SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Richard Francis Browning, 95, Southlake, Texas, formerly of Grapevine, Texas, Tilton and Marlborough, Mass., died Sunday, May 11, 2014.
He and Mary A. Owens were married for 54 years. Born Feb. 14, 1919, in Marlborough, Mass., he was the son of the late Henry and Josephine Browning. He graduated from Marlborough High School and Capital Radio Institute Washington, D.C.
Richard joined the Army
Air Force and became a pilot; and as a 1st Lieutenant, flew the B-25 Mitchell Bomber in the South Pacific during World War II
(125 missions). Upon his return, he and his brother, Weston, founded Browning Brothers Builders in Northborough, Mass.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlborough and served in many areas of the church (Sunday school teacher, Superintendent, Deacon and Chairman of Deacons). He and his wife cared for foster children from 1962-1968; two of which remain with them. They adopted three children. In 1970 the family moved to Tilton. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and attended Calvary Independent Baptist Church. He was actively involved in his children's sports and activities as well as coaching the Tilton-Northfield Lassie League. Additionally, the family received several Exchange Students from around the world.
In 2000, he and his wife moved to Grapevine, Texas where they became members of First Baptist Church Grapevine.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; and children, Karen Parks, Canton, Mass., Darryl Browning, Rosehill, Kan., Julie Browning, Santiago, Chile and Janet Bomboy, Southlake, Texas; grandchildren, Jason Parks, Angela Howard, Cherish Taylor, Joshua Motles, Briana Motles, Evan Bomboy, Daniel Motles, Hailey Browning, Carver Bomboy, Richard Browning and Genevieve Browning; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church Grapevine.
Burial will follow at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Winnisquam Regional Babe Ruth Softball League; PO Box 432, Tilton, NH 03276. Richard's kindness will be lovingly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Arrangements by J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home, Grapevine, Texas.