Roy S. Brown, Jr., 92, passed away on January 19, 2013 in a local hospital.
Mr. Brown was born in Picher, Oklahoma on August 20, 1920 and has lived in Lake Charles since 1936. He was a graduate of Lake Charles High School and attended Louisiana State University where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. During World War Two, he served in the United States Coast Guard. He was stationed on the U.S.S. Huron, which was assigned to convoy duty between the United States and Africa. His duties included serving as the leading signalman as well as operating the U.S. Post Office on board the ship which was later assigned as the Flagship of the United States Navy Sonar Base in Key West, Florida.
Mr. Brown operated Brown Building Supply for over sixty-five years until his retirement in 2005.He was a past member of the Young Men's Business Club, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, past president of the Southwest Louisiana Lumber Dealers and past president of the Louisiana Lumber Dealers Association and served for three years on the National Affairs Committee of the National Retail Lumber Dealers Association. He was a past commander of the W.B Williamson Post No. 1 of the American Legion and a member of the Forty and Eight.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 165 and The First United Methodist Church. He was a Past Commander of the Lake Charles Power Squadron and was a member for over fifty years. He was an avid stamp collector for over eighty years, maintaining a membership in the American Philatelic Society and Mystic's Inner Circle. His other hobbies included fishing and duck hunting.
Pallbearers will be members of the Lake Charles Power Squadron: Ned Dautriel, Benjamin Garber, Ken Wilkinson, Stan Chapman, Armin Brahm and Nancy Rogers.
Mr. Brown was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy S. Brown, Sr. and Denise Battraw Brown; his wife, Gloria Kiplinger Brown. He is survived by his son, Steve Brown and wife Jill; his daughter, Nancy Brown Tugwell and husband Gordon; his sister, Nonie Brown Liles; grandchildren, Allison and Stephen Brown, Michael, Melissa and Matthew Tugwell; great granddaughter, Genna Brown; one nephew, Henry Liles; two nieces, Dianne Hebert Miller and Mary Liles Gould.
His funeral will be 1pm, Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. The Rev. Weldon Bares will officiate. Visitation will begin Wednesday, 4pm-7pm and resume Thursday 11am until service time. Burial will be in Prien Memorial Park. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.