MARTIN BROWNING, 84, of Katy, Texas, passed from this life on Tuesday December 22, 2009 in Katy. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday December 28, 2009 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Fortenberry officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mr. Browning was born August 17, 1925 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a son of Martin and Ethel Giles Browning. He and his sister later lived in Cass, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He then entered the U.S. Army, serving in WWII in the European Theater in England and France as an aircraft artillery gunner. He later moved to Paris, where he attended Paris Junior College and worked building roads, his foremost project being U.S. 82-West from Paris to Honey Grove. After leaving road construction he purchased a Skelly service station at the corner of 19th and Bonham streets, operating it until 1956, when he was among the first employees of UARCO, where he worked as a press operator. Later he was named assistant foreman of the press department, then as general foreman of the carbon plant. In 1974 he was transferred to Toccoa, Georgia, where he was a plant general superintendent. In 1980 he left UARCO to join Moore Paper Forms and Printing Co. in Houston as plant manager. He then opened his own printing business, Katy Business Forms, which he operated until 2000.
He married the former Billie Jo Dicken, daughter of Rev. L.E. and Ruth Marie Dicken on September 18, 1948 in Paris. She preceded him in death on July 11, 2008 after sixty years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and by a son, Ronnie Joe Browning.
Survivors include a son, Rick Browning and wife Patricia, of Paris; two daughters, Teresa Palmer and husband David, and Alisa Thompson, both of Katy; six grandchildren, Tyler Browning, of Paris, Jason Browning, of Rockwall, Wendy Chandler, of Paris, Sophie Palmer, Kyle Thompson, and Katie Thompson, all of Katy; two great-grandchildren, Hunter Browning of Katy, and Dylan Chandler, of Paris; and a sister, Bonnie Holly, of Doddridge, Arkansas.
Named to serve as pallbearers are Jason Browning, Tyler Browning, Shane McDowra, David Palmer, Kyle Thompson, Richard Estes and Michael Barbee.