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William A. â€śArtâ€ť Brown, Chief Master Sgt., E-9, USAF (Ret.) passed away Sept. 8, 2012, in Grapeland, Texas. Art was born in Grapeland and graduated from Grapeland High School. He entered the Civilian Conservation Corp until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1940.
His 31 years of military service included time at Bergstorm Air Force Base, now the home of Austin-Bergstorm International Airport, a tour in Vietnam, several years at Webb AFB, Texas, three years at Laon AFB, France, Bryan AFB, Texas, and Goodfellow AFB, Texas. He also served in Africa and India during WWII. Upon retirement, â€śArtâ€ť began a 20 year career as a teacher at Camp Gary.
His life was filled with family, football, farming and Art always enjoyed talking about his extended military career and his work as Pres. Lyndon Johnsonâ€™s chief aircraft mechanic at Bergstorm AFB. He enjoyed his affinity for football through the Dallas Cowboys.
Art Brown was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Mary Brown; his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Brown; and a daughter-in-law, Susan Gaines Brown.
He is survived by his one brother, Zack Brown of Alvin; two sons, Arthur D. Brown of Buda and Barry D. Brown and wife Dorothy of Pflugerville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Grapeland Church of Christ. Burial will follow immediately after the service at the Brown Family Cemetery in Houston County, Texas.
Condolence calls will be received from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Bailey & Foster Chapel, Grapeland. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to cancer research.
To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com