Joseph Jason Brown, known by most as “Jay,” died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. His wife of 65-plus year s , Bet t y (Elizabeth Hilliard Brown), was with him as were his daughters, Cindy Brown Carnegie and Jennie Brown Perry.
Born in Miami, Florida, on Oct. 29, 1926, to William Joseph Brown and Llewella Radcliff Brown and raised by a loving Stepmother Carese Adams Brown.
Jay was a graduate of the University of Florida and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Most of his professional life was spent in commercial real- estate and particularly as director of real estate for Burger King Corp.
Jay and Betty moved to Rockdale in 1982. They quickly and eagerly became active members of many organizations in town. Some of Jay’s passions were Rotary, the Christmas Roundup, the MARC Center and St. John’s Methodist Church.
He loved welcoming so many to his annual Fourth of July Picnic, as well as the Easter Sunrise Service in the pasture.
Jay was the ver y proud grandfather to Daniel Carnegie, Marcus Carnegie, Lucy Carnegie, Tracy Perry Holland and Elizabeth Perry Ault, as well as six great-grandchildren, Michael, Philip, John Emmet, Paige, Cooper and Zoey. Jay is also survived by his sister, Carese Brown Helmuth of Atlanta, Georgia.
Preceding him in death were his son Joseph Carl Brown (Jake) and also his sons-in-law, Phi lip Carnegie and former Rockdale resident Emmet Perry.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. John’s United Methodist Church.
The family request that any memorials be sent to St. John’s UMC, P.O. Box 168, Rockdale, TX 76567.