Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 21, 2013

Larry Brown

Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Services for Larry Brown, 59, of Jacksonville will be at 3 p.m. Fri., March 22,  at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, with the Revs. Joel McMahon, IV and Barbara Hugghins officiating.

Burial will follow at Meador Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

Larry was born July 29, 1953 in Jacksonville and died Wednesday morning on the first day of spring at his Jacksonville residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by brother, David Patrick Brown; nephew, Will Brown; and niece, Jennifer Stone.

Survivors include wife, Linda Stone Brown of Jacksonville; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Chris Petrole of Lantana, and Megan and Jason Foster of Forney; grandchildren, Piper and Stone Petrole, both of Lantana, and Hallie, Lauren and Hausten Foster, all of Forney; and sister, Kay Brown of Jacksonville.

Larry was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville where he was also a member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. He was raised in the community of Mixon and attended public schools in Troup, Jacksonville and New Summerfield, graduating from Troup High School in 1971.

An avid golfer who enjoyed a day at the links, Larry was blessed with an infectious personality which attracted friends from many walks of life who were drawn to a kind and gentle man who knew your name, made you feel special and let you know he truly cared.

While lacking a formal advanced education, Larry was a real life success story _ a self-made, old school "rag man" who traveled throughout Texas, surrounding states and much of the southern U.S., selling professional and collegiate logo sportswear to capably provide for his family for almost four decades.

There were many changes in his industry and company throughout the years, but Larry was a constant, surviving the changing tides and standing the test of time.

While he had many interests, Larry's true passion was his family. His love for his wife of almost 40 years, Linda, two children and five grandchildren was unmistakable.  They were his real treasures.

Pallbearers will be Weldon Cook, Eric Tarrant, Allen Bundrick, Eric Lewis, James Van Horn, Bill Hart, Bill Goodwin and Mark Canter.

The family requests that memorials be made to either the Building Fund at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville or Heart to Heart Hospice in Tyler.