Class of 1939
Browning Thompson Burton
|Retired school teacher Claudine
Browning Thompson Burton, 91, of Morningside Assisted Living died Monday,
March 24, 2014, at Paris Healthcare Center.
Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McEvoy Funeral Home.
Trent Bullock, First Baptist Church pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Named as pallbearers are Bill Looney, Ryan Hamlin, Bo Caldwell, Randall Perkins, John Van Dyck and Joe Frensley.
Charles Cate will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be two hours before the service Wednesday.
Born Sept. 10, 1922, in Mansfield, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Hallie Bomar Browning.
She was married in 1946 to William Caldwell Thompson, who preceded her in death. She later was married in 1991 to Robert Burton, who also preceded her in death.
Claudine taught school in the Henry County School System for 38 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Tennessee Education Association, National Education Association and Paris-Henry County Retired Teachers Association, where she was past president.
She graduated from Grove High School at age 16 and started teaching at the age of 18 in a one-room, eighth-grade school. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Junior College in Martin and from Murray State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After retiring, she began as a substitute teacher at Paris and Rhea Elementary schools.
She was a member of Senior Stars Auxiliary at Henry County Medical Center, where she suggested the name “Senior Stars.”
She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she joined at the age of 11. Claudine began teaching Sunday school and did for 30 years. She was a member of the LLL Senior group at First Baptist Church, where she held various offices. Her great-great-grandfather, Jacob Browning was the first pastor and one of the founders of First Baptist Church.
Claudine enjoyed traveling, touring Puerto Rico, many of the Caribbean Islands, Europe and South America and all of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. She enjoyed telling her students about these travels.
She leaves two daughters: Jane (Doug) Overton and Rita (George) Wofford, both of Paris; two grandchildren: Doug (Teri) Overton and Mandy (Ryan) Hamlin; and four great-grandchildren: Will Overton, Drew Overton, Ellie Grace Hamlin and Emma Kate Hamlin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar St., Paris or to the Paris-Henry County Retired Teachers Association, c/o Joe Frensley, 213 Greenwood Drive, Paris.
Reprinted from THE PARIS
March 25, 2014 Edition ~ Used by Permission
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