D. Brawner, merchant and farmer of Vaucluse post-office, and resident of Oden Township, was born in Arkansas, one mile
from where Lake Village now stands, in the year 1850, being one of the four children born to his parents, William B. and
Drusilla Brawner, natives of Virginia, and Mississippi, respectively. The father moved to Arkansas in 1828, being one of the
pioneers, and settling while yet the country about here was in point of fact a "forest primeval." He was a soldier in the War of
1812, and though now in his seventy-eighth year is still active, and is a thoroughly temperate and well preserved old
gentleman. The mother died in 1886, at the age of fifty-eight, and they both were members of the Baptist Church. Of their four
children, only two are living: D. Brawner and Eola (wife of P. H. Ford).
The subject of this sketch was educated in St. Louis, Mo., at the University, and at Dallberry's Commercial College,
Louisiana. At the age of twenty he commenced working for himself as a farmer, an occupation which he continued to follow
for three years. He is engaged in mercantile business, and has been for the past six years. He married Miss Sallie Parker, of
Arkansas, daughter of Isaac M. and Mary (Bingham) Parker. Of this union have been born eight children, four of whom are
now living, viz.: Parker, Robert, Reuben and Edward. Mrs. Brawner is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Brawner has
served as sheriff for a number of years, and in 1880 was elected deputy assessor.