Dr. Clifton V. Browning

April 28, 1945February 5, 2019

Dr. Clifton V. Browning, beloved professor and teacher, passed away on February 5, 2019, at the age of 73. He was preceded in death by his parents, June Jordan and Clifton V. Browning, Sr. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth (Frank) Madeline and her family; his two sisters, Carol Horne and Cinda (Tom) Smith; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Leak Memory Chapel at 10:00am with a Memorial Service to follow at 11:00am.

Dr. Browning graduated from Troy University with a Master’s Degree and from Auburn University with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. He was an English teacher at Carver High School , Jeff Davis High School, and St. James School and more recently, a professor of English at Auburn University at Montgomery. Harper Lee’s famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was one of his favorite books and he enjoyed the Harper Lee Festival held in Monroeville each year. He was a book enthusiast and many students loved his classes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 9, 2019

Dr. Clifton V. Browning

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Lytissue Allen

February 10, 2019

Student from J.D. High School. Great instructor. I always enjoyed his class. May you have eternal peace. You taught us well.

Lynn Walters

February 8, 2019

Just a recent student at AUM's OLLI Institute, but an ardent admirer of Professor Browning. His classes were always mind stretching and interesting. I looked forward to each one. His passing is a great loss in so many ways. Someday I hope to see him again in heaven. We'll have some discussions with our Father!

Jennifer Davis

February 6, 2019

Before I started my senior year at JD everyone said that you better not get Dr. Browning. Well the laugh was on them!! He was the best teacher I have ever had!!!! He was not the normal dull monotone teacher, instead he was boisterous and funny. He made the class fun. I will never forget the first day we stepped into his class for our senior year. He said we will go over English for two weeks and the rest of the year will be reading and essays. If you don’t know English by now well you will never know! He will be missed by many.