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Bart E. Brown

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Bart E. Brown April 20, 1919-Nov 6, 2012 Bart Eugene Brown was born the second son of John Steen and Ida Wells Brown on April 20, 1919 in Hye, TX, and passed away peacefully on November 6, 2012. Bart was fond of saying he was "born in back of the store at Hye," giving the impression of a manger rather than the lovely home built by his grandfather, for whom the town was also named. This playful and outgoing personality was his greatest trait. Adored by his sisters and fondly tolerated by his brothers, Bart was always especially close to his brother Hiram. His parents relocated to Austin, where Bart and his siblings attended Pease Elementary and Austin High School. At the University of Texas, he pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon and majored in architectural engineering. In 1940, he married Ophelia May North. They had daughters Danna Gene, Idanell and Cynthia Ophelia. He designed parts for the B52 airplane at Consolidated Aircraft - the "best job he ever had!" - and served in the US Army. Bart and Hiram crossed paths in Honolulu during WWII, where they planned to return to Austin and expand their father's Austin business. Under their guidance, Cabaniss Brown Furniture became the largest furniture retailer in Central Texas. Bart was active in his community: a Boy Scout leader, member of the Texas National Guard, charter member of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, president of both the Texas Retail Furniture Association and the Kiwanis Club of Austin, and member of the Chancellors Council of the University of Texas at Austin and the Blinded Veterans Association. Ophelia passed away January 14, 1975, just after Bart had retired. On October 30, 1976 he married Patti Riley at Tarrytown Methodist Church. Bart became a great stepfather to Michael, Kerry and Shaughn Riley. He was very supportive of Patti's interior design business through which they shared many exciting travels. Bart is predeceased by his parents and four siblings; his stepdaughter, Kerry Riley; mother- and father-in-law, Ruth and Archie Faulkner; and son-on-law, Charles Chappell. He is survived by wife Patti; sister Kitty Taylor and husband Boyd; sister-in-law Lillian Brown; daughters Danna and husband Nelson Malcolm, Idanell and husband James Allman, and Cynthia Chappell; step-children Mike Riley and wife Pamela, Shaughn Riley; Robyn Wilson and husband Todd Luft; grandchildren Robert Langston and wife Cynthia, Kelly Barks and husband Kurt, David Allman and wife Summer, Marshall Allman and wife Jamie, and Katie Riley; and great-grandchildren Anais, John, Thomas, and Catherine Langston and Paige Barks; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews, and their husbands and children. A funeral service will be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 9th of November 2012, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Interment will follow in Austin Memorial Park, Austin, Texas. Remembrances may be sent to Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Memorials may be made in Bart's name may be to Tarrytown Methodist Church; the Austin Chapter of the Blinded Veterans Association, c/o Kevin Jackson, 5717 Taylorwood Drive, Austin, Texas 78749; or . Condolences may be sent to www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012
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