Edward Preston Browne

October 13, 1919 - October 1, 2010

Edward Preston Browne was born in McKinney, Texas, on October 13, 1919. He died October 1, 2010, in the McKinney home where he was raised. Edward was the son of Edward Preston Browne, Sr. and Mary Emma Abernathy Browne. His grandfather, William M. Abernathy, was a lawyer and founding member of the McKinney Fire Department. Edward graduated in 1941 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Administration. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the Second Signal Battalion in the European Theater including Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was discharged November 21, 1945. After discharge from the Army, Edward pursued a career as an investment analyst and investment portfolio manager for various investment companies, banks and insurance companies. He retired from Republic National Life Insurance Company in the 1980’s and set out to travel the world. He moved back into the Abernathy homestead on Virginia Street where he lived until his death. Edward’s keen love of all God’s creatures was evidenced by his support of foster children in several countries as well as many animal rescue charities. Edward was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by numerous cousins who are the grandchildren of Mary Abernathy Browne’s brothers and sisters. He was a member of the Rosicrucian Order A.M.O.R.C. In Lieu of flowers, donations should be made to International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Boyd, Texas or Animal Refuge Foundation, Sherman, Texas, or the charity of your choice. A graveside memorial service will be held on Monday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney, Texas.

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Ed Browne was my second cousin. My family enjoyed visiting him at the Abernathy homestead in McKinney. Ed's knowledge of our family history and his devotion to preserving same were outstanding. His extensive travels were also a source of great story-telling. Ed's concern and willingness to share with others less fortunate in both the human domain and in the animal world are a source of inspiration. Ed, we will miss you. Chris Abernathy, November 28, 2010 Eddie was my Dad's cousin...H.A.Browne. I visited him several times through the years, and tried to call him often...often to no answer. Aunt Mary and Miss Cecile were very good to me when I was a young married girl. I truly loved cousin Eddie for his kind heart, his interesting stories and because he was my last living relative in McKinney. My brother Rear Admiral Herb Browne and his son Lee seem to be the last of the Brownes from my grandfather Herbert. He was the brother of Eddie's Dad. Anne Browne Sadovsky Sitzman, October 11, 2010 My condolences. Roy Geldon Roberts, Sr., October 10, 2010 I was lucky enough to be able to help Mr Browne with his cats. I enjoyed our visits very much as he was such a warm and interesting person to talk to. We were all blessed to have had him in this world. There won't be another like him. Our deepest blessings to his family and friends. Heaven has just added a fabulous person. Nancy Nichole Lemon, October 9, 2010