EUPORA – The Rev. Douglas Browning, 81, of Eupora, born Feb. 7, 1932, in Justice, W.Va., passed peacefully from his home into the arms of Jesus on March 27, 2013.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Webster County. The Rev. Sam Edwards, the Rev. Don Boren and the Rev. Jerrod Whittington will officiate.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mona Toler Browning and Elliott Browning; his stepmother, Virgie Browning; his first wife of 49 years, Marjorie Holland Browning; one son, Roger E. Browning; a sister, Alice Keene; a brother, Dallas Ray Browning.
The Rev. Browning came to know the Lord as his personal Savior about the age of 23. Soon he accepted the call to minister the word of God, by Word and Example. He came to Mississippi about 1957, preaching revivals with God being glorified as people were being saved by the grace of God, being sanctified and receiving the Holy Ghost and fire. Praying for God’s choice for a pastor’s wife, Marjorie attended one of his revival meetings and this was the beginning of their relationship. With her help and support, he pastored numerous churches in Mississippi including Taylor, Bruce, Mary Springs, Amory, Natchez, Fairview (Houston), Adams Abhor, Greenville, Eupora and Maben.
He and his family lived in Adrian, Mich., for eight years where they worked in the local church and he served as clerk and treasurer. They moved back to Mississippi after the death of his Dad, continuing his ministry and pastoring some of the churches listed above. He and his family operated the Eupora Motel for a number of years. Whatsoever thy hands find to do, do it with all thy might…. was an evident principle he lived by. He did repairs on many church buildings and also built new church buildings at Amory, Fairview and Greenville. He served as District Overseer for most of the churches where he pastored. Many have testified that, “If it had not been for Bro. Browning, I would not be serving the Lord today.” He was ordained Bishop in March of 1979 in The Church of God of Prophecy, with the certificate quoting Revelation 3:12 – “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out…” Rev. Browning was currently a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Verona, where he served as assistant minister to his wife, the Rev. Margaret Adams Browning, and taught Sunday School. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Pacific.
He is survived by his wife, the Rev. Margaret Adams Browning of Eupora; three sons, Clifford (Lucretia) Browning of Eupora, Earl (Christy) Adams of Houston, Kenny Adams (Chasidy Reynolds) of Pontotoc; two daughters, Melody Corbell (James) Bensend of Eupora, Judy Adams (Sid) Knight of Houston; five grandsons, Clay (Kristina) Browning of Starkville, Thomas Browning of Aberdeen, Nick Browning (Cayley McClellan) of Eupora, Landon Adams of Houston and Danny Smith (April Moore) of Houston; six granddaughters, Bethany Browning of Greenwood, Lillie Corbell of Eupora, Erin Bensend of West Point, Samantha (Marvin) Griggs of Okolona, Lauren and Lakyn Adams of Houston; three great-granddaughters, Misty and Alivia Griggs of Okolona, Brielle Bensend of West Point; one brother, Danny (Rita) Browning of Taylor, Mich.; two sisters, Ruth Wilson of Adrian, Mich., and Alma Browning of Ypsilanti, Mich. He also leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Chuck Grimsley, John Grimsley, Brock Carter, Tracy Brown, Trevor Shipman, David Boatman, Danny Smith and Landon Adams. All ministers in the Church of God of Prophecy are considered as honorary pallbearers.