OBITUARY

Tommy L. Brown

February 15, 1930June 12, 2019
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Tommy Brown, former mayor of North Richland Hills, passed away on June 12, 2019. Tommy was born in Fort Worth on February 15, 1930 to Benjamin and Annie Brown. Tommy is predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Gretchen and Imalove, and brothers Ben, Mark, Jean, Bill and Brian. He is survived by Sue Brown, his wife of 46 years, daughter Julie Gunter (Mike), daughter Sharon Brown, and son Randy Brown (Holly). He is also survived by his three grandsons, Jeremy Neeley (Nora), Riley Gunter and Cole Gunter, granddaughter Sofia Brown, great-granddaughter Mia Neeley, sister Dorothy Butler, and special niece Tori, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. Tommy was a lifelong resident of Tarrant County and a 60-year resident of North Richland Hills. After serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Okinawa, he returned to Fort Worth and worked as a journeyman printer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram during the day. At night, he attended school and obtained his degree from Texas Wesleyan University. In the late fifties, he started B&B Pest Control which he owned and operated for twenty-five years. Tommy served his community in many capacities over the decades. He was a longtime member of the Northeast Richland Lions Club and Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce and helped establish programs like the Alliance for Children and Tarrant County Crime Stoppers. Tommy was a board member of Birdville ISD Foundation for Educational Excellence, Northeast YMCA, Community Enrichment Center, Cornerstone Assistance Network and Tarrant County Housing Partnership, just to name a few. As a member of North Richland Hills Baptist Church, he served on several committees and was very active in his Ambassador Bible Study class. Tommy had a passion for serving his family and his community. One of Tommy’s greatest honors was serving as Mayor of North Richland Hills from 1988 through 1998. Under Tommy’s leadership, a number of improvements helped make NRH the “City of Choice” it is today. As Mayor, he served in many capacities including Chair of the Tarrant County Mayor’s Council and Regional Director of the Texas Municipal League. During his term as Mayor, Tommy led the expansion of several unique, city-owned amenities including Iron Horse Golf Course, NRH20 Water Park, Green Valley Park and many other parks. He and Sue were honored for their service to the city with a park bearing their names in 2005. Tommy was genuine and kind with an enormous heart. He leaves many wonderful memories to his treasured group of friends and family. A celebration of life will be held at North Richland Hills Baptist Church at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Family will greet guests in the foyer after the service. Should friends desire, donations may be made in Tommy’s memory to the Cornerstone Assistance Network or Stronger Together, two programs for which he cared deeply at North Richland Hills Baptist Church. The family wishes to thank the staff of Emerald Hills Rehab Center and Heart-to-Heart Hospice, and thanks you for honoring Tommy’s life.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 18, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Family will greet guests in the foyer following the service

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Tori Walls

June 30, 2019

I will miss him very much. When I was 8 years old I went to live with my aunt Sue and Uncle Tom for a couple of years. I will never forget living with them it was some of the best years of my life. I remember I used to sit in Tom's lap watching t.v after school or on the weekends. I loved him so very much and he was so good to me. Over the years Sue and Tom were always there for me when I needed help. Whenever I needed him he was always there. He was always happy, kind, and a great mentor to me. He will always have a very special place in my heart. I love him so much...

Diane DeWitt

June 20, 2019

Dear Randy,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know your Father, he sounds like he was a very well respected, hard working, much Loved Wonderful Husband and Father that will Be Greatly Missed. I know he was Proud of the Man that you have become. My heart and Prayers are with you and your family during this time, Much Love, Peace and Comfort to come your way....
Love Always,
Diane DeWitt

Cindy Bauer

June 18, 2019

Sometimes in our life someone comes along that changes your life forever. For us here at Emerald Hills that persons is Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Your love and caring for each other made us realized what life is all about. Thank you for sharing Tommy with us.

Love from Emerald Hills Nursing and Rehab.

Michael Logan

June 16, 2019

We are so very sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. He was a very kind and thoughtful man. We got to know Sue and Tommy as our sons played RYA baseball together. We have the comfort of knowing that he is now in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

Vicki and Michael Logan

Bill Mapston

June 15, 2019

Tommy and Sue always helped my wife JACKIE with the monthly lunch after the Senior bible study. If asked to taste test anything,Tommy would say " it needs more salt" so the ladies would add a little more salt. I was happy to serve with Tommy at the Northeast Richland Lions club. He encouraged me at become president and help our club grow and prosper. Tommy was a good man. Never knowing a stranger

judy ralph

June 15, 2019

tom was the best brother-in-law anyone could ever have! a great asset to our family.

Delta Johnston

June 15, 2019

I always enjoyed my visits with Tommy and I will miss his smiling face.

Nancy Watkins

June 14, 2019

Dear Sue and Family.......we were so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing. I'll always remember grilling those burgers and hot dogs for our Northeast Richland Lions Club. And I remember when, as the Adventure World rabbit, I surprised him during a council meeting. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob & Nancy Watkins
Haltom City