Billy Jake Brown was born on June 6, 1928, to Eldridge and Clemmie Brown in Bloomburg, TX, and he passed from this life to the next on May 17, 2015, at the age of 86.
He was the second born of 9 brothers and sisters, of whom four are still living: Jimmy, Emiline, Christine and Francis.
He and Melba lived most of their married life in LaMarque, Texas where Billy was a pipe fitter. They also lived for a time in Norway and New Orleans where Billy was a project manager on power plant. Upon his retirement, they moved back to Bloomburg for several years before settling in Sherman, where he lived the last 20 years of his life. In every location, they were faithful members of the Baptist church.
Billy loved gardening and fishing. Lots of people benefitted from his fresh tomatoes and vegetables. He was also able to spend many hours fishing with his family, and especially loved catching catfish and crappie. In LaMarque, he and Melba were known for their annual fish fries, which brought together lots of friends and family. Music was another common theme that he loved, whether at the fish fries, at church, or at family reunions in Bloomburg.
Above all, he loved his family, and it is fitting that one of the last things he said the day before he died was, “I’m so proud of my family.” He will be missed, but we are certain his destiny is secure in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The family looks forward to a joyful reunion someday.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Melba Rogers Brown; son and daughter-in law Billy J, Jr. and Pam Brown of Dickinson TX; son and daughter-in-law Rick and Beverly Brown of Richardson, TX, and daughter Teresa Sipe of Sherman, TX, as well as 7 grandkids and 6 great grandchildren.
Graveside Services will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Salem Cemetery under the direction of Hanner Funeral Service with Richard Brown officiating.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Hanner Funeral Service.