The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


January 30, 2014

Harold “Bear” Browning

— Harold Ray “Bear” Browning, 68, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Limestone Health Facility.

Mr. Browning was born June 30, 1945, in Limestone County to Benton Browning and Annie Willis Browning. He was a lifetime member of Sardis Springs Baptist Church. He graduated from East Limestone High School. He retired from Amoco in Decatur. He enjoyed photography.

The funeral for Mr. Browning will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Sardis Springs Baptist Church. The viewing hour is 10-11 a.m. Burial will be in Sardis Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Tim Keenum and Charles Simmons officiating.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Browning; son, Dewayne Browning and wife Dianna; daughters, Gayla Patterson and husband Wayne, Melanie Daniel and husband Donnie, Lisa Norton, Cathy Pirtle and husband Gregg; brother, Donnie Browning and wife Sally; sister, Shirley Dilworth and husband Harold; grandchildren, Chris Browning, Robert “Pete” Browning, Karyl Haynes, Genie Padilla, Monica Collier, Eric Collier, Anna Kate Patterson, Josie Patterson, Kristen McCubbins, Whitney Burchell, Caleb Pirtle, Baylee Pirtle and Nick Daniel; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his Amoco co-workers. Honorary pallbearers are his Coffee Pot friends.

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