Glenn Brown

Jan 21 1919 - Jul 30 2020



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Glenn Brown of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Garland, Texas passed away on July 30, 2020 at the age of 101. He was born on January 21, 1919 to Charlie Matthew Brown and Alice (Wickersham) Brown in Henryetta, Oklahoma. Glenn married Leta Margaret Vandeventer on August 16, 1944 in Dallas, Texas. He worked at Texas Instruments in the machine shop as a tool and die maker until his retirement in 1984. Glenn was of Methodist faith.

Glenn is survived by his children, Sharron Gayle Woodlief, Rev. Nina Kate “Katie” Strals, Dr. Rosemary Frederickson, Elizabeth “Ellen” Livingston and Nolen Glenn Brown, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Brown and Alice (Brown) Spurrier; wife, Leta Brown; granddaughter, Mary Megan East; brothers, John Bryan Spurrier and Robert Willard Spurrier and his sisters, Marilyn Bernice Van Buskirk and Mary Alice Praskievicz.

Glenn Brown was known to family and friends as the consummate storyteller, a man who fiercely loved and took care of his family, was generous to a fault, and and lightened up every room he walked into.  His children and grandchildren remember a happy, positive man who whistled while he worked, always had his pocketknife at the ready, and stirred his tea with unparalleled vigor.  He was a dapper dresser who loved baseball hats, the Rangers, and his OU football team.  He could croon a tune, never missed a dance step, and knew all the words to Marty Robbins’ Streets of Laredo. Glenn was happiest when working, and if the work involved doing a favor for someone else, he enjoyed it even more.  At home he was always in his yard, workshop, or garden, and once remarkably mowed 4 lawns in 3 different states over a 2-day time period.  He lived more than a century and became our legend.  Glenn, daddy, Pappa, we will never be able to love you as much as you loved us.  You helped and supported us when we needed it most, and, because of you, we enjoyed lives full of fun and laughter.  We have rich memories that will sustain us when we start to imagine a world without you in it, and may you rest in peace knowing that we all turned out well because we felt your love.  We mourn our loss but celebrate your very long life so well-lived.

Glenn will be interred Tuesday, August 4th during a private family service at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas