Lt. Col. Francis L. "Lee" Brownlee U.S.A.F. (Retd)

May 27, 1921November 25, 2012

Lt. Col. Francis Leland “Lee” Brownlee, Ret., U.S.A.F. Passed peacefully on Sunday from the arms of his loving family to the loving arms of the LORD. Lee was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart, best friend and wife of 69 years, Adell; his parents, M. L. (Leland) and Luella; and brother, Calvin. He is survived by his two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Don McClaugherty, Tyler and Carol and Mike Woolsey, Dallas; his three grandsons and their wives, Chad & Shannan, Scott & Mindy and Darin & Theresa; four great grandchildren, Luke, Aiden, Caleb & Abbey; and nephew, Martin. Lee was a very active member with the MacArthur Park Church of Christ in San Antonio, serving as a deacon and a Silver Server and starting a 25-year ministry to the widows and widowers of the congregation. He and Adell moved to Tyler in 2006 to be nearer their daughters. He was a contributing member at Shiloh Rd. Church of Christ at the time of death. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Lee completed high school in So. San Antonio and went on to serve his country in the U. S. Air Force. He completed his B.S. in Psychology at Trinity University on Operation Bootstrap, becoming an officer shortly thereafter. A World War II veteran, he completed his 30 years of service in 1970 after three overseas tours, four years at the Pentagon and numerous assignments in the U. S. Lee continued his long term residency in San Antonio while working ten years for the Texas Department of Human Resources before retiring for a second time. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1st at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 8:30-9:30 a.m. prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, the family


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lt. Col. Francis L. "Lee" Brownlee U.S.A.F. (Retd)

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Mina Mullins

December 3, 2012

Lee and Adelle were both wonderful, committed Christians and will be missed greatly. Hope the precious memories of them will linger with you all for many years to come. It was a blessing, just having them in our lives.
Mina Mullins, Northside Church of Christ

December 2, 2012

Lee and I both worked together for six years in the personnel office at the Texas Department of Human Resources. We were also both members at MacArthur Park Church of Christ. He was a true Christian gentleman in every sense of the word. I know he was tired and has now gone to a much better place, but we will certainly miss him. Lee enjoyed woodworking so much and now he is with our Savior and Master Carpenter, Jesus.

Don Brooks
San Antonio

November 30, 2012

Lee and I were Best Friends and first served together as "soldiers" in the United States Army Corps at Kelly Field and Ellington Field. I offer the family my Heartfelt Condolences on their loss. With great regret my own disability keeps me from being present at his services.
Lee, I'll be seeing you!!
Bernard McGaffigan, Lt. Col. (Ret.), USAF