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Drew Taylor Browning

July 13, 1987May 30, 2018
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Drew Taylor Browning, 30, of Pearl, passed from this life Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Visitation will be 6:00-7:00pm, Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, June 1, 2018, in the funeral home chapel. Private inurnment services will be held at a later date in Lakeland Place Garden Park cemetery.

Drew was born July 13, 1987, in Flowood, Mississippi.

Drew’s love of music and art began early and his passion for expressing himself through these avenues only grew as did his talents. Drew played piano and guitar and composed several original melodies, some of which have been published. A gifted artist, he enjoyed working within several mediums including pencil and ink drawing, but painting with acrylics was his primary joy. Drew served as a chef for several area restaurants over the years, and his culinary presentations were another way of expressing his personal interests.

Drew regularly attended The Exchange Church and his hobbies included spending time with his friends, family, and his beloved cat, Benjamin.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Carolyn Browning; brothers, Josh Browning and wife Ashley, and Reid Browning; girlfriend, Pam Dement; niece, Lily Browning; aunt, Sherry Toney; and cousins, Sheila Toth, Tangy Brown, and Olivia Brown.

Memorials may be made to the Gateway Rescue Mission at www.gatewaymission.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Larry & Carolyn Browning, Parents
  • Josh Browning & wife Ashley, Brother
  • Reid Browning, Brother
  • Pam Dement, Girlfriend
  • Lily Browning, Niece
  • Sherry Toney, Aunt
  • Cousins: Sheila Toth, Tangy Brown and Olivia Brown

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 1, 2018
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Carolyn Browning

June 22, 2018

Today at noon, Gateway Mission hosted a pizza, salad and dessert party for 150 kids in honor of Drew's birthday (7/13). Pizza was the only food group that Drew truly enjoyed...daily. Grateful to Gateway for providing the students of George Elementary School (closed last year by JPS) a summer lunch program.

Ashley Browning

June 4, 2018

When I first moved to Pearl at age 16 there were a few people in my grade who really took me under their wing including Drew my now brother in law who was great friends with Marty Bowen, Brad Alexander, and Michael Gray. They showed me a whole new side of life and new friend groups, and never let me eat alone at at the high school lunch table! I was nervous to make friends but they always had something to go do or see that was new to me! I truly enjoyed all the late nights swimming, football games going to Bright Park or just hanging out with whomever they all introduced me to. The people Drew in particular introduced me to became both our long lasting friend groups well into our twenties and present day. I ended up marrying his smart, loving and kind hearted brother which helped me learn even more about who Drew really was. We shared some of the same struggles whether it was feeling way too low or letting anxiety get the best of us, but we never gave up! I’ll think of him every day and remember the good times like when he would get us lost coming back from trips to see music which made the trip even more fun, (and yes forced me to go ask for directions and a map.) I will also always treasure the bad times we all learned from, and of course the memories of the uncle he was to our precious daughter. He truly loved his friends and family, all of our kids, even our pets. He truly wanted to make us all laugh and to lighten up, which I can very much relate to. Drew, we love you. —- love, smashley

Kutter Mclaughlin

June 4, 2018

I met Drew when I was 16. I was naive, arguably a bit uptight and absolutely had awful taste in music—among other embarrassing traits that he would help relieve me of over the years. He was a delivery driver and we caught him between deliveries. He jokingly patronized me right off the bat, he being years ahead of my then current way of thinking—i liked him instantly. Over the years he shaped my adult friend group, my taste in music, the way i play music, my sense of humor, taste in movies and how to use humor to find like minds... and i know I’m just one of many who can claim that he shaped how we identify and choose friends. Nothing was beyond being laughed at, if he was anything... it was irreverent.

I could write a thousand of these and still have more.... it wouldn’t seem enough, because rain or shine, a conversation with drew was almost always more memorable than anything else you’d be doing. A little piece of our identity is gone with him. I wish i were more eloquent so he could have the words a character as big as he was deserved, but there’s honestly too much to convey.

Love you brother, I’ll think about you every time i pick a guitar up... or see my son play. Thanks for getting him started on it.... and everything else.

Carolyn Browning

June 2, 2018

Drew Taylor Browning entered this world loved by parents and a big brother. It was two weeks, however, before Joshua wanted to know “When are they coming to take him back?” Joshua’s turf had been invaded!

But two brothers they were, inseparable. Drew was always ready for fun and Joshua was always trying to keep him safe. Joshie and Drew Baby were quite the pair, best friends. And of course, in the middle of everything was their sidekick, Noah. According to them, “The best dog in the world!”

Then came, Reid...surprise! Another brother, 12 years under! It was amazing how much love and pride he took in Reid. Drew took great care to show him how to do things, read books and played with him as long as he wanted. One of our favorite pictures is of all three boys laying in the floor playing video games. Reid never knew that his controller was not plugged up…they just bragged on him like he really did something and had fun. Compassion-one of our boys greatest gifts.

Drew was very proud of his brothers. He was in awe of Joshua's computer savvy and amazed at Reid's musical talents. He loved them very much and wished that he could be just like them in so many ways.

Mimi was the love of their life, as every grandmother should be, picking them up from school, baking cookies, spoiling them rotten. Drew always had a special bond with her and will be placed beside her tomorrow. He would love that so much. Best friends…photo below from Mimi's funeral.

Another highlight in Drew's life was the birth of his niece, Lily. They had so much fun playing cards, coloring and creating shapes with play-doh. Lily would light up when Uncle Drew came home. He was totally in love and wrapped around her little finger.

He will be greatly missed, greatly loved, and talked about every day. He had an infectious laugh and tried to find the good in everyone. Drew had many struggles in life, but never gave up. He loved his family so much....Drew = Love

Angelina Noel

June 1, 2018

I moved to Pearl at 15 years old, Drew was one of the first friends I made, and one of the few to have a huge impact on my life. He was a brother to me, taught me that you don't have to be blood to be family. We had so much fun just driving around listening to music and playing at the park like the big kids we were. The best years of my life were spent with him, and helped shape me into who I am today.
Thank you for creating such an amazing human being. ❤

Brenda Wall

June 1, 2018

To Mr. and Mrs. Browning:

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. I pray that God will be with you and heal your hearts. I met and talked with Drew several times. He was such a nice young man. God bless all of your family.

Sincerely,

Brenda Wall
Ashley's Mother

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Biography

Drew Taylor Browning, 30, of Pearl, passed from this life Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Visitation will be 6:00-7:00pm, Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Memorial services will be held at 10:00am, Friday, June 1, 2018, in the funeral home chapel. Private inurnment services will be held at a later date in Lakeland Place Garden Park cemetery.

Drew was born July 13, 1987, in Flowood, Mississippi.

Drew’s love of music and art began early and his passion for expressing himself through these avenues only grew as did his talents. Drew played piano and guitar and composed several original melodies, some of which have been published. A gifted artist, he enjoyed working within several mediums including pencil and ink drawing, but painting with acrylics was his primary joy. Drew served as a chef for several area restaurants over the years, and his culinary presentations were another way of expressing his personal interests.

Drew regularly attended The Exchange Church and his hobbies included spending time with his friends, family, and his beloved cat, Benjamin.

Survivors include his parents, Larry and Carolyn Browning; brothers, Josh Browning and wife Ashley, and Reid Browning; girlfriend, Pam Dement; niece, Lily Browning; aunt, Sherry Toney; and cousins, Sheila Toth, Tangy Brown, and Olivia Brown.

Memorials may be made to the Gateway Rescue Mission at www.gatewaymission.org.