SALEM, Ark. – Hugh Dale Browning was born in New Hope, Ky., on June 15, 1940, the son of Joseph Hugh and Annie Nathalie (Williamson) Browning. He departed this life on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his home in Salem, Ark., at the age of 73 years, 9 months, and 7 days.
Hugh was united in marriage to Hazel Louise Asbury on Sept. 19, 1960, in Sterling. He served in the Navy. He was an electrician and foreman with Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. for many years. Hugh was a member of Southfork River Regulators, Patriots, EAA of Osh Kosh, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9777, the National Rifle Association, and the Airport Commission.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel of Salem; two daughters, Dawn Anthony and husband, Bill, of Salem, and Michelle Browning of Splendor, Texas; two sons, Jeff Browning and wife, Leah, and Tom Browning and wife, Kelly, all of Salem; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Veronica and Camillia; two brothers, Doug and wife, Robin, and Jerome and wife, Jackie; and many other relatives and friends.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Joseph Hugh Browning; two brothers, Mike and Jeff; and one sister, Jennifer.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the VFW Hall in Salem, followed by the funeral at 1 p.m. today at the hall, with Brother Ron Hammond officiating. Interment will be at Salem Cemetery, with services under direction of Barker Funeral Home of Salem.
Memorials preferred to Wounded Warriors Project or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Pallbearers are William Anthony, Roger Thompson, Steve Clark, Mark Anthony, Dave Campbell, Tom Browning, and Grey Windham.