George Leon Brown
George Leon Brown was born on a winter day December 23, 1931, in a small town of Quinton, Oklahoma. He was born to Earnest Fairbanks and Bessie (Morris) Brown. The Lord our God and Creator of all living things, called his faithful servant George Leon Brown to be with him on June 11, 2012, at the age of 80.
George was a faithful, loving, devoted husband to his wife, Florence Joan (Strain) Brown of 57 magical years. Story has it that it was love at first sight. They met on a dance floor in Bokoshe, Oklahoma in 1955, and were united in marriage on October 12, 1956. Their family started with their first born Charlotte Sue Brown residing in Spiro, Oklahoma who extended her family with one daughter, SuRonna Watkins McAlister and husband, Brian who gave them three great granddaughters, Aspen Leigh Joan, Brooke and Kristin McAlister of Spiro, Oklahoma and one son, George Sheldon Watkins and wife, Addison who gave them three great grandsons, Hudson, Sebastian and Sawyer of Spiro, Oklahoma, next came Rodney Leon Brown now married to Claire residing in Frisco, Texas who gave them two grandsons, R.J. and Matthew Brown. Youngest daughter, Phyllis Lashelle who married John David Watson now residing in Mt. Ida, Arkansas who gave them grandson, Jon Michael Watson.
George also has two sisters, Mary Lou Dill of McCurtain, Oklahoma, Frankie Lou Moore of Modesto, California and two brothers, Junior Brown of Grovetown, Georgia and Harvey Way of McCurtain, Oklahoma with numerous nieces and nephews.
George taught his family the importance of being Christ followers. He firmly believed Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. KJV
George was immaculate at caring for his lawn and garden. His pastimes included numerous charities for the Scottish Rite. He worked diligently helping with the Toys for Tots Program and helped provide local families with meals during Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.
He attended school at McCurtain, Oklahoma and graduated classes at Carl Albert State College. He enjoyed a lengthy retirement from Rheem Manufacturing Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
He was perpetual 33rd Degree Mason, Lifetime member of the Scottish Rite, XPOW’s and DAV. He enjoyed speaking at several schools thru the years on Veterans Day. His desire was to educate students on the importance and etiquette of our American Flag.
George Leon Brown, Sargent, Battery D 82nd Battalion, AAA AW Sp. Pacific Theater of Operations of the Army of the United States, enlisted to serve our country on January 6, 1949. He served our country proud in the Korean Conflict until he was honorable discharged on October 17, 1953. During the time he was engaged in war he fought 10 major battles, and was captured and held as a P.O.W. in the Korean Conflict until the amnesty was signed. Upon his discharge he was commended and awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 10 Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and two Purple Hearts, Cross of Valor and Prisoner of War Medal. George was 12 days shy of his 45 year Masonic pin, his raised date of entry was June 24, 1967. He served every seat in the lodge.
His Family loved him and was very proud to have had such a brave and honored husband, father, G-Pa and Great G-Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a baby daughter, Yolanda; a grandson, R.J. Brown; his sister, Carmelita Markham; two brothers, Douglas and Billy Joe Brown; one ½ brother, Johnnie Joe Brown; his paternal grandparents, Felix Grundy and Mary Brown.
……lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.