Russell H. Brown Jr.

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

Proverbs 3:5-6

Russell H. Brown, Jr. was born Dec. 9, 1924 to Russell H. Brown, Sr. and Lillian Brown in Newcastle, Texas. He went to be with his heavenly father on February 2, in Conroe, Texas.

Russell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He lived life a Christian, was giving of himself and his time, and was a teacher by example. At his core he was a gentle man, kind and thoughtful of others, despite the hat and cigar that was outwardly "his". Russell lived life fully and was an avid outdoorsman who took every opportunity to enjoy the natural resources around him - the lakes and rivers, hunting grounds, wildlife, and even the oilfield. He possessed a unique, fun-loving, teasing nature that most could appreciate because it meant he genuinely cared about you. He touched young and old alike and enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends.

Russell spent his high school days in Rockdale and Bryan, Texas graduating from Bryan High. He entered Texas A&M College as a part of the class of '46, leaving there shortly afterward to enlist in the U.S. Navy during WWII to serve his country. After serving two years in the Pacific Theatre he was discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Lt. J.G. He then returned to Texas A&M to complete his studies in chemical engineering. After graduation, he worked for Continental Oil Co. in Wyoming and Oklahoma. He met his wife, Carolyn Duke, of Iowa Park, Texas when visiting family there. Russell and Carolyn were married in October 1950 and lived in Houston, Texas, Ville Platte, Louisiana and eventually settling in Alice, Texas. Russell transitioned into petroleum engineering and became a licensed professional engineer serving south Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast region. While in Alice he also worked for H.R. Smith Oil Co. and Allen & Shumate, and later formed several businesses of his own in the oil and gas sector - Russell Brown Operator, Alice Well Service and A&S Swabbing - spanning over 50 years.

Arriving in Alice in 1954, Russell became an active member of the First United Methodist Church where he and his family made their church home. He volunteered in the ministries of the church and its involvement within the community. He took special interest in Troup 93 of the local Boy Scouts of America, once taking a group of scouts to the National Jamboree in Boise, Idaho. His commitment to serving others and instilling a positive influence in the lives of others came naturally to him.

His ties to Texas A&M only grew stronger with time - he belonged to the Brush Country A&M Club in Alice, Texas, the Century Club, the 12th Man and the Sul Ross Group at A&M, College Station, Texas. He was a loyal Aggie in every way. His favorite pastimes were attending Aggie football games, hunting, fishing in Baffin Bay near Corpus Christi, and travel trailering, most notably to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. It was there and at a vacation residence in Ruidoso, N.M. that he and Carolyn would escape to during the summer Texas heat.

After retiring in 2003, he and Carolyn lived in Bryan, Texas, Lake Conroe near Montgomery, Texas and lastly, Conroe, Texas.

Russell is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn Brown. In addition to being a beloved father to his three children, Nancy Thayer of Montgomery, Texas, Melanie Davis of Addison, Texas, and Russell D. Brown (and wife Becky) of Southlake, Texas, Russell was blessed to have been a grandfather to Kimberly Running (and husband Jon), Renee Wilkerson (and husband Ben), Clinton Davis, Shelby Brown, Philip Brown and Pearce Brown. He was also a great-grandfather of three lovely young ladies: Abigail Running, Olivia Wilkerson and Camille Wilkerson. Family and friends will gather to share memories and honor the extraordinary life of Russell at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan from Noon-2 PM on Saturday, February 6, 2016 with a Life Celebration to begin at 2 PM with Pastor Rick Sitton officiating. Aggies Honors and burial will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America at www.scouting.org.

To learn more about Russell or leave condolences for his family, visit www.hillierfuneralhome.com.


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