Duane Browning, of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, passed away on October 23, 2023, at the age of 75. He was born to Virgil and Maxie Jenkins Browning and was married to Glenda West Browning for 42 years. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his father, mother and older brother, Rallon.
Duane grew up in Clay County, TN, attending Hermitage Springs High School, where excelled at basketball. He later joined the U.S. Army, serving as a tank commander in Korea, during the Vietnam Conflict and enrolled at Tennessee Tech University after his discharge for business management.
Duane had a successful career in the oil and gas industry, working on offshore oil rigs in various locations, including Alaska, Singapore as an accountant and operation manager. He later returned to Tennessee, making Red Boiling Springs his home. He also ran for Tennessee State Representative, supported by Lamar Alexander and Howard Baker. Duane, worked as CFO at Turner, the largest construction corporation in North America from the mid-1980s to 2002. After retiring from corporate America, he became a real estate broker and founded a mortgage company.
Duane’s contributions extended to his community, where he played a key role as a commissioner, in building a new high school in Lafayette, TN, and a library in Red Boiling Springs. Duane was a profound collector and curator of antiques and artifacts. Later in life, Duane accepted God into his life and Jesus Christ as his lord and savior.
Duane is survived by his wife, Glenda West Browning, siblings Billy Joe Browning and Diana Browning Tudor, children Mitch Bray, Jonathan Grant Browning, and Marshall Ross Browning, as well as grandchildren Gabe, Memphis, and Maverick.
A Private memorial service will be held for loved ones at a later date. Duane Browning was an athlete, a veteran, an executive, a politician, an entrepreneur, a world traveler, and a collector. Above all, he was a devoted brother, husband, father, and grandfather, and will deeply missed by his family and friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Anderson & Son Funeral Home Directors, Red Boiling Springs, TN. 615-699-2191 www.andersonandsonfuneralhomes.com