Delbert Lee Brown
August 11, 1931 – July 2, 2020
July 2, 2020, Delbert (Del) Lee Brown, Edmond, OK, loving husband and father entered eternal life. He was born August 11, 1931 in Wellston, OK, to Bert and Goldie Brown. He graduated from Wellston High School in 1948. He excelled in all sports, especially basketball. After graduating, he worked on the construction of the Turner Turnpike until he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served from 1952 to 1954, most of that time spent in Germany where he enjoyed playing basketball for the Base team. After his Army career, he worked for Fairmont Dairy in Guthrie for two years and then moved to Oklahoma City to begin his career as a salesman for Nabisco where he worked for 43 years.
Known by many as “The Cookie Man” since he would always bring cookies and crackers to any event or function. In 1997, he retired from Nabisco as one of their all-time top salesmen. Always a fierce competitor, Del loved sports and his real calling was as a coach for all three of his sons. For many years, mainly with his late dear friend, Buster Cloud, he co-coached numerous kids for the team, The Giants, with the final crowning accomplishment of winning the State Baseball summer league in 1977. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, horse racing, and his main passion, bowling, from which he was inducted into both the Oklahoma City and Oklahoma State Bowling Hall of Fames. He always took time to help coach kids at the bowling center which he thoroughly loved to do. He attended Britton Baptist Church for many years and later, Life Church.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Lucy.
Survived by their three sons, Joe, Jeff (Laurie), Greg (Kathy), his sister Linda (Ray) as well as his current wife, Carol and her son Travis (Allyson) and grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, several cousins and a host of wonderful friends. Del will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
A family grave-side memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 9th, 10:00 a.m., at Wellston Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date due to the current pandemic.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to The Delbert Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship c/o Dicki Ward at email@example.com.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Delbert Lee Brown
July 7, 2020
I’ve known Del for 50+ years in which he has mentored me through many of life’s struggles. I don’t know how our Monday breakfast group will manage without Del telling us whose turn it is to pick a place!
July 7, 2020
Delbert Brown is one of the most kind and thoughtful people I've ever known. His greeting was always a huge smile and a bear hug, whether you'd seen him a year ago or yesterday. The world will be a little less bright. Sending love and many hugs to his loved ones.
July 6, 2020
My heart is broken for all Delberts family. I feel very fortunate to have met Delbert when I was invited to join the Tuesday lunch group. He was always so kind, full of hugs and loved by so many. I will miss this gentle giant!
July 6, 2020
I first met Delbert in 1967 at Puddin' Lanes Bowling center, where I was a concourse boy. He was always so kind to me and everyone around us. So many happy memories made in the bowling centers. Later on as I was getting older he helped me to get on with Nabisco Foods as a sales rep. He was so dedicated to his family, friends and work. I'll always be grateful for his kindness & friendship and know he will be sorely missed by all that knew him. A truly great guy !!!
Brenda Hagar Cannon
July 5, 2020
I’ve known Del all my life. He was like family. He and my dad were best friends for over 60 years. Bowled together for at least 50 years. So many precious memories. He was the sweetest kindest person and loved his family and friends with all of his heart. You couldn’t meet a sweeter man.
July 3, 2020
Sad to hear about Del. When I first starting bowling in the 70s, obviously my skills were not the best. He always gave me encouragement to keep trying. Don't get down on yourself. Make the best of every shot. And most of all watch and learn. I will always remember these words of wisdom from Del. A respected man who took the time to help me.