OBITUARY

Thomas J Brown

November 16, 1935September 22, 2020

Thomas Joseph Brown was born in Jefferson City, MO on November 16, 1935, to Joseph Franklin Brown and Hazel Fern Lovell Brown. He spent his childhood enjoying his grandmothers, riding his bike, spending time with his big white dog, playing baseball and working to become an Eagle Scout. He lettered in baseball all four years of high school and was team captain his Senior year. He graduated from Jefferson City High School and attended the junior college there. From there, he went to CMSU in Warrensburg and graduated in May 1959 with a BS in Business Administration. After graduation, he received an appointment of 2LT in the Army Medical Service Corps, then served in Germany at the 549th Ambulance Co attached to the 10th Field Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany. Prior to leaving for Germany, he met Doris Scott. They began dating and were married in 1961. They later moved with the Army to Denver, CO where Tom served at Fitzsimmons General Hospital as a Treasurer and Aide de Camp to the Commanding General. Their first daughter, Suzy, was born in Denver, CO in 1964.

After the Army, he took on a new career in sales, first selling pharmaceuticals, and then for the State of Missouri Division of Economic Development. While living in Jefferson City, MO their second daughter was born, Kristy, in 1967.

Later he worked in commercial banking, mortgage banking, and then began his real estate career. He loved working with daughter Suzy, and creating many lasting relationships in the real estate world in Blue Springs, MO. They lived nearby daughter Suzy and her husband Bryan Morrison, and son Matt Morrison. They enjoyed attending baseball games and other activities over his formative years. They also enjoyed spending time with the Morrison extended family.

After 15 years in real estate, he retired and moved to the Ozarks to be near their daughter Kristy, her husband Christian Forrer, and daughters Carleigh, Kennady, and son Chase. They greatly enjoyed the area and attending the grandchildren’s many varied events over their childhood. After 10 years in the Springfield area, they moved back to Grain Valley.

Tom was an only child, but married into a large family. He immensely enjoyed his three brothers-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Henry and Norma Hebel, Clay and Darlene Gregory, and Dick and Pat Cramer. Later came nieces and nephews whom he adored.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his wife, children, and grandchildren. In his own words, “together they were my pride and joy.” Tom also asked to have included in his memorial the fact that he enjoyed meeting people, forming relationships and developing meaningful friendships along life’s path. He enjoyed the different perspectives that each person had to offer, and he respected everyone. He loved “being involved in people’s lives” and he “tried to live as a Godly man, upholding the Golden Rule.”

Thank you for your presence in his life, and in ours.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

Memories

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Jackie Dorman

October 8, 2020

Suzy, Bryan and the entire Brown family,
I am so sad to hear of Tom’s passing. Words of wisdom and guidance from Tom still stick with me to this day. My favorite quote was “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” I still use that and other Tom quotes when navigating transactions and in my personal life. He was always a team player even though we never worked in the same office. He embraced marketing I coordinated for a new home community and never made decisions based on his personal agenda but always did what was best for the entire community. The world has lost an amazing man. He is greatly missed. I know his values and wisdom live on through all of you.

Fontella Jamison

September 26, 2020

I feel blessed to have known Tom. I first met him when we served on Finance Committee at church. Later, we were In same Bible Study group. My prayers for Doris and family.

Patricia Robinson

September 26, 2020

He was always a kind fellow Realtor and always helpful to those of us learning! Just a real nice man! My sympathy to the family.
Pat Robinson.

Carol Loges

September 26, 2020

Tom will be greatly missed. I always enjoyed our conversations and am so glad we kept in touch throughout the years. I so enjoyed his sense of humor and great smile. He reminded me so much of my dad (David) and of course Uncle Joe. So sorry I couldn't attend his service because of being out of state. I have pictures that I will be glad to send so please keep in touch. You are all in my prayers. With sympathy cousin Carol

Annette Rovello

September 25, 2020

I met the Browns when I was in 7th grade, more than 40 years ago. He was always kind and helpful...a wonderful father figure. Our families became lifelong friends. The world has definitely lost someone who possessed the increasingly rare qualities of honesty and integrity. Thanks for being my friend. It was a pleasure to know you.

Sissy Reed

September 25, 2020

I knew Tom for many years. He and Doris went to First Baptist, I got to know Tom better during his Mortgage days. Always a delight to work with. Then I really got to Doris during her Russell Stover days. The 2 of them had such beautiful smiles. Tom was a blessing to all that knew him. He will be missed.

Patricia Gargano

September 25, 2020

We were blessed to be the extended Morrison family. Our family enjoyed celebrating years of holidays and birthdays with Tom and Doris.
The birthdays included the tradition of wearing a funny birthday hat. Tom was in the October/November group. He always wore his with the enthusiasm only Tom Brown could muster. We loved his dry sense of humor. His jokes were entertaining, even though it took, at times, a long pause to figure them out.
Tom and Doris have been so kind, thoughtful and generous to our family over the years.
Our sympathies and love to Doris, and the entire family.

Dana, Patty, Ryan, Michael
Gargano

Terri Bohon

September 25, 2020

Tom and Doris were wonderful friends. They were engaging and fun to be around. Tom was truly a fine example of a Christian husband and father. He certainly loved his family.

Adrain & Linda Lemen

September 25, 2020

We enjoyed our relationship with Tom & Doris and often visited with them and met for meals while they lived in Nixa. Our prayers for the family are that the great memories will help fill the void of their loss. We were blessed to have been friends with Tom and Doris as we attended church with them for many years at FBC Blue Springs and continued our friendship while they were in Nixa.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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