Charles “Charlie” Alva Brown, 99, son of Lee Andrew and Florence Lucy (Gould) Brown, was born Nov. 12, 1910, in Jamestown, Kan. He passed away March 25, 2010, at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Mo.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Everett and James and wife, Louise; two daughters, Joyce and Betty Jean; and one great-granddaughter, Cherie Lee.
He is survived by five grandsons, Christopher Herron, Danny Herron, Charlie White, Jason Morgan and Mike Mutzebaugh; one granddaughter, Jeannie Bock; six great-grandsons; five great-granddaughters; one great-great grandson; and one great-great granddaughter.
He married Louise Bell Teeters on January 27, 1931, and to this union two children were born.
Charlie was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Houston, Mo. He volunteered his time for the establishment and construction of the new building, which stands today.
Charlie and Louise farmed the sand hills of Nebraska for many years, including during the Great Depression. He was a member of the Lone Star School Board, where his daughters rode their horses to school each day.
Times were hard and neighbors helped each other. Charlie was one of the first farmers in the area to own a combine. He performed custom harvesting for his neighbors. Charlie and family later sold the farm and moved to North Platte, Neb., where his daughters graduated. They then moved to Denver, Colo., and lived in Wheat Ridge, which is a suburb of Denver, until Charlie retired from Time DC Trucking Company in 1967. He won many awards for safe driving during his trucking years.
The family moved to the Ozarks and settled in Houston, Mo., where Charlie worked at many local hardware stores such as Watson’s, Debo’s and Houston Farm and Home. He proudly served the community for many years. Charlie, Lucy, and their dog, Snoopy, made their home near Dogs Bluff, enjoying retirement and spending time with grandchildren. In his spare time, Charlie enjoyed woodworking in his shop and fishing in the farm pond.
Charlie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was always looking for ways to help his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services were held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, March 29, 2010, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with the Rev. David Kettner officiating. Pallbearers were Tim Middelton, Garold Stilley, Frank Steelman, Nick Cavaness, Paul McCallister and Richard Record. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.evansfh.com.