|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 2009|
Dentist. Practiced in Tulsa, OK.
September 22, 2009
Charles Merril Brown
1926 - 2009
The Muskogee Phoenix Tue Sep 22, 2009, 11:18 PM CDT
Charlie Brown, one of God's beloved disciples, died peacefully September 17th at age 82. Blessing his life was his wife, Rosie, daughters, Lisa (Jonathan Levin), Susan (Steve) Braselton, Julie (Chas) Foote and Jennifer Brown. Grandchildren, Cassady Wehba, Emma and Jake Braselton were the light of his life. They have many stories to tell of Papaw and all they shared and taught one another. Extended family members are numerous. His parents, Charlie and Edna, preceded him in death, as did sisters, Edna, Janie and Helen. A sister, Belle and brothers, Forrest and Mickey survive him. His friends were legion and he valued and respected them all.
Charlie was born on a farm near Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, December 3, 1926. Growing up and working on the farm taught him the value of perseverance, hard work and patience. A lifelong love of nature and the outdoors was also a result of his upbringing. Above all, his family gifted him with a broad vision of what it means to be a citizen of the world. That was enlarged by his experiences serving in three different branches of the military. The G.I. Bill provided funding for his education. For a short time he was a chemist before entering the University of Missouri School of Dentistry, graduating in 1954. After graduation he located in Tulsa, where he was a pioneer with others in a preventative dentistry practice. His overriding concern was doing quality dentistry for people, but always his goal was seeing and treating everyone as a whole person with many issues besides their dental health. Retirement came in 1992 and freed him for time in other interest. Among them were reading, biking, gardening, traveling, visiting with friends and family. He and Rosie were global citizens, and throughout all of married life, as they raised their family, international visitors graced their lives. Most of this was through Tulsa Global Alliance. In 1993-95 they lived in one of Tulsa's Sister Cities Zelenograd, Russia. Charlie believed when we interact with people from other cultures, we are no longer afraid of the "other" whoever that other may be. In Russia they met Mulugeta, an Ethiopian, and subsequently sponsored him to come to Tulsa where he was registered as a political refugee. He is now a member of the Brown family. Another is Tom Loepp, an artist and a citizen of the world.
Charlie had a deep commitment to his Christian faith, expressing it in many ways, all of it undergirded by prayer and Bible study. For 41 years every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. he met with a group of men at First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for 50 years. The camaraderie was exceptional. Serving as an elder and clerk of session was satisfying. The last few years have been at College Hill Presbyterian where he was currently an elder. His faith was central to who he was-a kind, gentle, wise, caring and compassionate man who valued all of life, but had a hope beyond this life on earth. You were a good man, Charlie Brown!
Donations to Heifer International or Doctors without Borders or your favorite charity.
Services will be at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 712 S. Columbia, Tulsa, OK, Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Charles Houston Brown (1894 - 1971)
Edna Earl Spurlock Brown (1898 - 1974)
Fort Gibson National Cemetery
Plot: Section CS 17
Maintained by: Steven Laird
Originally Created by: Lonnie Hoover
Record added: Jun 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72195117
Added: Sep. 18, 2014
Thank you Sir, for your service in two wars and in two different branches of our military.|
Added: Sep. 18, 2014