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Robert R. (Bob) Brown
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018

(03/25/18 Insider Obituary Archives) - Robert R. (Bob) Brown, 88, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Lavender Springs Residential Assisted Living in Dripping Springs, Texas, surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Tulia, with Reverend Charles Davenport, former pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Tulia. A visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the funeral home.

Bob was born on February 19, 1930 in Childress, Texas, the fifth son of Perry L. and Cora Knox Brown. At age 6, the family moved to Amarillo, Texas where Bob attended the public schools and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1948. While attending his beloved Amarillo High, Bob was a perennial Golden Gloves boxing champion, and played quarterback and defensive back on some pretty good Sandie football teams (1946-48).

He later attended Amarillo College and West Texas State College, where he met the love of his life, Dorothy Lou McCasland, in 1951. Bob graduated from WT at mid-term, 1953, with a Bachelor of Science degree, married Dorothy on Christmas Eve 1953, and was immediately inducted into the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Ft. Sill and later Ft. Bliss, before shipping out to Japan and later being stationed in Daegu, South Korea. He served in Korea for one year, after which he joined the USAF reserves. Upon completion of his training and certification at Gunter Air Force Base in Alabama, Bob became an Instructor (single engine jet aircraft) at Amarillo Air Force Base from 1955 to 1958.

In 1958, Bob and Dorothy moved to Tulia and started farming, a passion Bob held close to his heart for the rest of his life. They joined the First Baptist Church where Bob taught the boy's Jr. High Sunday school class and made many of his closest, lifelong friendships. Like so many Panhandle farmers, Bob and Dorothy persevered through tough times with a quiet determination and unshakable resolve, setting an example for their sons on how to responsibly manage the blessings of good years, and overcome the adversity of rough years. In the 1980's, Bob became a licensed real estate broker and enjoyed a second successful career with Ultra Realtors in Amarillo. Bob approached life's ups and downs with integrity, humility, and humor. There was always humor. Even in the most challenging times, humor would work its way to the surface, a trait he shared in full abundance with each of his four brothers. If you ever received a call with a sharp, staccato voice inquiring: "is this the party to whom I am speaking?", or had a strange call from the airline cancelling your next day's flight reservation, or found some unprofessionally painted yard art on your front lawn early on a weekend morning, you had a hunch it was Bob Brown. He loved to laugh and tease and pull practical jokes. He was humble, kindhearted, and found it easy to make friends with people from all walks of life. He was a soldier, farmer, entrepreneur, real estate broker, and a 33rd degree Mason. But most of all, he was a follower of Jesus Christ, and a father, husband, grandfather, and uncle who showered his family with total devotion and endless love.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Tulia and Dripping Springs, a son, Steve and his wife, Gail, of Dripping Springs, nephews Larry Brown, Perry Brown, and David Brown of Amarillo, nephews Roger Brown and Chuck Brown of Longmont, Colorado, nephew Mark Brown of Abilene, Texas, nieces Debbie Brown of Longmont, Colorado and Susan Holland of Hurst Texas, grandsons Logan Brown of Shreveport, Louisiana, Luke Brown of Austin, Texas, and Kyle Brown of Dripping Springs, Texas, granddaughter, Mallory Brantly of Shreveport, Louisiana, and a great granddaughter, Amelia Brantly, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers (Harold, Arthur Hugh, Bill, and Wayne), infant daughter, Carolyn Brown, son, Paul Brown, nephews Mike Brown and Gary Preston Brown, and niece, Sue Lane Brown. Gone from a physical presence but not from our minds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Tulia, or to any charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.kornerstonefunerals.com.

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