Clayton Browning


Clayton Howard Browning was born April 5, 1935 in Castleberry, Alabama, and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He returned to his heavenly home on Thursday, April 1, 2021 after a valiant battle from complications due to a stroke.

His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and provided him with peace. As a Southern Baptist minister, Brother Howard faithfully shepherded his congregations for over 55 years. He pastored many churches in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, including pastoring the First Baptist Church in Port St. Joe from 1981 to 1993. He served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army.

In 2014, Howard suffered a massive stroke, which sadly caused the need for him to retire from the ministry. Being unable to stand behind the pulpit did not stop him from ministering to others. His deep devotion in his faith continued; he would compassionately ask others if they knew Jesus as their Savior. His main focus in life was to preach the gospel and lead others to Christ.

God allowed Howard to do the two things he dearly loved - preaching and broadcasting Port St. Joe Sharks football, for over 30 years. In 2013 he was inducted in the Port St Joe Athletic Hall of Fame. Howard not only loved Port St. Joe Sharks football but his college team Alabama Crimson Tide.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Roosevelt and Ollie (Jones) Browning; two brothers, W.C. Browning and wife Gladys, and Pat Browning and wife Edna; and brother-in-law, Cecil Clarke.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife and partner of 63 years, Charlotte Virginia Bush Browning of Panama City; daughter, Barbara Alice Browning Shank (Randy), of Panama City; two sons, Joseph Howard “Joey” Browning (Deborah), of Ellerslie, Georgia, and Tracy Gene Browning (Terri), of Port St. Joe; six grandchildren, Audra Virginia Browning Hall (James), of Panama City, Amber Nicole Browning, Joshua Howard Browning (Avery), of Ellerslie, Georgia, Adrian Lynn Browning Baxley (Perry), of Panama City, Angela Marie Shank, currently attending the University of New Orleans, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Jarrett Clayton Browning, currently attending Warner University in Lake Wales; one sister, Eloise Clarke, of Saraland, Alabama; brother and sister-in-law R.C. and Virginia Bush, of Tuscumbia, Alabama; sisters-in-law Elsie Skelton of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Kay Morrison of Bessemer, Alabama; and many nieces, nephews, extended blood family and church families.

A graveside service will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Billy Rich officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a scholarship in his name which will be awarded to students at Port St. Joe High School at graduation.

The family would like to remind everyone this world is not our home, we are only passing through. “Absent from the body; with Jesus at last.”

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