George  Browner, Jr.

Obituary of George Robert Browner, Jr.

George Robert Browner, Jr. died on March 15, 2022, at his house on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He was 89.

George was born on August 18, 1932, in Lynchburg, Virginia to George Robert Browner and Ruby Brandenburg Browner. He attended the University of Virginia and served in the United States Army.

In 1956, he married Sara Pearman Shelton, and they spent the first years of their marriage in Hanau, Germany, and Charlottesville, Virginia. George began his career with The Mead Corporation (now MeadWestvaco) in 1958, which took him and his family to Chillicothe and Dayton, Ohio, Atlanta, Georgia, and Neenah, Wisconsin, before his retirement in 1995. The Browners lived on Callawassie Island from 1995 until they moved to Hilton Head Island in 2013.

George was an avid golfer and an accomplished bridge player. He loved traveling, especially with his family to the beach, where his famous shrimp paste was devoured as quickly as he made it.

George is survived by his wife; four children: Louise Browner Blanchard (Buck), Kathleen Browner, George R. Browner III (Caryl), and John S. Browner (Christine); his brother, Richard S. Browner (Leigh); and 11 grandchildren: Charlie (Kelly), Mac (Anna), Ann Pearman (fiancé David Harkins), and Franny Blanchard, and Lauren, Josh, Jack, Sara, Ben, Gage, and Millie Browner. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia.

A memorial service for George will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 3001 Meeting Street, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, or


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