David Ernest Brownlie
October 6, 1932 - March 17, 2024

David Ernest Brownlie was born on October 6, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, to David Ernest Brownlie, Sr. and Sylvia Ann Wilson. He was an only child.

He graduated from Austin High School in El Paso, Texas, and from the University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor’s degree in Math, the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, with a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling, and was ABD from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, in Counseling Psychology.

Between beginning college at the University of Texas at El Paso, and continuing college at the University of Texas in Austin where he would earn his Bachelor’s degree, he volunteered for the draft and served in the U.S. Army in Georgia at the Savannah River Atomic Energy Project in antiaircraft radar-defense.

He met Martha Lucile Rowntree from Lampasas, Texas in the Christian Faith and Life Community of Austin. They were wed on June 1, 1957, and remained cheerfully hitched for nearly 60 years.

As hobbies, he enjoyed tennis, crossword puzzles, bird watching, playing the piano, and singing. He remained active in church and community services activities, sharing values with his wife.

Early jobs in high school or college included: working in a drug store, for the U.S. Postal Service at Christmas, the railroad icing docks in the summers, providing lawn care, serving food in a woman’s boarding house and being a camp counselor.

His first job professionally was as a college math instructor at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas. Following that, he worked in the Counseling Center at the University of Missouri. He was then a psychology intern at the V.A. Hospital and a counselor for Washburn University and a research assistant at the Menniger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas. Lastly, he was the Counseling Center Director at the University of Evansville, before returning to Texas to finish his career as a counselor at Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas.

A kind-hearted, unassuming man of integrity, David spent his remaining years sharing his generosity, smile, humor, and puns with those whom he cherished in Texas, Missouri, and North Carolina.

He is survived by his children Rachel Brownlie, Rebekah (Darren) Freese, and Mark (Lesley Daspit) Brownlie; grandchildren Haydn Brownlie, Dyson Divens, Aanae Daspit, and Evan Daspit; great grandchildren Atom Fulton and Odin Fulton; and many a Rowntree, Inlaw, Outlaw, and loved one.

Coastal Cremations 6 Jacksonville St., Wilmington NC 28403


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