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Lee Edward Brown (01-15-2015)
Funeral services for Lee Edward Brown, 96, of Farmerville, were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, 2015, the Farmerville United Methodist. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Farrar Funeral Home. A private family interment was at McDaniel Cemetery, Kelly, La.
Lee was born in Shreveport on July 26, 1918. He graduated from Byrd High School and became the first Eagle Scout in Troop 90. He graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1949 with a degree in business.
He served in the Army Corps in Trinidad and Panama and he reached the rank of Sargent. Back in the U.S., he graduated from Engineer Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was recalled to service and spent 1 year and 1 day in Korea. He received an honorable discharge as a 1st Lieutenant. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Lee was married to Dottie L. Starling for 68 years. They had two children – Dr. Edward Lansing “Lanny” Brown, a radiologist from Monroe, and Laura Kathleen McCrory, a retired teacher of Fairview, Texas. He is also survived by: Emilee and Analise Brown of New Orleans, Erin Evans of Dallas. Texas and Allison McCrory of Falmouth, Maine.
He was business manager of Pinecrest State School in Pineville, LA, administrator of Washington-St. Tammany Charity Hospital in Bogalusa, Lake Charles Charity Hospital and E. A. Conway Hospital in Monroe, from which he took an early retirement to become executive director of the Louisiana Hospital Association, where he served until retirement.
Moving to Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville started a whole new life of travel, volunteer work, dancing and just plain fun. He enjoyed having his grandchildren on the lake fishing, skiing, and swimming, volunteering as the storyteller (Mr. Grandpa), and writing children’s stories for the Union Parish Library. He was also an active member of the Farmerville Lions Club.
In September 2010, he married Peggy Gilbert Russell in the Chapel on Lake D’Arbonne. They literally danced the night away at least three times a week, even winning some dance contests at the age of 95.
Lee is survived by: His wife Peggy and her children Terri Brown and Mike Russell; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren of both Peggy and Lee.
Memorials may be made to the Union Parish Library Children’s Section at 202 W. Jackson St., Farmerville, LA 71241.
This obituary was written by Mr. Lee E. Brown.
Online messages may be sent to the family at farrarfuneralhomeonline.com.