Billy Bill Brown LUBBOCK-On Tuesday, April 2, 2014, the Smyer community lost a man of great character and respect. Billy Bill Brown, 74, passed peacefully into the arms of his loving wife, Anne Brown. Bill and Anne were married in the summer of 1958, immediately following graduation from Smyer High School, where they had been sweethearts since the sixth grade. The following summer, they welcomed their first son, Billy Bob Brown, into their family and he never left Bill's side from then on. Bill said many times he and Anne couldn't remember not having Billy Bob in their lives. Four years later they welcomed their second son, Larry Earl Brown, who quickly became Billy Bob's sidekick. Larry was the light of Anne's life and she kept him with her always. The happy family had many great years together and remained close always. Bill proudly began his cotton farming career in 1956 while still in high school and farmed continuously until his retirement in 2011. Bill was a member of South Smyer Coop Gin and United Cotton Growers. Bill was also a proud member of the American Ag Movement. Bill was lucky enough to find love again in his life when he fell in love with Carla Brown. They had five very happy years together and Carla rarely left his side during his illness. They traveled, took cruises, and had many happy times together. Carla was a true blessing to Bill and we are all very grateful for that and she will always have a special place in our hearts. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Toad and Lois Brown; and his loving brother, Mack Brown. Bill is survived by his son, Billy Bob Brown and wife Becky, who loved Bill as her own father, of Smyer, Texas, and Larry Earl Brown and wife Kerrie of Lubbock, Texas. Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Raven Anne Brown of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Jacob Mack Brown and Jessica Lauren Brown, both of Smyer, Texas, and Harley Mesquite Brown of Pottsboro, Texas. All of Bill's grandchildren adored their Pappy. Bill is also survived by his brother, Jack Brown and wife Debbie of Austin, Texas; and his sister, Jan Brown Seay of Smyer, Texas; and his special friend, Carla Brown of Lubbock, Texas. Bill is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and many friends. Visitation will be held this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home, 5740 W. 19th Street, Lubbock, TX. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Smyer First Baptist Church, Smyer, Texas, with burial immediately in following in Smyer Cemetery. Donations may be made in Bill's name to Smyer Baptist Church or Children's Home of Lubbock. The family truly appreciates all of your thoughts, prayers and love. Condolences and online guestbook can be found at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 4, 2014