Harry Clinton Brown, 90, of St. Augustine, Fla., went home to be with the Lord Oct. 29, 2012, at the Bailey Family Center for Caring after a full and interesting life.
He was born in Carbur, Fla., a crossroads community in Taylor County. Harry and his parents, Bonnie Dell and Tempie Brown, moved to Palatka, Fla., in 1926 where his sister, Patricia Lucille Brown Gurganious was later born. After graduating from the Palatka Mellon High School in 1940, Harry served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Air Transport Command, during World War II as a flight engineer flying the Burma to India route over the Himalayas, the route known as "the Hump." After his military discharge, he returned to and eventually settled in Palatka where he worked in a number of local businesses before finding his ultimate success in the trucking industry. He founded and led Harob Trucking based in Palatka until his retirement in 1990. Although he was not a natural politician, Harry, nonetheless, strongly believed in the role of local government in providing proper services and opportunities for all citizens, a philosophy which led to his service as a Palatka city commissioner for 16 years. After moving to Crescent Beach, he and his loving and dedicated wife of 38 years, Jean Gorman Brown, enjoyed beach living and sunrise walks before moving to their final home in St. Augustine Shores where they continued their enjoyment of family, travel and ballroom dancing. Jean passed away in 2011.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Nov. 16, 2012, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Reverend Father Seamus O"Flynn, officiating. In honor of his passion and dedication to serving and being involved in his community, the family gratefully will accept donations to local charities in lieu of flowers.
He is survived by sons, Ronald Brown, St. Augustine, Richard Brown, Jacksonville, Fla., and Robert Brown, Houston, Texas; stepchildren, Linda Becker, Hollister, Fla., George Robinson, East Palatka, Fla., Michael Robinson, Jacksonville, Fla., Edward Robinson, Louisiana and Paul Hayes, Montgomery, Ala.; sister, Patricia Gurganious, Jacksonville, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of the arrangements