Bobby Max Browder, 80, of Monticello passed away July 26, 2020, at his home.
He was born at home on December 19, 1939, to the late Laverne Lott Browder and Lela May McGinty Browder.
Mr. Browder was the third child of eight raised in rural Arkansas near Humphrey on a rice farm called Sunshine Plantation. Hardship and adversity taught him a strong work ethic that carried throughout his life in his main career as a bread man for Mrs. Baird’s Bread in Dallas. He later worked as a bookkeeper at Pelican’s and paint associate at Lowe’s in Wichita Falls.
He was a 1958 graduate of Selma High School and served in the US Army from 1958-1962. He believed the education he received was so beneficial that all American males should serve in the armed forces.
Mr. Browder enjoyed playing golf and his fellow players enjoyed his inspirational phraseology like ‘What is a dickey-doo?’ His favorite things were to watch old westerns or to read a western novel. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers and Texas Longhorns until he moved back to Arkansas and forgot about the Longhorns for some other team.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Norman and Stanley Browder; and his first wife, Marty Browder.
He is survived by wife and high school sweetheart, Gloria Jean Dickinson Browder of Monticello; his children, Melissa and husband Scott Plowman, Darrin and wife Ann-Marie Browder; stepsons, Rick Dickinson and Todd Dickinson and wife Leslie; grandchildren, Arrin, Amanda, Dawson and wife Kaylee Plowman, Dalton and Victoria Browder, Alisha and husband Nick Engelkes, Emily and husband Patrick Davis, Cole Dickinson, and Tyler Dickinson; grandchildren, Preston Case, Bronson Case and Emilia Englekes.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 15, at 2 p.m. at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed and masks will be required.