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Wayne T. Brown

December 3, 1923 — February 4, 2020

A member of the greatest generation died on February 4, 2020 after achieving the age of 96. Wayne Thomas Brown, Sr. was born in 1923 to Anna Belle Carpenter and George A. Brown in Burkett, Texas in Coleman County. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and was sailing to Japan on the USS Kasaan Bay when the war ended. His family had moved to Fort Worth during the war and he brought his bride, Mildred Elane Grimmett (Elane Brown) here to begin their lives together. After graduating from Texas Wesleyan College at the same time as his sister and mother he started his first career as a cameraman and reporter at WBAP Channel 5. He worked with such legends as Bobbie Wygant, Pat Boone and Bob Schieffer. He covered John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth and was one of the few in attendance at Lee Harvey Oswald’s funeral. Retirement began at the age of 55 after 30 years at the television station which had become KXAS and is now known as NBCDFW. His second career as a rancher began after he moved to his cattle ranch in Lampasas County near Lometa, Texas. His favorite pastime was fiddling and he was a regular at the Pearl Bluegrass Show where there is a practice room named in his honor. Mr. Brown lived the last few years of his life with his daughter, Frances Faulkenburry, and his son in law, Marvin. He is survived by them and his daughter Mary Brown, son Wayne Thomas Brown, Jr, his sister Frances Thompson, two nieces, one nephew and numerous grand nieces and grand nephews. He did not want a funeral but will be buried with graveside services at Center Cemetery in Lampasas County, Texas near his ranch at 1 PM on Saturday, February 8, 2020. Sneed Funeral Chapel entrusted with arrangements.
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