Fred Carson Browning, 73, of Sojourner Road, Valdese, NC, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC while surrounded by his family. Born in Burke County, NC on November 19, 1933, he was the son of the late Mack Duff Browning and Katie Buff Browning. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Devaude, Charles, Wesley, and Ralph Browning, and an infant brother, Rufus Browning. Fred worked for Crestline Furniture for thirty-three years, twenty-seven of which he was a supervisor. He then worked for thirteen years at Thomasville Furniture in Hickory, NC as supervisor in the sewing department. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.Fred is survived by his wife of fifty-five years, Ollie Powell Browning of the home; a daughter, Greta B. Clark; a granddaughter, Nikki C. Hawkins and husband, Joshua; a great-grandson, Xander Carson Hawkins; a brother, Herbert Browning and wife, Dorothy, all of Morganton, and a number of nieces and nephews.The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, November 12, 2007 at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Kenneth Curtis officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Drawer 38, Drexel, NC, 28619. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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