Words from Jimmie Brown’s Grandchildren
I read the following that was written by my cousin, Carmen, at my grandpa’s funeral with all the other grandchildren around me.
Though the time we were lucky enough to spend with Jimmie Brown was too brief, we know we were truly blessed to have him as our Grandpa. He made sure that every moment spent with us was precious. The memories he made with us and the lessons he taught us are a testament to the truly amazing man he was.
He made sure his children and grandchildren had opportunities and experiences he didn’t have. Because he was thoughtful and generous, he made sure we did not waste them and shared all that he had with us. Grandpa’s intelligence and curiosity made him truly wealthy with knowledge. But his love of sharing that knowledge has enriched all of our lives. While we’ve all heard tales of how loud he could yell, he was truly patient with us. He wanted us to be well-educated and well-prepared for the world and gave us the gift of what he knew. It is a testament to his patience tha the took the time to teach us how to drive everything from a motorcycle, four-wheeler, to a standard shift and made sure we knew how to do it right. He’d smile and wait quietly and tell us to try again even as we would stall out again and again and again.
He didn’t only gift us with his wisdom but taught us to be thoughtful and to truly care for what we had, whether they were cars or people. He showed us how to recognize and share the joy from our days by being gracious and polite to all those we met. Or by singing, Good Morning to You, on early mornings. Grandpa knew how to play a good joke or give us a good surprise or scare. He definitely shared a sweet tooth with us and we never even had to ask. He’d have a peanut butter cup or root beer or snickers bar hidden away for us, too.
Our grandpa was the definition of generosity and always had a new story of treasure to show us. Each visit brought a new lesson . Often he said, If you take care of your things, they will take care of us. And there is more than enough proof in the toys, guns, antiques, cars, machines and home that Grandpa kept running smoothly, but he truly embodies this lesson in taking care of his family and loved ones. He gave us time and knowledge, love and stories and laughs, and we can only hope to make him proud. His kindness, wisdom, and generosity is truly a legacy we can strive to carry on. We are truly fortunate to be the grandchildren of Jimmie Brown and can only hope to strive to live up to his name and legacy.
Here is the obituary that my grandma, uncle Kenny, and I wrote that was in the Sunday edition of the Daily Oklahoman
Jimmie Luther Brown, Sr. of Choctaw, OK, born Oct 23, 1931 to LeRoy Brown and Beulah (McCoin) Brown passed at the age of 78 on Friday, July 23, 2010 of natural causes in Midwest City, OK. Jimmie married Alice (Burris) Brown on October 27, 1956.
He is survived by his wife; Alice, one daughter Leisa B Aiken (Dan), two sons Jimmie L. Brown, Jr. (Mercedes) and Kenneth L. Brown (Michele). Also surviving are his sisters, Martha Otto and Esther
Brown, five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Jimmie was honorably discharged as a Tech Sgt; serving 10 years in the US Air Force and Air Reserve. He retired from Tinker AFB as an equipment specialist in 1982. Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, July 26, 2010, at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel.
I will really miss my grandpa, but I will live everyday to make him proud and try to live up to his name that I was given. It’s only been lately that I’ve really come to be honored and realize the enormous legacy my name came with.