Shreveport attorney and civic leader.
Algie D. Brown
SHREVEPORT, LA - Mr. Algie D. Brown 94, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, October 29, 2004, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Brown was born in a log house on a farm near Waldo, AR, on March 8, 1910, to parents, John Spence Brown and Melody Bryan Brown. He resided in Shreveport since 1924 and was a member of the First Baptist Church for more than 75 years. Algie lived for his family and in turn, was deeply loved by his large family and many friends.
Visitation will be at Osborn Funeral Home in Shreveport from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2004. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, in the Frost Chapel of the First Baptist Church in Shreveport. Dr. Greg Hunt will lead the services. Algie will be laid to rest next to his first wife, Hazel Turner Brown, at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport in a private ceremony following the chapel services.
Mr. Brown graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 1928, Centenary College in 1934, and went on to obtain a law degree from LSU in 1935. He was a practicing attorney in Shreveport until 1943, when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served his country during World War II as a Lieutenant aboard several aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater, and was radar control officer aboard the U.S.S. Natoma Bay when the escort carrier was hit by a Japanese kamakazie airplane during the Okinawa Campaign in June 1945.
He was honorably discharged from active duty in the Naval Reserve in 1946, when he returned to Shreveport to resume his law practice. He married Hazel Turner Brown in 1947, to whom he was devoted for the rest of her life. After Hazel passed away in 1994, he later remarried to Elise Beaudreaux Brown of Ruston, LA, in 1996. The death of Elise in 2003 was an emotional blow from which he never fully recovered.
Algie was interested in politics ever since he heard former Louisiana Governor Huey Long give a controversial speech in Shreveport in the early 1930's. The citizens of Caddo Parish elected Mr. Brown to represent them as a legislator in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1948, a position that he held until 1972 when he decided not to run for re-election. During those 24 years, he served under four different governors.
Algie was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Brown of Shreveport and his second wife, Elise Brown, also of Shreveport; parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Spence Brown of Shreveport and his six brothers and sisters, O.D. Brown of Groves, TX, J.D. Brown of Rancho Cordova, CA, Peggy Brown Balzersen of Tulsa, OK, Buell and Doyle Brown, both of Shreveport, and Dottye Dimple Brown Mason of Rancho Murietta, CA.
He is survived by his sons Curtis of Shreveport and Bryan of Salt Lake City, UT, Bryan's wife, Susan Jones, and two grandsons, Nathan Turner Brown and Samuel Jones Brown; his brother-in-law, John R. Mason of Roseville, CA, and sisters-in-law, Joyce Brown and Sue Brown, both of Shreveport; stepdaughters, Malise O'Banion of Texarkana, TX, and stepsons, Skip Brown of Longview, TX, and Tim Brown of Shreveport; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family wishes to thank caregivers Romona Brown, Barbara Washington, Russell Wrenn, and staff of Christus Schumpert and Dubuis Hospitals of Shreveport for their tender attention to Algie in his final days.
Pallbearers will include his son, Bryan Brown, his nephew, David Buell Brown, great-nephews, Ryan Spence Brown and Sean Foy, and members of the Board of Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport.
The family requests that any memorials, if desired, be made to the Scholarship Fund at Centenary College for the Classes of 1930-1935.
Shreveport attorney and former state legislator dies
Funeral services pending for Algie Dee Brown.
By Loresha Wilson
Shreveport attorney and former state legislator Algie Dee Brown died Friday morning following a lengthy illness. He was 84.
The active member of First Baptist Church in Shreveport was in less than good health since the death of his second wife last year. "That really made him sad; and he never really bounced back," Bryan Brown said of his dad.
Born March 8, 1910, in a log house near Waldo, Ark., Algie Brown moved to Shreveport in 1924. He was a graduate of C.E. Byrd High School and Centenary College, where he was editor and chief of the Centenary Conglomerate. In 1935, Brown earned a law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
The reserved, honest man also was known by close friends and relatives for his wit.
"He had a dry sense of humor," Bryan Brown recalled Friday afternoon. "He was known to tell corny jokes. They were embarrassing when I was a kid. But then later, as I got older, I looked forward to them."
Algie Brown's greatest love, aside from politics and education was supporting his family, his son said. "His family was his hobby. Family, but not only his wife and children, but mother, father, brother, sister and cousin. He put a lot of time into family and its values."
Brown practiced law in Shreveport from 1935 until he was called to active military duty. He immediately resumed his law practice upon his honorable discharge from the Naval Reserves in 1946.
A year later, Brown ran for a seat in Louisiana House of Representatives. That began a 24-year stint in the state Legislature.
During his six terms in the House, Brown co-authored bills that brought Louisiana State and Southern universities to Shreveport.
Shreveport attorney Jackson Davis, a former state senator, remembers his former colleague as a statesman and one who usually focused his attention on the people of Louisiana.
"Algie was highly respected. He conducted himself in a honest way. And he made an excellent representative in the Legislature for the people of Louisiana.
"He was a man of conviction and acted accordingly without hesitation," Davis said. "It is relatively bad that we don't have more like he was. He was a good man; and we are all going to miss him."
Brown and Hazel Charlotte Turner, now deceased, were married in 1947. He later married Elise Beaudreaux, now deceased.
Funeral services for Brown are pending. He is survived by sons Curtis and Bryan and his wife, Susan, and their sons, Nathan and Sam.
Hazel Charlotte Turner Brown
1919–1994 (m. 1947)
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