Browning Funeral Home

141 West Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863 | 662-489-4141 | MAP

History of Browning Funeral Home
Browning Funeral Home was established in Ecru in 1909, when E.L. Browning bought a hardware and furniture store. Factory-built caskets were one of the items sold by the store, leading Browning into the funeral business. His son, Brantley later joined him in the business.

Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo performed the business’s embalming. When a tornado struck Tupelo in 1936, Brantley realized the need for more morticians in the area and enrolled in mortuary school in St. Louis. When he returned home in 1940 as a licensed embalmer, his services were used in Ecru, Pontotoc, Ripley, Houston and Okolona.

After E.L. Browning’s death in 1959, E.L.’s son-in-law, D.D. Sneed, and Brantley continued business, with Bobby Parker as embalmer and funeral director.

The funeral home was purchased in 1986 by Ronnie Browning, Brantley’s son. The owners at the time were Mable West Browning, Ronnie’s mother; and his aunts, Jewel Sneed and Emily Browning.

In 1992, Ronnie sold the business to the Lowen Group, which later became the Alderwoods Group. In 2006, the Browning Funeral Home was acquired by an affiliate of Service Corporation International.

Today, we’re proud to be a member of the Dignity Memorial® network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. Browning Funeral Home began with a commitment to a high standard of service, and throughout our history we have continued to lead and innovate while maintaining that same high standard. Everyone at Browning Funeral Home is proud to uphold our heritage and commitment to our community.

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