Funeral services for Lee Edward Brown, 96, of Farmerville, will be held at the Farmerville United Methodist Church on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 11:00am. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 til 8:00pm at Farrar Funeral Home. A private family interment will be at McDaniel Cemetery, Kelly, LA Tuesday afternoon under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Lee was born in Shreveport, LA on July 26, 1918 and went to his heavenly home on January 10, 2015. He graduated from Byrd High School and became the first Eagle Scout in Troop 90. He graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1949 with a degree in business.
Service in the Army Corps was in Trinidad and Panama where he reached the rank of Sargent. Back in the U.S. he graduated from Engineer Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lt. He was recalled to service and spent 1 year and 1 day in Korea. He received an honorable discharge as a 1st Lt. He was a member of DAV and VFW veteran’s organization.
Lee was married to Dottie L. Starling for 68 years. They had two children, Dr. Edward Lansing (Lanny) Brown, a radiologist from Monroe, LA and Laura Kathleen McCrory, a retired teacher of Fairview, TX. Survivors include Emilee and Analise Brown of New Orleans and Erin Evans of Dallas. TX and Allison McCrory of Falmouth, ME.
He was a business manager of Pinecrest State School in Pineville, LA, administrator of Washington St. Tammany Charity Hospital in Bogalusa, LA, Lake Charles Charity Hospital and E. A. Conway Hospital in Monroe, LA from which he took an early retirement to become Executive Director of the Louisiana Hospital Association where he served until retirement.
Moving to Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville started a whole new life of travel, volunteer work, dancing and just plain fun. Grandchildren on the lake fishing, skiing, and swimming, volunteering as the storyteller (Mr. Grandpa), and writing children’s stories for the Union Parish Library. He was also an active member of the Farmerville Lions Club.
In September 2010 he married Peggy Gilbert Russell at the Chapel on Lake D’Arbonne. They literally danced the night away at least 3 times a week, even winning some dance contests at the age of 95.
Lee is survived by his wife Peggy and her children Terri Brown and Mike Russell. Also, many grandchildren and great grandchildren of both Peggy and Lee.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Union Parish Library Children’s Section at 202 W. Jackson St., Farmerville, LA 71241.
This obituary was written by Mr. Lee E. Brown.