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Kenneth L. Brown

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Kenneth L. Brown Maestro Kenneth LaRue Brown was born on September 2, 1960 to Thomas LaRue and Mable Marie Limuel Brown in Austin, TX; both preceded him in death. Kenneth was the youngest of three children and was educated in Austin public schools where he was a graduate of L.C. Anderson High School. Kenneth's gift grew extremely and he began to write music and direct. It was then as a teenager, Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church hired him as a musician. During this time Kenneth met and married Bridgette Watts and through this union a beautiful daughter was birthed, Britne LaRue Brown. As a young man Kenneth was very active in the Gospel Music community, the Lord led Kenneth to start his own community choir (Resurrection Community Choir, affectionately known as Resurrection) in the fall of 1985. The Lord moved Kenneth to Houston, TX. During his tenure in Houston, Kenneth became a true "Choirmaster". During this time, Kenneth married Gospel recording artist Kathy Taylor. Kenneth moved back home to Austin and united with the Rosewood Baptist Church where he was appointed the Minister of Music on September 25, 2006, pastored by Rev. Colby Shorter III. God called Kenneth home suddenly on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 5:40 a.m. He leaves a thankful enriched life to be long remembered and cherished by: his loving daughter, Britne LaRue Brown; his granddaughter, Starylnn Renee McKinney; his brother, Thomas E. Brown (Alice); his sister, Jocelyn M. Taylor; his nephews, Kurie Brown, Victor Brown, David McIntosh, Clarence McIntosh, Terrence McIntosh, Johnathan Brown, Mark Taylor, Jr.; and his niece, Jennifer Taylor all from Austin. He also leaves to cherish his memory, a host of relatives, best friend and adopted "big brother" Barry J.W. Franklin, and countless friends, church members and musician friends. His body will lie in state at Rosewood Baptist Church today, 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. A musical celebrating his legacy will be at St. James Baptist Church this evening at 7:00 p.m. featuring gospel artists from around the state and country. A Life Celebration Service will be at St. James Baptist Church on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Attendees are requested to wear colors black and pink. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery. Flowers can be sent to King-Tears Mortuary. Services entrusted to Barry J.W. Franklin, CFSP & A Life Celebration by Franklin. www.king-tearsmortuary.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 29, 2010
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