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William R. Brown Jr

February 27, 1941 – July 23, 2022

William R. Brown Jr, “Dub” to all of his many friends, passed away on July 23, 2022 surrounded by members of his family. He was 81 years old. He was born in Baytown on February 27, 1941 to Mrs. Iva Pearl Brown and her husband William Roy Brown, Sr.  His sisters Vera and Velma were 21 and 18 years old respectively when he was born. 

Dub went to school in Channelview and graduated in 1959. He attended Texas A&M for a year and a half until his father passed away. He returned to Channelview and graduated from the University of Houston in 1975. 

He served three years in the US Army and was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany. He enjoyed seeing Europe with a buddy in his convertible VW Bug on weekends.  In his role as company clerk, he was able to write his own passes!

He met his first wife Joan Madelyn Harbison while attending UofH.  They married in 1969 and had two sons Christopher Scott and Joel Michael.  Joan died a day after enjoying their first ‘Model A’ parade together on July 4th 2002.  

Dub is survived by his wife Diane Brown; Christopher, his wife Heather, and their children Ashley, Emily, Chloe and Lindsey, Bryce and Alexis; his son Joel and wife Tanya; and his nephew, Tommy Lynn Bates.

Dub and Diane stayed close to Joan’s brothers and their families, Don and Lonene and their child Meagan as well as Paul and Anna Harbison, their daughter Andrea and son Paul Evan. 

He will be deeply missed by his step children: Brandy Beverly and her children Franklin, Kirk and Claudia Dambra; Amy and Edward Polasek and their daughter Claire; and Eric Beverly, his wife Deborah Wise and their son Jacob. 

He also leaves behind his brother-in-law William C. (Bill) Parten, his wife Kathryn and their daughter Kathryn Jr. 

On December 3, 2002, Dub married his old friend Diane. They had known each other since he was 18 and she was 16. They were married over 19 years and enjoyed traveling to China, Canada, and Europe — from the arch of the boot in Italy to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. They traveled from British Columbia to Mexico and covered the east coast of the US.

Dub and Diane enjoyed their first 10 years together in Huntsville where they met and made many lifelong friends. Dub always helped with “Granny’s Kitchen” every fall. After 2008, they spent most of their summers in Cloudcroft, New Mexico — their happy place. 

If Dub could see all of his friends today, he would say “This is just peachy.” 

Dub seemed to always lead with kindness. He died in grace and with grace… 

A memorial service to honor Dub will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th at:

The First Methodist Church of Huntsville 
1016 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX 77320

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of his churches:

The First Methodist Church of Huntsville 
1016 Sam Houston Ave Huntsville, TX 77320

The Cloudcroft Methodist Church
50 Chipmunk Ave, Cloudcroft, NM 88317

First Methodist Church of Georgetown
410 E University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626

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