Donald Max Brown, loving husband and father passed away July 8, 2021 at Featherstone
Assisted Living, Moore, OK, holding hands with his dear wife of 60 years.
Born on February 17, 1939 in Shelbyville, TN to William “Jack” and Ruby (Prince) Brown, Don
worked on the family dairy farm, attended Shelbyville High School, and enlisted in the US Air
Force, Murfreesboro, TN (1961). He served as an E-3 Airman First Class in Libya during the
Vietnam War era. On December 21, 1962 he married Bonnie Bell Harrison (Shelbyville, TN), in
Wartrace, TN. Discharged from the USAF at Dye AFB, TX (1966), he attended Abilene
Christian College and earned a BA in Greek New Testament. In 1979 he began serving
Oklahoma’s families as a social worker with the Department of Human Services. After 25 years,
he retired (2003) as a Noble County Administrator in Perry, OK.
Don lived with his wife in Perry for 27 years, and raised three daughters in Oklahoma, Mary
Boren (Norman, OK), Melissa Hanke (Clarendon Hills, IL) and Amanda Carr (Moore, OK).
Having a passion for service, Don was a house parent with his wife at the Tipton Children’s
Home (1976), Society for the Preservation of BarberShop Quartet Singing in America and Lions
Club member. As Elder for the Perry Church of Christ (1993), he enjoyed leading songs,
preaching, and devotionals.
As a sportsman, he loved baseball, football, fishing and birdwatching. He played baseball at
Shelbyville High School and watched all of his daughters' highschool basketball games. As a
nature lover, he traveled annually with his beloved wife Bonnie throughout the Great Northwest
and Washington state enjoying fishing and family. Later in life, he watched birds through his
window in Perry, Norman, and Moore, OK. He was known for his dry sense of humor, funny
one-liners, and humble way of serving family, church and his community.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, sister Aleda, brother Tommy and nephew Jimmy. He
is survived by his wife Bonnie, three daughters Mary, Melissa and Amanda, and several
grandchildren, great nieces and nephews.
Services, Memorial: Friday, July 16, 2021 Perry Church of Christ, 920 N 7th St, Perry, OK
73077, 10:30 a.m. Graveside: Raus community, Sunday, July 25, 2021, Bomar Cemetery, 1700
Hilltop Rd., Tullahoma, TN, 37388, 2:00 p.m.
Donations may be made to Bomar Cemetery 3835 HWY 130 Tullahoma, TN 37388
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