Pamela Gail Coker Browning


Pamela Gail Coker Browning, 62, of Cleveland, died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at her home after a battle with cancer.

She was born on July 14, 1956, in Aransas Pass, Texas, to the Rev. Bruce E. and Ruby Barber Coker.

She graduated from Slaton High School in 1974, earned her bachelor’s degree from Lee College, master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

She spent her life in education, starting her career in Naples, Fla. In 1989, she and her family moved to Cleveland, as she began teaching for the Education Department at Lee College (now Lee University) where she would later chair the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education for 19 years, training thousands of teachers who now span the globe.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Gene Browning; two daughters: Melody (Brandon) Miles and Morgan (Mike) Schalk; as well as the joy of her life, her seven grandchildren: Chandler, Riley, Hudson and Tate Miles, and Penny, James and Evan Schalk.
The family will welcome friends and family on Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Peerless Road Church.

A Celebration of Pam’s Life will be held Thursday,   Sept. 6, 2018,  at 4 p.m., in The Chapel at Lee University, 1020 N. Ocoee St., officiated by the Rev. Adam Jones, Dr. Laura Anderson and Dr. Paul Conn.  Burial will follow at Lee Cemetery in McDonald.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family asks for help establishing the Pamela Coker Browning Endowment for Scholarship to be awarded to Lee University education students.

You can participate in honoring Pam’s life and legacy in education by sending a donation for the scholarship fund to: Lee University, ATTN Central Gifts Office/Browning Endowment, P.O. Box 3450 Cleveland, TN 37320-3450. 

The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Chapel, has charge of the arrangements. 

You may share your condolences and your memories with the Browning family at


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