Willie Lee Brown

November 6, 1921August 1, 2018

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Willie Lee Brown, Sr., 96, of Bonham, Texas passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Bonham, Texas.

He was born on November 6, 1921 in Grant, Oklahoma to the late John Oliver Brown, Sr. and the late Odessa Rasure. He was one of 13 children, and resided in Hugo, Oklahoma until he was drafted by the United States Army in February 1942 to serve in World War II. Later that year, he married his childhood sweetheart, Obedia Fort (of Missouri). No children resulted from the marriage. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he relocated to Texas, where he met and fathered children with Jolene Harper and worked as a farmer.

In 1990, he moved to Bonham, Texas and became a faithful member of Boyd Baptist Church under the leadership of Jerry Clemmons. For over 28 years, he lived at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home tending the garden, working in the greenhouse and encouraging residents and staff with his faith and the Word of God. His memory is cherished by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father: John Oliver Brown, Sr.; his mother: Odessa Rasure; his stepmother: Rosa Lee Guess; six brothers: Winzell Brown, Charlie B. Brown, John Oliver Brown Jr., Leon Brown, Ardell Brown, Otis Roy Brown; four sisters: Vera Brown, Mary Lee Brown, Patricia Ann Brown, Arline Brown; three sons: John Lewis Brown, Willie Lee Brown Jr., Carl Wayne Brown; and one daughter: Darlene Brown.

He is survived by his wife: Obedia Fort Brown of Kansas City, Missouri; two brothers: Billie Earl Brown of Oklahoma and Oliver Eugene Brown (Ophelia) of Copperas Cove, Texas; one son: Edward Lee Brown (Phalonia) of Lubbock, Texas; five daughters: Earlene Brown, Betty Jean Brown (Tyrone) and Betty Jo Brown, all of Montgomery, Alabama; Elaine Brown of Plainview, Texas; Wilma Brown-Smith (Bennie) of Killeen, Texas; and a host of grandchildren, relatives and friends. He leaves a legacy of faith for many to follow.

Services will be held at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, Texas 76542.

Friends and family may pay their respects at the visitation on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm or at the funeral services on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Charles F. Reid, Jr. of Kingdom Life Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 TX-195, Killeen, Texas.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2018

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Stephanie Rawlins

August 9, 2018

While I am so sorry for the loss of your father, know that your loss will be heaven's gain. Comfort may be found knowing that Willie Brown is in the presence of the Lord and his family that went before him.
My deepest sympathies, from my family to yours.

Elaine Brown

August 9, 2018

Daddy, I know you are in a better place and I can rejoice about that. I know I will see you again one day. It's always hart to let you loved ones go, but God wanted you back. You will be missed! I love you! Your daughter, Elaine.

Stephanie Rawlins

August 6, 2018

Miss Wilma, and the Brown family, may the Lord comfort you during your time of loss; and may you feel the prayers meant to strengthen you as you lean on Him. My sympathies are with you and yours.

Christy Shank

August 5, 2018

My condolences to the Brown family. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.