Rev. Jesse Lee Browning, age 90, of Helen, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Rev. Jesse was born on February 25, 1932, to the late Grover and Nancy Exum Browning. He served in the Korean War from 1948 – 1952 and after returning home he started working for the Georgia Forestry. On June 4, 1955, he married Ernestine Nix Browning. In the late 50s he started working at UGA Experiment Station in Tifton, Georgia, and in 1965 he moved his family to Reidsville, Georgia to work at UGA Experiment Station Dairy & Feed Mill Division at Georgia State Prison, where he later retired. During the time he was living in Reidsville, he was licensed to preach on January 24, 1971, and was ordained on July 9, 1972. He has pastored many churches and also attended Georgia Southern College where he graduated from Georgia Baptist Bible Institute through Shorter College with a diploma in Theology and Christian Ministry. He later received his master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. He had a 15-minute sermon at WRBX radio station on Sunday Mornings before attending church.
In addition to his parents, Jesse was preceded in death by his brothers, Grover Page (Buck) Browning, Jr., James Barney (JB) Browning, Nelson Robert Browning, Jesse Robert Browning; sister, Effie Lee Vickers.
Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Browning; children, Charles Stanley Browning, Brenda (Robert) Swiatko, and Earl P. Browning; sister, Ludell (Donnis) Williams; brothers, Russell Browning and Buddy Browning; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeremy) Britt, Jamie (Paula) Swiatko, Jesse Thomas Swiatko, Jayla Swiatko (Matthew Grainger), Sarah (Jesse) James, Blake Browning; great-grandchildren, Harley, Dakota, Zoey Britt, Luke Swiatko, Maddie Swiako, Jessie Kicklighter, Landan, Bently, Wyatt, James, and Stella Browning.
The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at Pineview Baptist Church with funeral services to follow at 2:00pm with the Reverend Gregg Usry officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Low Country Cremation and Burial is serving the Browning family.