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Edgar Raymond Browning


BROWNING, Edgar Raymond, 87, born Sept. 10, 1933, in Topeka, KS, died July 29, 2021, in Hendersonville, NC, He was the son of Ralph Edgar Browning and Lois Vena Bullock Lewis. He attended Walla Walla College, Union College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, and Andrews University where he received a Master of Arts in Teaching in the field of math. Edgar began his career in the role of combination pastor/teacher in an Adventist church and school in Texas. In more than 50 years teaching in the Seventh-day Adventist school system he taught in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Iowa, Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Missouri. Edgar loved music and served as church pianist and organist for many years. For a few years there were two organs (his instrument of choice), a piano, and various other instruments in his home including recorders, clarinets, a coronet and a musical saw which he learned to play from his father. Several of his teaching assignments included serving as choir and band director. He was proud to tell people that his father was a minister,

and often accompanied his father on the piano for church music. Later, it was his joy to perform music with his wife and children. He particularly enjoyed organ/piano duets with his son, Tim. His love for children was shown as he and his wife, Etha, opened their home to many “foster” children in need of their loving care. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Riggan Browning; two sisters, Shirley Browning Kharns and Doris Browning Sanders; a brother, Howard Browning; a son, Leonard Cooney; and one granddaughter. Edgar is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Etha Rae Harris Browning; four daughters, Laura Hetterle (Lonnie) of Denver, CO, Robin Fosler (Steve) of Como, CO, Barbara Lawson (Gary) of Wenatchee, WA, Carol Cosaert (Carl) of Walla Walla, WA; three sons, Jonathan Cooney (Tabitha) of Cleveland, TX, Roy Edgar (Kristen) Browning of Spokane, WA, Timothy Browning (Rebecca) of Hendersonville, NC; 24 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, foster children and students who loved him dearly.

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