Edward Parry “Ned” Browning, III


Mr. Edward Parry “Ned” Browning, III was a benefactor of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Catlett, Virginia. He deeded the Elk Run Church Site in Fauquier County, Virginia to the Church on June 23, 1999 to be preserved as a historical site and held in perpetuity.

As a former Assistant Superintendent of Winchester Public Schools, Browning was a professional educator who was in public education for the right reasons. He had a high regard for the impact of education in the lives of children. Browning’s focus was all about education — both the students and the teachers. Winchester educators state that their school system’s powerful staff development program is one of Browning’s crowning achievements.

Browning was very civic-minded and cared for the community tremendously and was a very sensitive person. He would show that in the way he formed his ideas and the development of the staff and administration of the schools. Colleagues stated that he was the energizing type. Browning loved academic challenges and was a lover of the language.

Browning was born on July 15, 1941, in Winchester, the son of Edward P. Browning Jr. and Marion Barkley Browning. He married Elizabeth Dent on Nov. 27, 1964, in Waynesboro, Georgia.

After a long battle with cancer, Browning, 58, died on August 4, 1999. Surviving with his wife are two sons, Edward P. Browning IV of Winchester and John D. Browning of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Sarah B. Boone of Boone, North Carolina; two sisters, Roberta B. Mason of Lynchburg and Elizabeth K. Browning of Richmond; and two grandchildren.

Browning was a descendant of the Rev. James Keith, the first Rector of the Elk Run Anglican Church and maternal grandfather of Chief Justice John Marshall.