|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1906|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1947|
My uncle Joe, son of James Walter Brown and Anne Austin Manion married Margaret Louise Washington on 4 January 1927 in Tulsa OK.
GAINESVILLE DAILY REGISTER March 13 1947
Joe E. Brown Found Dead at Delaware Fishing Camp
Gainesville Accountant Had Been Ill; Funeral At Oklahoma City
Joe E. Brown, 40, certified public accountant and veteran of WWII was found dead in a cabin at his Delaware Bend fishing camp about 7:30 o'clock Monday morning. A .22 calibre rifle lay near his cot. One bullet had entered his right temple.
Coroner Shelby Fletcher, who accompanied local officers to the scene, held an inquest and rendered a verdict of suicide by gunshot.
He was a native of Gainesville, having been born in this city July 2, 1907, son of the late Walter Brown. His father was a well known traveling salesman. His mother resides on a farm in Delaware Bend but spent a portion of the recent winter months in Gainesville. Her son's fishing camp, known as Camp Delaware, adjoined the farm on Lake Texoma.
Joe Brown volunteered for army service in 1943 and was trained as a artilleryman in Louisiana and California. He went through several of the most tragic campaigns on the Pacific theater with the 81st division. He was a technical sergeant. He was aboard ship destined for the invasion of the Japanese mainland when the war ended.
During his overseas service he was once wounded and suffered several severe illnesses.
An expert accountant, Mr. Brown had worked for some of the larger accounting firms of the nation. For a number of years he was a traveling auditor for a large chain of grocery stores, with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Illness forced him to resign this work and go to Arizona for his health.
He enlisted in the army at Los Angeles. Following his discharge, the status of his health demanded that he remain outdoors much of the time, whereupon he returned to the family farm at Delaware Bend where he established a fishing camp. He had planned on opening another and larger resort on Lake Texoma this year.
In recent months, he came to Gainesville and accepted employment for the winter season with a local accounting firm. A few days ago he suffered a nervous breakdown and returned to the farm.
Doc Williams, a neighbor, told officers that he was with Mr. Brown about 7 o'clock Monday morning. They drank coffee together and made plans for a trip to Dexter, several miles distant. Williams went for his car and upon returning to the cabin, sounded his horn several times. Getting no response, he went into the cabin, where he found Mr. Brown dead. Two notes, addressed to local persons, were found nearby. His mother was spending the weekend with friends in Gainesville and was advised of the tragedy by Sheriff Emory Horn.
Dr. Charles Estes, pastor of the Whitesboro Presbyterian church and intimate friend of the family, officiated at the funeral services for Joe E. Brown at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of the George J. Carrol and Son Funeral home.
The body will be shipped to Oklahoma City on the Santa Fe train at 6 o'clock Tuesday evening and burial will be 10:30 Wenesday morning in Rosehill cemetery beside his wife, who died 15 years ago.
Mr. Brown is survived by his mother, Mrs. Walter Brown; a daughter, Betty Jo Brown, Oklahoma City; two sisters, Mrs. T. W. Fentem, Oklahoma City and Mrs. Joe Clement, Chickasha, Okla.; three brothers, Austin, of Los Angeles, Sanford of Lexington, Ky., and Wylie of Oklahoma City, also numerous other relatives. He was a grandson of the late Capt. Billy C. Brown of Gainesville.
James Walter Brown (1868 - 1930)
Anne Austin Manion Brown (1875 - 1967)
Margaret Louise Washington Brown (1908 - 1931)*
William Austin Brown (1896 - 1979)*
Sanford Newman Brown (1898 - 1973)*
Callie Louise Brown Fentem (1899 - 1996)*
Walter Manion Brown (1901 - 1939)*
Sarah Evelyn Brown Clement (1903 - 2000)*
Joseph Edward Brown (1906 - 1947)
Wylie Neilson Brown (1912 - 2002)*
Rose Hill Burial Park
Created by: J R Clement
Record added: Sep 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15695356
Added: May. 11, 2007