Robert Edward Browne III

Robert Edward Browne, III

SPARTANBURG, SC-- Robert Edward Browne, III, 89, husband of Anne Haskell Lindsey Montague Browne of Spartanburg, died Monday, November 8, 2010. Born in Columbia, SC, on July 4, 1921, Mr. Browne was the son of the late Robert Edward Browne, Jr. and Roberta Gould Shaw Dargan Browne.
He graduated from University High School and graduated from the University of South Carolina Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1942. Prior to graduation, Mr. Browne had volunteered for training as a pilot in the United States Naval Air Corps, and after receiving his flight training and commission, he was assigned to the Caribbean Sea frontier for a few months before being transferred to the Central Pacific Theater of Operations. After being injured in a crash, he was returned to Kaneohe Bay Naval Hospital and upon discharge from the hospital, was assigned as an Operation Officer for Admiral John Dale Price.
When discharged from the service, he attended the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1947 as a Dean's List student. After graduation, he lived in Wilmington, NC, and was Commerce Counsel for Atlantic Coastline Railroad Company. While in Wilmington, he was a member of Carolina Yacht Club and L'Arioso German Club.
In 1952, he moved to Spartanburg and joined the late T. Sam Means, Jr. in the practice of law. The firm expanded over the years and he was the senior shareholder of Butler, Means, Evins & Browne, P.A., prior to his death.
He was a member of the Spartanburg County Bar Association, served as Vice President on two different occasions, and received the Chief Justice Claude A. Taylor Award from that Association; a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, and was a founding member of the Fee Disputes board; a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association; and served for many years as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, where he served as advisor to the Youth Group, as Secretary of the Vestry for many years, as Trustee of the Church, Administrator of the Church Cemetery, and was Chancellor of the Church. As a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, he served as Secretary of the Standing Committee for many years, on the Board of Trustees for Kanuga Conference Center, on the Board of Trustees for York Place, and served on the Search Committee for the first Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.
He served as a founding member of the Board of Trustees of South Carolina Retarded Children's Habilitation Center. He was a former member of the Spartanburg Country Club and a member of the Piedmont Club of Spartanburg.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Haskell Lindsey Montague Browne; his daughter, Sarah "Sally" Hampton Lindsey Browne Jenkins of Charleston, SC; his son, Edward Montague Browne and his wife Paula Faulkner Browne of Louisville, KY; and a granddaughter, Anne Lindsey Montague Jenkins of Charleston, SC.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, conducted by the Rev. J. Edward Morris and the Rev. Deacon Thomas L. Murphy, III. The family will receive friends following the service in the Parrish and Community Life Center. A private interment will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Cemetery in Columbia, SC.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Special Needs Fund, 120 Heywood Avenue, Suite 300, Spartanburg, SC 29302; or to St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic, P.O. Box 3466, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10, 2010