THOMAS KEELY BROW, loving husband, son, brother, father and friend, after a courageous fight with cancer, went home to be with the Lord in the early morning of October 22, 2008. He was born December 22, 1958 to Ethel and Ernest Brow Jr. in La Marque, Texas. Thomas was baptized at age eight at Greater Bell Zion Baptist Church, in Texas City, Texas. He was an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, which spawned his interest in community service. He also became very involved in sports. At La Marque High School, he ran track, played baseball and was the quarter back his senior year. Tom graduated from La Marque High School in May of 1977. He continued his education at Texas A&M University in College Station concentrating in Chemical Engineering. After college, he worked for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas. For the past 15 years, he worked for GE Betz Inc. in The Woodlands, Texas doing research and development. The interest of football and basketball refereeing came about while attending college. Thomas officiated boys and girls high school basketball games in Texas for more than 25 years. He was the District 8 representative for the Texas Association of Sports Officials. In addition, Thomas officiated for several conferences on the Division I level, including the Big 12 and Conference USA in basketball. He enjoyed perfecting the craft of officiating as well as mentoring young officials learning the art of refereeing. His mother and father in-laws Imogene and George Ogletree Sr. of Port Arthur, Texas preceded Thomas Keely Brow in death. On May 4, 2002, Tom married the love of his life Karen Ogletree at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston, Texas officiated by Joe Samuel Ratliff Sr. He is survived by his parents, Ethel and Ernest Brow Jr.of La Marque, Texas; wife, Karen Ogletree-Brow of Houston, TX; son Dadren A. Brow of Houston, Texas; sisters Ernestine Brow Clark (DeSoto, Jr.) and Thelma Brow Oliver(Eddie Jr.); Brother Ernest Brow III (Mary). As well as many, other family members and friends will miss him dearly. A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held at Greater Bell Zion Baptist Church 5917 Carver in Texas City, Texas on November 1st. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until service time at 11:00 A.M. Arrangements by Mainland Funeral Home, 2711 Texas Avenue, La Marque, Texas 77568 (409) 938-8123.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 31, 2008