BROWN, Tom Fairfield Sr. Tom went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katherine (Kitty) Brown; and his children, Tom Fairfield Brown Jr.(wife, Josephine Brown), Katie Laughridge, Lynn Turbeville (husband, Steve Turbeville), & Doug Brown (wife, Melissa Brown); seven grandchildren, Beverly Derrah (husband, Bryan Derrah), Chris Laughridge, Dominique Randall (husband, Rev. Anthony Randall), Nick Brown, Cody Turbeville, Amber Turbeville, & Anna Joy Turbeville; three great-grandchildren: Julian & Trent Derrah and Christian Laughridge; and a host of other family & friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Clifford Cannon Brown; his brother, Mark A. Brown Sr. (wife Virginia Brown), Louis N. Brown Sr. (surviving wife, Edith Brown). Tom is a graduate of Hillsborough High School and University of Florida Law School. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Navy. There, he was captain of the varsity swim team, a member of Florida Blue Key, and President of the Letterman's Club. He practiced law for over 50 years. He was President of Hillsborough County Bar Association and Republican State Chairman. He was a member of the Salvation Army Board, life member of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce and actively involved in many community organizations. He was an active member of Idlewild Baptist Church & Seekers Fellowship. Throughout his earthly life he had many accomplishments, but now he is at home with the Lord because of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. "For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ's salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the laws demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] Ephesians 2:8-9 (Amplified Bible). Visitation will be at Blount Curry Funeral Home on Bearss Ave, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5-7 pm, funeral service on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Idlewild Baptist Church at 11 am. The family will also receive visitors one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Lake Carroll Cemetery. Donations can be made to Idlewild Baptist Church and Abe Brown Ministries, Inc.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 2, 2012