February 2, 1930 – November 4, 2018
Gene Clayton Browning, 88, passed away on November 4, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam E. Browning, Sr. and Odell Hawkins Browning, and his brothers, Jackie Browning and Sam Browning, Jr. He is survived by his wife of of 65 years, Jacqueline Jean Browning; daughter Judy White (Roland); son, Ronnie Browning (Pam); granddaughters, Jennifer Turley (Ben), Christi Perez (John); great-grandchildren, Bailey Perry, Madilyn Miller, Amelia Perez, Caleb Perez, Bella Turley, Olivia Turley, Brooks Turley; sisters-in-law, Phoebe Browning and Joyce Smith; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Clayton was a child of God, loving husband, amazing father, grandfather, and friend. He loved his church and served as an elder for 50 years at the Branchville C.P. Church. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. He served as Trustee of the Alabama Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranches for many years. He retired from American Cast Iron Pipe Company with 35 years’ service. The family is eternally grateful for the wonderful care and love he received from Nicole Hopkins, Santrecia Kelly, the staff at UAB Neurosurgery Unit, Diversicare Rehab of Pell City, and the Branchville C.P. Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 2PM at Kilgroe Funeral Home in Leeds with visitation from 12PM to 2PM and burial to follow at Branchville Cemetery. Pallbearers are Herman Brasher, Ricky Crocker, Ernie Dorsett, Eddie Harless, Gary Martin, and Mickey Thomason. Officiating the service is Brother Lewis Thomas with music by Skip and Lisa Simpson. Visit us online at www.kilgroefuneralhome.com Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directing.
Written by Jackson Smith
January 6, 2019
To my children of Odenville-
Today another icon of mine gained his angel wings! Clayton Browning crossed the River Jordon to begin his first ten thousand years, and in doing so another light went out in our town. My entire life has been lived basking in the light of a good man; a honorable man, a man not known for being in the forefront of community politics, instead he was known as a man who just took care of business. In every cause if you looked out into the crowd coming to the rescue of anything community you would see Clayton in the midst.
Browning family know this; you are in my thought and prayers as well as those folks in this ol valley that Clayton called home. May a loving God wrap you in His peace and comfort.
January 6, 2019
If you had the privilege of knowing Clayton Browning, you know that he was such a good man. He was a child of God, provider and loving husband, father and amazing grandfather and great grandfather. He was the most hard-working, toughest man I have ever known but his heart was pure gold. He lived a long, almost 89 year, good life. He was a blessing to our family and we will cherish his memory always.
January 6, 2019
My pawpaw's smile and laugh were so contagious. He never ceased to put a smile on my face. He taught me so many life lessons and he was a true role model in my life. He was the foundation of our family. Someone to look up to and someone who was always there. He considered his family the most precious thing, but really, we were the ones who were truly blessed for having him.
January 6, 2019
Our pawpaw was definitely one to remember. We shared countless time together that are now going to be my most treasured memories. Thinking about it now, it's the simple times I cherish the most... like sitting around playing checkers and listening to him telling me stories of his "glory days". He beat me every single time. He was a wiz at checkers! But, he was an amazing cheater. Pawpaw also had a clever way of cracking jokes and his sense of humor was infectious.
His love was unconditional and he showed us all how much he loved us every day. For those of you who didn't know my pawpaw as well as I did, he was selfless and would give you the shirt from his own back if it meant helping someone in need. Since I can remember, pawpaw and I shared a bond that some may not quite understand. After all, I made him a great grandfather. Maybe that is why I felt like I should say something today. He would be proud of me. But as the sarcastic comments and long coffee breaks go, I will most definitely never forget the moments we shared along with all of our family and friends here today. If there is one important thing that he would've wanted everyone here to know, it's that no matter what happens, first have faith, work hard and get the job done. He worked hard everyday of his life. He loved his land and farm. Up until the very end, he could still out-work any of us on any day. Also, he would say to enjoy life. love hard, especially your family and friends. He did! Know that this life is only temporary and just a stepping stone along the way. He would want us to be happy knowing that he is in a better place. Lastly, he would always say " you've got to stand for something or you'll fall for anything. He lived and died by those words.
I am blessed to have had the chance to live 16 years under the influence of such a great man, Clayton Browning. I think my stubbornness comes directly from him. Anyone that knows him, knows how hard-headed and stubborn he was.
November 7, 2018
Precious memories will sustain you and yours through the coming days and seasons, Your Clayton leaves a legacy of goodness and mercy in his wake. You are in our thoughts and prayers.