RICHLAND HILLS â Jacob Brown Jr. passed away Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. His wife, Geraldine Brown, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
Jacob Eddie Brown Jr. was born April 19, 1918, in Big Spring to Jacob Eddie Brown Sr. and Mary Elizabeth O'Daniel Brown. J.E. graduated from Coahoma High School in Coahoma in 1938 and married Geraldine Musgrove on Oct. 25, 1938.
Geraldine Musgrove was born Aug. 10, 1920, to Oscar E. Musgrove and Zuella Caroline Thomason. Geraldine graduated from Coahoma High School in Coahoma in 1938.
This is where the story begins. After being born and raised in West Texas, the young couple headed west to California. J.E. worked for Vultee, which later became LTV. During this pre-World War II era, they had their first child, Lyndia Carol Brown, born in South Gate, Calif., on Nov. 15, 1940.
J.E. was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1943 and Geraldine and Carol followed him until they returned to Texas in 1946. A year later, the Browns moved to Boise, Idaho, where J.E. joined several Air Force friends who had started an airline, Empire Airlines, which is still in existence in the northwest part of the United States.
In 1948, their second child was born, Phyllis Yvonne Brown. The family stayed in Boise, Idaho, until J.E. decided he wanted to go back to school in Texas at Bell Aircraft, which had just moved to Hurst from New York state.
After finishing school, J.E. then joined Bell Aircraft Experimental Flight. In 1953, their third and final child was born in Fort Worth. Jacob Eddie Brown III was born Aug. 23, 1953, one week after J.E. and Geraldine moved into their home at 6800 Park Place Drive in Richland Hills.
For the next 58 years, J.E. and Geraldine resided at the Park Place home, raising their children and entertaining nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. In 1980, J.E. retired from Bell Helicopter and he and Geraldine traveled the United States, Europe and Asia.
On Sept. 26, 2011, this love story ended with the death of J.E. Brown Jr., surrounded by his children. Close by, Geraldine was in ICU and died two days later, Sept. 28, 2011.
Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home Colleyville, 817-498-5894
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