Beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to many, Jack Raoul Brown, passed away Aug. 4, at his home in Sherman, Texas. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Hebron Baptist Church near Bells, Texas. All musicians who have played with Jack are invited to bring their instruments and join the celebration.
Jack was born in Gunter, Texas, to C.E. Brown and Rachael Davenport Brown, and has a sister Carroll Caughey of Dallas, and brother Scott M. Brown of Dallas. Jack attended Sherman Schools, and was a member of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean War. Jack met the love of his life, Jacqueline Canova, while stationed in San Francisco. They married June of 1956, and lived in Pleasant Hill, Calif., until 1971 when they then moved to Sherman, Texas. Jack and Jackie have four children, Michael Ray Brown and wife Shirley of Austin, Texas; Cynthia Marie Brown Culwell and significant other Chuck Hopkins of McKinney, Texas; Laura Jean Brown Johnson and husband Tim of McKinney, Texas, and son Gregory Scott Brown and wife Nora, of McKinney, Texas.
Jack was the proud grandparent of 9 grandchildren Brandee, Kimberly, Crystal, Casey, Kyle, Rachel, Amy, Baylee and Zachary, and 13 great grandchildren, who all lovingly called him "Grandpa Jack," "Gahgah" and "Papo."
Jack, loved music, and was an excellent guitarist, which he learned to play while in the Air Force. He appreciated many music genres, but he especially loved listening to and playing jazz music. In 2011, Jack was inducted into the Sacramento and Tulsa Western Swing Society's Hall of Fame for his outstanding dedication to the performance, perpetuation, and promotion of Western swing music. Jack had also received several local and state awards for his outstanding musical abilities. He played guitar with many well known artists over the years including, Sammie Smith, Ray Price, Little Jimmy Dickens, Clint Strong, and Dale Reeves.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his mother, father, grandparents, brothers-in-law Doyle Caughey and Ken Davis, and son-in-law Jerry Culwell.
The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.