Joseph Louis Brown II ""Brownie"", 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Only child to Joseph Louis and Marie Weinheimer Brown of Houston, TX, Joe grew up in Houston, graduating from Lanier Middle School and Lamar High School.
After high school, Joe spent a semester at Texas A&M and later entered the Naval Officer Training Program at Southwestern University. He then attended the University of Texas in Austin earning a Business degree and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Following his graduation, he worked for Creole Petroleum in Venezuela where he became fluent in Spanish. Later, he returned to the University of Texas to earn his geology degree and spent the next 3 years as a barite specialist.
Inspired to work for himself, he decided to make a career shift by opening a record store called the ""Disc Count House"" off Bissonnet near Kirby and later founded Home Entertainment, Inc. in 1957. Shortly thereafter, he married his true love, Marie Collonge of Dickinson, TX on October 13, 1962
He successfully grew Home Entertainment to include 10 locations in Houston and Dallas, eventually adding Auto Entertainment. He sold the company in February 1999. In addition, he also founded Industrial Audio Video, Inc. an affiliate of Home Entertainment in 1971, still in business today.
He was a long time member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, a member of the Executive Breakfast Club, and a member of River Oaks Country Club where he enjoyed golf. He was an avid fisherman and tennis player for many years and followed sports closely.
Joe was a dignified man and known for his great integrity in all matters. His last concerns were always for his family and that they would be okay without him. He was fair and generous on all counts, extremely hard-working and never knew a stranger. Throughout his life he served as a business mentor to many and treated everyone he met with great respect and courtesy. He always showed great concern for his employees.
He is survived by his devoted wife Marie Brown, daughters Erin Brown and Julie McMahon, son in law Kevin McMahon, of Houston, as well as five grandchildren: Joe, Gwyneth, David, Lillian and Genevieve McMahon who adored him and loved spending time with their grandfather. They will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his son, Joseph Louis Brown, III (Louis).
He is also survived by lifelong friends and his new friends within the community at The Hallmark. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the compassion, love and support they received and continue to receive from The Hallmark.
The family will be hosting a memorial service in the community center of The Hallmark (4718 Hallmark Drive) at 10:00am on Thursday, September 18, 2014. In lieu of flowers, that family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association
in honor of Joe's wife, Marie.
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Published by Houston Chronicle on Sep. 16, 2014.