Graveside services for Bennie Brownlee will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in Garden of Memories Cemetery on Highway 16 between Comanche and DeLeon. Heartland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family will join in a caravan meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, Texas, for those who want to follow the family to the cemetery.

Mr. Brownlee passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Brownwood.

Bennie was born on May 15, 1943, to E.D. and Janies Green Brownlee in Hobbs, N. M. He was married to Glenna Hawthorne on Jan. 7, 1967, and they had church wedding on Oct. 27, 1967, at Trinity Christian Church Kermit, Texas. They were both looking forward to celebrating 45 yrs of marriage. From their marriage they have two sons, Bennie Brownlee Jr. and wife Isabel; son, Britt Brownlee and Stephanie Worrell; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Kim; one grandson, Bennie Brownlee III; and one great-grandson, Dennis; brothers, Elvin Brownlee Jr. and Linda of Andrews, Reo Brownlee and Pat of Andrews; sisters, Beverly and Waymon Johnson of De Leon, Jan and Arnie Pruett of Pleasant View, Colo.; mother-in-law, Nelda Bond Emerick of Fort Worth; his brother-in-law, Glenn Hawthorne and Gwen from New Mexico; sisters-in-laws, Karen Stone, Cathy Almond and Kyle, Carole Green and William, Elizabeth Martin and Bryant; step-mom-in-law, Julie Steel and Danny; step-brother-in-law, Ed Sauer and Gloria; step-sisters-in-laws, Bernadette Hays and Charlie and Barbara Young; and special friends who are like daughters and sons, Kelly and Jeff Mobley, Cristy andDaniel Herrada, Jake, Emma and Elizabeth. He also has many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who he adored and loved, and his two sweet puppies that were his life.

Bennie enjoyed camping, fishing and bingo. He was a friend to everyone, and never met a stranger. Bennie was a 100% service connected disabled veteran but was self-employed all of his life until he retired in 1996 because of his illness. He most enjoyed his retirement with fishing buddies Freddy and Faye Derouen and Al Harrison cruising the lake and drinking coffee on the docks early morning.

Bennie was a Christian who loved the Lord so much he liked to say he was saved three times and baptized twice, saved by grace. So we know we will meet him in heaven. We love you Bennie, you will be missed but we will all meet again.

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