Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Carl Browning Memorial
Carl Browning Memorial

Carl Browning

Carl Browning

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

Carl Vernon Browning, 92, a longtime Skagit County resident, passed away January 4, 2023, following a period of declining health.

He was born May 8, 1930, in Sylva, North Carolina to William Bryant & Lou Ellen (Young) Browning.  Carl grew up on a farm, growing crops, plowing with livestock, and learning lumber cutting skills.  In 1949, Carl moved to Sedro-Woolley, Washington and became employed as a shake sawyer two weeks after arriving.  Carl met his wife, Christine McDaniel, and they were married January 14, 1950, in Clear Lake, WA and lived there a short time.  They then made their home in Sedro-Woolley, raising their four children there.  They made lifetime friends with their Cook Road Neighbors.  Carl retired from being a shake sawyer after 30 plus years “with all 10 fingers” as he would say.

After retirement, Carl and Christine enjoyed traveling in their RV to their snowbird place in Yuma, Arizona, making many friends and exploring the desert.  Going to the monthly Darrington Blue Grass jams was one of Carl’s favorite things.

Five decades after moving from Clear Lake they returned after building a home there.  There they also befriended their Clear Lake neighbors.  Carl was truly blessed with his incredible Sedro-Woolley and Clear Lake neighbors.

Carl is survived by son, Fred Browning; daughters, Debbie Browning and Terri Browning; grandchildren, Soren Browning, Sarah Roy, Doug Browning, and William Walsh, all of Washington State; brothers, Claude (JoAnne) Browning, Floyd (June) Browning and Harold Browning; sister, Elva Rankin; many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Christine; son, Gary Browning; sisters, Lillie Browning, Nellie Browning, Martha Fox, Etta Fox and Jeannette Fowler.

Carl requested no Services.  His wish was we gather later to remember the good times.  A Celebration of Life will occur in the Spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Darrington Blue Grass Association.  Please share your memories of Carl and sign the online guest register.


  • Vanessa Freday Bobb

    Sorry to hear of Carl’s passing , Christine was my Mom’s cousin and we ran into them at Garage sales and stores loved them both really nice people and always had laughs takling.
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Rick & Shelley Van Pelt

    We are saddened by the loss of your father Carl. He was such a sweet man and would often stop by our shop just to say “Hi” or tell us how he was doing. We enjoyed these visits and looked forward to more. Our thoughts go out to the family during this difficult time.

  • Beverly Johnson

    im so sorry for your loss. your mom and dad meant the world to me. Two of the greatest people in my life.

  • CherylAnn and Derek Beacham

    Our sincere condolences for the family. Carl was a good friend and will be missed. His stories were endless and often hilarious. Carl was full of Hee Haw jokes and Bluegrass memorabilia. He often told stories of family and friends that he treasured and learned from. You always knew where you or anyone stood with him and why.

  • Cheryl Fisher Brue


    Sorry for the loss of your dear father. Sending my sympathy and comfort to you at this difficult time.

  • Patti Henderson Baines

    Sad to learn of Carl’s passing. I have
    Wonderful memories growing up across the
    road from Carl & Christine and family.
    My condolences to the family.

  • Tammy Johnson (Williams)

    So sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Carl was my dad Frank’s cousin. I always enjoyed visiting with he and Chris when they were upriver. Salt of the earth that man. My Condolences to his family.