On December the 30th, RRRC and its members lost a great friend and supporter, Bill Browning. Also known by his “Cowboy” friends as Cavern Bill. He had been in Lewis Gale hospital suffering from pneumonia and then kidney failure. It was a surprise and grievous news to many that Bill did not return home.
Bill was a longtime member of RRRC, and served on the board for several years and as President for the year of 2012. His devotion to our range and its members was plain to see from all who knew him. Bill spent many hours working on improvements to our range as well as being a crucial and indispensable partner to both the Cowboy Action Shooting and Cowboy Fast Draw shooting sports that call RRRC home. Bill’s later in life career as a contractor provided valuable experience and council in developing and improving several of our ranges including but not limited to “Boothill”, the Cowboy Fast Draw Range behind our Clubhouse. As Match Director of Cowboy Fast Draw, I never asked Bill for any help or advice that he was not eager to provide. He always greeted me and my requests with a smile and enthusiasm. That became a common trademark and description of Bill to all of us who called him a friend.
Bill’s support of RRRC was not limited to the Cowboys. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to range improvements and other shooting venues. He rarely met a stranger. And at his Memorial Service today, a common comment from those who knew him was his willingness to “give you the shirt off of his back” if he knew you needed it.
Bill was also retired from the U.S. Air Force. That was something he spoke of frequently with pride and fondness. We thank him for his years of service to our country.
There is so much more I could say about Bill, but I will bring this note to an end by saying… The Roanoke Rifle And Revolver Club has lost a friend, supporter, and a member of it’s shooting family. He will be sorely missed by his friends and associates that benefited by knowing him. We grieve for the loss and yet celebrate his life. Rest In Peace “Cavern Bill”!!
RRRC Vice President
Match Director for Cowboy Fast Draw