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David Lee Brawley

July 26, 1951 - November 22, 2017

David Lee Brawley of Dallas, Texas passed away November 22, 2017 at the age of 66.  He was born July 26, 1951 to Larry Carl Brawley and Virginia Bernice Hill Brawley in McKinney, Texas.  David was a graduate of South Garland High School and a 1974 graduate of University of Texas Austin. David was a pastry chef for numerous restaurants in New York and Dallas including Tavern on the Green and Felidia in New York, The Adolphus Hotel, Crescent Hotel, Reunion Arena, Baby Routh’s in Dallas as well as Mackinac Island Hotel in Michigan, and The Drexel Hotel in Austin.  

He is survived by his mother, Virginia Brawley – Shipman and husband Charles of McKinney, Texas; brother, Brent Brawley and wife Jennefer of Rowlett, Texas; niece, Erika Brawley; good friend, Carla Wood of Dallas; and numerous other loving relatives and friends.

David was preceded in death by his father, Larry Carl Brawley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to El Centro College Food and Hospitality, 801 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75202.

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My deepest sympathy to David's family. I was always touched by David's generosity and kind hearted spirit, and he will be missed by his friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace. Liz Baron, January 30, 2018 I will miss my friend, mentor and fellow baker, especially his wit and sarcasm. Jim Knifong, December 3, 2017 Chef Brawley was my baking instructor the quarter before he left the Art Institute of Dallas. His knowledge of Pop Art culture and his respect for the bake shop will always stay with me. He was gracious enough to share a meal with me after I had graduated. I am so glad he did as I got to see the man behind the toque. I will miss his wit. Toni Sloane, November 28, 2017 Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all now. Much love. Debbie & Bill Gudgeon, November 28, 2017 David's desserts were just amazing! I enjoyed them very much. He will be missed. Jack Youngkin, November 27, 2017 Virginia, I hope that you remember me, I think of you often when we worked at Heritage Manor. I was sorry to read in the paper about the loss of your son. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Over the years we have lost touch but I still remember some good times. I can be reached 972-578-9911 if you would like to talk. I will pray for you and the loss of your son David. Peace and Love, Jodi
Jodi Marshall, November 27, 2017 I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of my cousin. David was a special and very caring person. Dad, Linda (my better half), myself and the rest of our family (Laura and John, Ben and Sam, Tom and Laura Gilbert and others) spent time with David off and on during the holiday season over the past few years. He was so much fun to be around and was so genuine. Ironically, I reached out to David Thanksgiving morning with an invite to join dad, Linda and I for Thanksgiving dinner. Little did we know he had passed away the day before. Please let us know how we can help and when/where the memorial service will be held. I can be reached at 817-832-7956. Linda's cell number is 817-247-8537. Rick Strickland, November 27, 2017 Will miss you and your friendship. RIP and sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye. Becky Maynard , November 27, 2017 I seldom got to see David over the years, but he was always generous and gracious to all of the SGHS '69 classmates whenever we were able to get together. His gifts and talents will always be remembered and appreciated. I am so glad that he shared his talents with all of us. We will miss you, David. John A. Grigsby, November 27, 2017 Having moved several times, I didn't make sure my friends knew where I was. David was a good friend, and I've thought often of how we met when I was going to New York and you said your son was there and suggested I call him. I did, and it led to many pleasant and witty conversations over the years. He had such a bright mind, keeping up with the world's art, especially. And I shall treasure his photo with Julia Child. Love and sympathy Sue Watkins, November 26, 2017