can never be explained. The love & joy you brought to this world is unparalleled and never forgotten. I love you a whole bunches! #smokelegacy
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
I think of Cleo and what comes to mind is her saying to me "Hey, Ma!" Smiling and waving. Me yelling back across the street, "Hey, Cleo.
She was 'CKNOWLEDGE' and in some ways an 'Old Soul'. She was everybody's Sister on West Queen. She would fuss at and take care of 'her little brothers'. Fight for them if necessary. She would listen to me complain and in that pragmatic way about her, be real, "straight, no chasers". Loving, big heart, fun, protecting, caring. This is what I will always remember and miss.
RIP, Cleo.
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
“Cleo, my first Niece Baby. Will Love and Cherish you forever.” 
Uncle Johnathan 
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
I will always love my mom and care about her too. I am going to miss all of the fun we had together and she was the only person to love me. We used to laugh together and play around together and now I cannot do that anymore because she is gone. Rest in peace mom, I love you! You're in a better place now.
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
To my darling Cleo, you loved your family with all of your heart and soul. You made sure that your children and your Mom were well taken care of, as well looking out for your younger brother, and other extended family members. Cleo will always hold a special place in my heart. REST IN PEACE UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN.
Love always,
Brenda Brice
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
I could write a book about you cuzzo. You were everything I ever needed in a favorite big cousin. If love were a person, it would be you. I will miss and cherish our memories. I love you forever, see you at the Crossroads,Bouk a Bouk
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
"From poetry, to life lessons you have experienced, that you passed on (wisdom), and from being a protective figure to just having good ol' plain fun. You will truly always be loved and missed. " 

Love Steve
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Cleo,
I think of you as a superhero: brave, knowledgeable and confident. Your superpower made others feel at ease in just about any situation, convincing us that” I got this, or I got you” and like your mother, you always had a plan.
Cleo you will forever be a part of our lives.

Love you,
Auntie Helen aka “Shu Shu”
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Cleo from the first day we met at Marina Del Rey Jr high school 37 years ago, I knew that our friendship would last forever. You were definitely
Candidly Straightforward, Loving, Open-hearted, kind, generous and sincere. You were consistent throughout the years and I appreciate you for being real. I love you and miss you like crazy. Life is not the same. My heart and soul is crushed but I know you are in awesome hands with our creator.
Love you forever!
Your friend,
D SIMMS

Until we meet again.
So Mote it Be!
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Our dearest "Cuzzo Cleo," memories of you bring us joy of the purest kind. Your presence filled the room with Light, Love, and Laughter. Clearly, the joy of the Lord was your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Thank you for always sharing your infectious joy with us.

Love you forever Cuzzo, Tenaya & Sheneta 
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Thank you so much for the 10 plus years of laughter, love, and joy in my life. I will always remember you. Your beautiful smile and heart of gold will never be forgotten. Even though my heart is hurting, I cannot be selfish just knowing that God has you in his glory. Rest in peace my friend/sister until we meet again.

Love and Missing You!

Patricia (Pat Pat) King
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 11, 2021
Cleo, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. However, goodbyes are not forever. They simply mean I’ll miss you, until we meet again. I feel really blessed to have seen and participated in the many phases of your life. I met you as a little girl, and watch you grow into one truly loving mother of four kids of your own! The passionate and loving spirit that you delivered on a daily bases will truly be missed, but not forgotten! That same love and passion was also shared with my kids! Not only did you always support me in my most difficult times but you also supported and put your fingerprints on my kids! I love you for that and for being that very special light.
Rest easy Cuzzo!
Your spirit will live on forever! Love You Always, and GOD Bless!

Cousin Duke
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
Cleo was like a daughter to me and that's the place she holds in my heart. I miss her, I miss her everything. Acts 24:15 says "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and unrighteous." If it is God's will, we will see each other again.

Aunt Ceceil
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
CLE, I will forever miss the way your presence lit up any room you entered. Your laugh, your smile...your friendship meant everything to me. Our convos for hours on end, the adventures, and the shenanigans... thank you for sharing so much of your life's journey with me and for always having my back. A piece of my heart is missing without you.
I love you ❤
Kenya "Ken" Solomon ️
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
From Gloria

I won't cry about the time we did not share together instead I will love, cherish, and hold every encouraging word dear and near to my heart as you were.

Love You Big Sis!

P.S. give daddy and granny a hug for me 
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
Cleo and I had some amazing conversations. She was the best listener and a great keeper of secrets. LA will never be same without Smoke!

Tan (Tmurda)
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
Hey my Smooth Mocha Butter Rastafarian!

I’m so thankful for your presence & position you played in my life. As a child, I enjoyed spending time with you, because you were definitely the fun cousin. Although you were heavy handed & I know it was for good reasons, because my hair was laid & bone straight. You always styled my hair beautifully & took pride in it. I always had fun with you, whether we were going to the beach, one of the boys games, & you took me to Vegas for the first time as a child. We always ate good & I’m going to miss you telling me about all your spots that turned out to be good. Experiencing you as a child is much different than as an adult, because I would always hear about your great advice & C-Knowledge who I didn’t know about. But, when I moved to California I experienced a good portion of it. I’ll miss our body oil, food, & astrology talks cause we could go on & on. You are truly a one of a kind type of woman & I pray you Rest In Peace.

Love,

Moggy
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
I will always remember the smile you had and laugh words can't express how much l will miss you but you will be in my heart always.

Aunt Mae 
Posted by Cleo's Family . on April 7, 2021
Summer of 1987 was my induction into the village and introduction to Cleo's adventurous love of life. They are among the major reasons I live in LA today. Cleo and I became great friends and soon family.

I love you Cknowledge. Family Forever!

Sha'

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Colette Jackson on April 28, 2021
I’ve known Cleo since she was in high school. Watching her grow, having her children,going through life’s challenges good or bad, Cleo was always a happy person. Always optimistic! I so admired that quality. No matter how much time would pass, we could always catch up and have great laughs and the best conversations! Cleo had the best sense of humor. A loyal friend unlike no other. I’m so devastated right now. It seems unreal to know that Cleo is not here. I will never forget you Cleo. I will always have you in my heart...
Posted by Regina PooleMcbride on April 28, 2021
Cousin I love you & gone miss you dearly, sorry you didn’t get a chance to meet my son you was excited and happy for me. I’m glad you took those positions out here we got to spend some good time for the holidays and JR birthday. You will never be forgotten. Hug & kiss my daddy for me & uncle buddy
Posted by Serenity Williams on April 28, 2021
Hey TT it’s your niece,

Thank you for opening my eyes to new adventures and new opportunities. Because of you, I can’t help but want to find a new place to try and experience when I’m in a new environment. Party is our family name and you were the life of it.
I also want to say thank you for giving me Jaden. Being born a year and a day apart, even with physical distance, you’ve always made sure to keep us together like glue through it all. It always seemed like we couldn’t stand each other, but I’ve been gifted another brother because of you.
I’m 18 now and it would seem like I would want to let the name go, but I’ll always be your Pooh-Pooh monster.

With love forever and always,
Serenity
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In Loving Memory of Cleo LaParsha Branch

Cleo LaParsha Branch was born 11/17/1972 to Theophilus(Ted) Branch and Linda Williams in Chicago, llinois. She lived in Harvey, Illinois until the age of 10, when she moved to Oakland, California. She relocated to the Los Angeles area, graduated from Marina Del Rey Junior High School, Venice High School and Los Angeles Community College where she received an Associate Degree in Radiology Technician. Cleo loved to explore, travel, meet people and party. She lived a few years in Germany and Texas. She was preceded in death by her Father, both Grandmothers and Grandfathers, and 4 Uncles.

Cleo leaves behind her Mother Linda Williams, Brother Felipe Williams, a Daughter Asanti Cox, 3 Sons - Devaughn Cox, Devin Cox and Jaden Williams. Grandchildren - Araya and Jasya Cox, Neyland Cox. A Sister - Gloria Branch and Brothers - Ted Branch Jr. and Quintrell Johnson  Niece Serenity Williams and Nephew Felipe Williams Jr. Aunts - Ceceil Williams, Joyce Williams, Mae Williams, Gwen Williams, Armetris Turner, Armedia Parham and Uncles - Johnathan Williams(Ray) and Elbert Williams(Helen). Cousins - Felicia Gholson, Darnell Williams(Lisa), Tyreeta Williams, Sonja Williams, Sheila Jackson-Cox(Darnell), Muriel Poole, Regina Poole, Reginald Poole(JR), Demetrius Miller, Lindy Young, Renard Williams(Tracy), Alshadar Evans(Lucious), Tenaya Williams(Mark), Sheneta Vaughn, Quinton Williams, Rochelle Williams and Adam Branch(Marisa).There are a host of other and honorary relatives, friends and acquaintances that Cleo also leaves behind.

Cleo, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. You managed to touch everyone you met in so many different ways. I always said you, Helen and Joyce could never meet a stranger. You managed to leave your essence behind to remind everyone that there is only  the OG Cknowledgee. Meet me at the Crossroads. With nothing but loving thoughts your entire Family.


Recent stories

Gone but never forgotten

Shared by Felicia Gholson on April 30, 2021
With all the years passed without Us seeing each other physically, I will never forget that Beautiful Smile,and Kind Heart you had as alittle girl,You grew up to be a such Beautiful Woman,filled with so much love and anyone who spent a minute with you,knew you were full of Love,and Positive Energy, baby cuz you may be gone but you will never be forgotten..Love you Always

Sherées Tribute to Cleo

Shared by Cleo's Family . on April 27, 2021
You showed your love to all you held close to your heart by giving them a nick-name, only used by you, and this is how you birthed all your relationships. However, because your heart was so big, EVERYONE should have a Cleo nickname. 
Oh, how we all want to hear you call them now!
These name were so enduring to us all because it was the right of passage to your heart, and I still remember the day I got mine, Ray-Ray. I was secretly so proud to have earned your unconditional love and gained the sister I had never had.  
You may have been far in distance, but you always stayed so very close to my heart.  Although the same blood did not flow through our hearts, their beats still remained in-sync, as Sisters hearts should.  Now that we have a new type of distance, we have a new type of rhythm to our heartbeats, and they will forever be in Sync!
Forever, Love, 
Your Sister-In-Love Sherée, aka Ray-Ray, 
Niece Serenity, aka Poo-Poo Monster, 
and Nephew,Felipe Jr. aka Fluffy Plump-kins

Love of Cleo "CKnowlegde" Branch By Tige Hardwick

Shared by Cleo's Family . on April 27, 2021
I first like to Thank God for allowing me to share such a beautiful journey called life with Cleo, (my friend, my counselor, my doctor, and my sister from another mother.) We had an amazing time on our journey and there are many things I can say about her and what I will say is that she loved humanity. People were important to her. With that being said, She could find a friend where ever she traveled to. She, "YeeYo" is what I called her, showed me things and places I would have never attempted to go or see if it was not for YeeYo. 

Every time, I told her I was not doing something or going somewhere YeeYo would laugh at me and shack her head cause she knew that I would be right there with her no matter what. YeeYo was one of the kind, most patient, and loving people I have ever meet in my life. You and I could tell when you got under her skin, but she would just let you be you, As she would say "here's the thing" that's when I knew you were not going to like what she had to say, LOL. 
When it came to living she did just that. She would live for you if she had to. YeeYo was everything she could be to and for a lot of people even for someone else that she did not know that well. and I will always love her for this. My ears have ached many days and nights to hear her voice on the phone and my eyes will cry many tears but most importantly you will always be loved in my heart!
FLY HIGH AND SPREAD YOUR WINGS YeeYo"!
Soar across the lands cause you will forever be missed, 
Love you, My Friend
Your TigeeBooBoo