April 13, 1906
The subject of this notice was born July 14th 1835 and was married first to Miss Catherene W. Honaker in 1860. This union was blessed with three children, two sons and one daughter, all still living. His first wife died April 20th 1875; and he was again married to Miss Elizabeth S. Honaker in 1876. Brother Browning was converted in 1857 and joined the M. E. Church South and was licensed to exort in 1872 at a quarterly meeting at Esther's Chapel, Rev. H. W. Bays, P. C., and E. W. Moore, P. E., and would of been 71-years old his next birthday. He departed this life at his home in Russell county, Va., near Sulphur Spring, February 1st 1906.
Rev. B. N. Browning
As his pastor I want to lay this flower on this dear good man's grave, and say it was my good pleasure to be with him twice during his illness. At my last visit during the prayer he responded frequently and weeped for joy and said he was ready, and his great regret as he talked after prayer was as he looked back, he said as he talked with tears running down his face: "O! I see so many times and places I could of said something for the Lord but I was too busy about other things." What a lesson to us. He was a true, good man in every sense of the word; stood by his pastors and the church; a strong preacher, loved and esteemed by all; an honorable, high toned christian gentleman, strictly honest and truthful. He was kind, tender and loving in his home with his family; an affectionate husband and father. His last wife survives him and the three children. These with a large number of other relatives and a host of acquaintances and friends to mourn his departure, but theirs and our loss is his eternal gain, and all know where to find him.
The ritual service by his pastor, assisted by Rev. Robt. Cross, (an old friend) was held at Sulphur Spring church, a large congregation being present.
JAMES A. GREENING.