Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord- Matthew 25:23
On Friday, March 31, 2023, the Lord called the lovely spirit of Evern Browning home. She was born December 04, 1950, to the late Joe Stevie and Eather Mae Williams Hunter in Williamstown (Manchester), Arkansas. Evern Hunter Browning attended the Williams School next to the Manchester C.O.G.I.C. and graduated from Peake High School in 1968. After high school, she attended Ouachita Baptist University. Evern enjoyed playing softball, watching The Young and the Restless, and playing Solitaire. Most of all, she enjoyed food, especially egg pies, pound cakes, and fried pies.
Mrs. Hunter Browning united with Piney Grove A.M.E. Church, where she was a devoted member. She was the church secretary over many decades while serving as Y.P.D. Director, Women Missionary Society President, and member of the Lay Organization. Evern Hunter Browning was also a member of the Steward Board, Piney Grove A.M.E. Choir, and made sure everyone had an Easter, Mother’s Day, and Christmas speech before her illness.
Even Hunter Browning married Joe Browning. From that union, two children were born, Dennis Joseph Browning and Heather Browning. She worked at the Arkadelphia Human Development Center for 37 years as an L.S.T. Supervisor, running Building 285. During her tenure, she adopted many sons who still refer to her as their 'second mom .'When not doing church work, she was very active in the Bullock and Daniel Reunion, Shandy Williams Family Reunion, and the Peake Alumni Association. Evern spent much of her time helping keep the Shandy Williams Legacy alive, reminding everyone about their ancestry, all the memories of growing up in the woods and walking barefoot across the Lindy Flats to get to school.
She was always happy and jolly despite her health. Evern was a very independent woman determined to live life to the fullest. She loved to shop and dress to impress like her grandmother and mother, Snowrene Williams and Eather Mae Williams Hunter. Evern also enjoyed spending time with her sister, Delois Carr. Every time you looked up, you saw them riding around together, laughing and fussing at the same time. When not fussing at her sister, she fussed at her grand dogs, who she referred to as Ned (Sarge) and Jed (Tiberius).
Evern Hunter Browning was preceded in death by Joe Stevie Hunter, Eather Mae Williams Hunter, her brother, Verdell Hogan, her sister, Delois Carr, and granddaughter, Jade Tristen Benning.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Dennis Browning (Andrea) of Jacksonville, FL, and daughter, Heather Browning of New Orleans, LA, and a special friend, Erma Lea Blevins. She also leaves behind one granddaughter, Ava Joetta Browning, one nephew, Tony Kendell Hogan (Donna), two great-nephews, Trey and Dalvin Hogan, and a host of friends, relatives, and family.
Funeral services are under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Arkadelphia, AR. Visitation will be Friday, April 7, 2023, from 12 noon-6:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, where Dr. Lewis A. Shepherd, Jr. is pastor, on Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. Burial and final resting place will be at Piney Grove Cemetery in Arkadelphia. The guestbook is available to sign online at www.mitchellfuneralservices.com
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