Edmund Rogers ‘Chip’ Browning Jr., 64, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on Friday, April 8, 2016, after a recent illness. He was born in Wilmington on June 22, 1951, son of the late Edmund R. Browning, Sr. and Jeanne Carr Browning.
Chip was the original owner of Chip’s Video on 17th Street in Wilmington. He was a longtime member of Wrightsboro Baptist Church and a lover of beach music.
Wanda and Chip met in the 7th grade, became boyfriend and girlfriend, and later went their separate ways. One day, Wanda called to try to sell a coupon book to him, which he purchased. This meeting developed into love and marriage this time. He and Wanda did everything together; that’s just the way it was! Chip worked with Bellamy Wholesale Drug Company, and he later became a manager for a courier company. Always a hard worker and dedicated employee, he loved people and they loved his wit. He was one to speak his mind, yet readily available to help a stranger. In the past, he was a little league coach and the players used to call him ‘Chipper20.’
Chip was a good father and husband. He loved life and wanted to get well so he could go fishing again, a hobby introduced to him by Wanda. He was hooked.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Lewis Browning; two sons, Daniel Ryan Browning, and his wife, Monica, and Jamie Alan Browning, and his wife, Taylor; grandson, Riley Browning; sister, Georgia Strickland, and her husband, Frank; and niece, Deanna Phelps.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, 2736 Castle Hayne Road, Wilmington, with the Rev. Brad Harrison officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a charity of individual choice.
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